Curriculum Vitae (French)

Lynne R. Ostfeld, P.C.
300 N. State St., Suite 5404
Chicago, Illinois 60654 U.S.A.
tel: (1) (312) 645-1066
fax: (1) (312) 645-1515

By Appointment Only
12921 N. Evans Mill Rd.
Dunlap, IL 61525
tel: (1) (309) 243-5125

e-mail: ostfeld@ostfeldlaw.com
www.ostfeldlaw.com

Of Counsel:
Allain, Kaltenbach, Plaisant, Raimon, Doulet & Boré in Paris & Vincennes, France

ADMITTED

  • Supreme Court of Illinois, l985
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, l985
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar, l988
  • United States Court of International Trade, 1992
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2003

HONORS

  • Leading Lawyer 2015 – Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law (Law Bulletin Publishing Co.)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers 2005 – General Litigation (“Law & Politics” and “Chicago” Magazine)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers 2006 – International Law (“Law & Politics” and “Chicago” Magazine)

ACCREDITED

  • French Consulate (Chicago) (Legal Advisor: 1999-present)

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

  • Civil litigation in state and federal courts and before administrative tribunals on a broad range of issues: contract disputes; construction of wills and will disputes, claims to estate assets; creditors’ claims in bankruptcy court; liability for injuries; insurance coverage; mechanic’s liens; mortgage foreclosures; sexual harassment; racial discrimination; copyright violation;  employment termination; local government law; school law; real estate disputes
  • Business law and transactions: general legal assistance to small and medium companies; creation of companies and corporations; drafting of contracts, company by-laws, employment agreements; real estate closings; sales of business assets; agri-business
  • Estate planning and probate: drafting of wills and trusts; probate of decedents’ estates; administration of trusts; court appointed Guardian ad Litem and attorney for minors and disabled persons to represent their interests in incompetency hearings and estate administration; litigation of will disputes; estate partitions; claims

OTHER LEGAL ACTIVITIES

  • Adjunct Professor, International Agri-Business Law, The John Marshall Law School (2007 – present)
  • Hearing Officer and contract attorney, Chicago Board of Election Commissioners (1998 – present); Cook County Officers Electoral Board (2014 – present) and Public Member per court selection for local governments in election disputes
  • Arbitrator, Circuit Court of Cook County (1991 – 2003)
  • Hearing Officer, Illinois Department of Human Services (1994 – 2005)
  • Hearing Officer, Illinois State Board of Education (approx. 1991-1995)
  • Trained Mediator

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Chicago Bar Association – Former Chair, International & Foreign Law Committee
  • Peoria Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association – Former Chair, International & Immigration Law Section; Member, Agriculture Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Member Editorial Board, Solo & Small Firm Division
  • American Agricultural Law Association
  • Nordic Law Club (Chicago)
  • Union Internationale des Avocats – Secretary, International Sale of Goods Commission; member, Commissions on Contract Law and Civil Litigation

EDUCATION

Legal: The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois: J.D. (June, l985, with Distinction)
University of San Diego Institute on International & Comparative Law, Paris,
France (summer, l983)
Trial Technique Institute, Fred Lane, Dean (l986 to l987)
Honors: Order of John Marshall
Illinois Bar Foundation Research Fellow (1985)
Activities: Fred F. Herzog Moot Court Competition – Individual Winner (1984)
Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (1985)
Graduate: University of Illinois (Urbana), M.A., Teaching of French (1972)
Undergraduate: University of Illinois (Urbana), B.A., French (1970)