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"Howard comes with such authority. It takes the pressure off me as President when he is able to advocate for our best interests, and it doesn't have to come from me."

Howard S. Dakoff is a partner in the Community Associations Practice Group of Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC.  He concentrates his practice in condominium, real estate, and general corporate law.  Howard has extensive experience in drafting condominium declarations and by-laws, counseling condominium and homeowners’ associations through governing documents enforcement and rendering legal advice on general governance issues for community associations.

Howard is the co-author of the current chapter on "Condominium Management" for the Condominium Law textbook published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.  Howard also regularly publishes articles on a variety of condominium and community association topics and has lectured extensively at seminars on homeowner association law.  Howard has been featured in such publications as Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, and Common Interest Magazine and is a weekly columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Sunday Edition, as the Condo Adviser.

Howard was elected to the College of Community Association Lawyers of the Community Associations Institute, was named by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch" at age 32, was listed as an Illinois Leading Lawyer, and also has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer.


Education
John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1996
University of Wisconsin at Madison, B.S., 1992
Bar Admissions
Illinois, 1996
Court Admissions
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Chicago Bar Association - Subcommittee on Condominiums
Illinois State Bar Association
Community Associations Institute
The Association of Condominiums, Townhouse and Homeowners' Association
Elected to the College of Community Association Lawyers of the Community Associations Institute
AVVO Rated 10 out of 10
Named as one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch" by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Illinois Super Lawyer, 2005, 2007, 2010-2014
Named a Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network
Howard represents Condo Associations, like Lake Point Tower and Pinnacle, as well as management companies, like Sudler and First Service Residential.

Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
The best piece of advice I ever received is that life is about experiences, not things (i.e. engaging in family experiences will bring more existential happiness than the purchase of items.)
What was your first job?
My very first job was a summer job working in a warehouse driving a forklift at age 14 loading freight onto trailers to be driven across the country. Driving a forklift when you cannot drive a car was pretty cool.
What's the best compliment you've ever received?
The best compliment I ever received from a client is when he said "I cannot imagine doing this job without your legal guidance."

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