Jonathan L. Loew

Jonathan L. Loew

Chicago, IL


Jonathan concentrates his practice on civil trials, complex and critical motions, and appellate matters.

For decades, Jonathan has represented lawyers and judges in cases involving professional responsibility, malpractice, and ethics, including complaints of misconduct and disciplinary proceedings before the Hearing and Review Boards of the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, and the Illinois Supreme Court.

“Like every effective litigator, I work diligently to present my client’s position, make sure that the client is treated fairly, and assist the court in reaching a just decision.”

Jonathan has also represented banks, financial services companies, trusts and trustees, fiduciaries, and other businesses in a broad range of real estate and commercial litigation. He represents clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and draws on his extensive background and legal acumen to quickly and aggressively pursue client objectives at every step of the process.

Jonathan has played a leading role in many important published decisions, including:

  • Merrilees v. Merrilees, 2013 IL App (1st) 121897) (affirming dismissal of actions to unwind a marital settlement agreement under theories of conspiracy, fraud, and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) 
  • Keck v. Vasey, 359 Ill. App. 3d 566 (1st Dist. 2005) (confirming a client’s right to refuse to appeal an adverse decision and discharge a lawyer without penalty upon the conclusion of proceedings in the trial court, despite a contingent fee contract)
  • Mermelstein v. Preferred Enteral Systems, Inc., 349 Ill. App. 3d 800 (1st Dist. 2004) (resolving discrepancies between provisions of the Limitations Act)
  • In re Richman, 191 Ill. 2d 238 (2000) (detailing the obligations and standards applicable to disbarred lawyers petitioning for reinstatement to the practice of law)
  • Whyte v. Citicorp Savings (In re Estate of Davis), 260 Ill. App. 3d 525 (1st Dist. 1996) (first impression case construing the Durable Powers of Attorney Act and duty of third parties to investigate the legitimacy of durable powers of attorney; result was a legislative change in the law to adopt the bank's position in the case)
  • Comerica Bank-Illinois v. Harris Bank Hinsdale, 284 Ill. App. 3d 1030 (1st Dist. 1996) (clarifying the rights of obligations of a mortgagee seeking to exercise an assignment of rents)
  • Affiliated Bank v. Evans Tool & Mfg. Co., 229 Ill. App. 3d 464 (2d Dist. 1992) (first impression case holding that the perfected security interest of a secured creditor preceded a lien created for a creditor under the Illinois Tool and Die Lien Act)
  • Bornstein v. First Chicago Trust Co. of Illinois, 232 Ill. App. 3d 623 (1st Dist. 1992) (confirming the propriety of a land trustee's refusal to take the direction of one beneficiary over another, and the trustee's right under the land trust agreement to recover its litigation fees and costs from its beneficiaries)
  • Wilder Binding Co. v. Oak Park Trust & Savings Bank, 125 Ill. 2d 121 (1990) (first impression case fixing the rights and obligations of banks and account customers in check forgery cases under Articles 3 and 4 of the Illinois Commercial Code)

Jonathan has authored articles on interlocutory appeals, post-judgment motions, creditor remedies, civil trial practice and related topics. His work has been published in Appellate Law Review, IBA LAWwatch and the CBA Record, and by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Jonathan has spoken before many legal associations, professional organizations and other industry groups, including events sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Appellate Lawyers Association, Illinois Bankers Association, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Land Trust Council of Illinois, First American Title Insurance Company, PrivateBank, and Citibank, FSB.



DePaul University College of Law
J.D., 1981
Ripon College
B.A., 1978

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Organizations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association, Commercial Litigation Committee
  • Illinois Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Appellate Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2005-2007 and 2011-2013
  • Appellate Lawyers Association, Seminars Committee (Chairman, 2001-2007; Co-Chairman, 2008-2009 and 2012-2014)
  • Appellate Lawyers Association, former Member of the Appellate Law Review Editorial Board


Jonathan is a frequent participant in Much Shelist's social responsibility activities. He volunteers at the Lakeview Pantry and Ronald McDonald House, and provides pro bono assistance to individuals through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.

Insights & Events


  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2015-2019
  • Leading Lawyers Network, Commercial Litigation, 2007-2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, AV Preeminent®
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