October 10, 2013

Chicago-based law firm Much Shelist recently announced the addition of Josh M. Leavitt as a Principal in the firm’s Construction Law practice group, one of the largest such groups among full-service law firms in Chicago. Additionally, the firm elevated Sheryl Jaffee Halpern to chair of the Labor & Employment practice group and Courtney E. Mayster to vice chair of the Real Estate group. 

Josh Leavitt has more than 25 years of experience advising both domestic and international clients, including owners, contractors, architects, engineers, suppliers, manufacturers and commercial landlords and tenants on all aspects of construction law, including disputes, contracts and industry risk. An experienced litigator, he also counsels clients in electronic discovery matters and large general commercial and non-construction industry disputes, including matters valued at over $100 million. He frequently employs alternative dispute resolution techniques, including creative forms of mediation and arbitration. On the transaction side, Leavitt counsels clients on delivery system selection, contract negotiation, risk management and licensing matters. He also leads due diligence in construction industry M&A transactions. Leavitt is an elected Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers. He received a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Yale University.

Sheryl Halpern helps employers make important decisions about their employees in a way that fosters peace in the workplace, so they can focus on their businesses rather than on litigation. She counsels clients on a wide range of employment matters and regularly conducts employment practices audits and compliance training of management and rank-and-file personnel. Her work also includes the creation of employment policies and handbooks, offer letters, employment and separation agreements, restrictive covenants, and more. She has successfully represented employers at the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the Illinois Department of Labor. Halpern received a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Courtney Mayster counsels clients in all aspects of commercial and multifamily real estate and finance. She focuses her practice on the representation of lenders in a variety of financing transactions. She also represents property owners, developers and investors in multifamily, retail, commercial and industrial finance, acquisitions, dispositions and development projects. Mayster regularly works with banks, borrowers and investors on loan workouts, restructurings and distressed asset sales. She has significant experience in preparing property reports and other condominium-related documents as well as the registration of multifamily housing developments with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Interstate Land Sales Act. Mayster holds a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and a B.A. from Georgetown University.

“Our construction law practice continues to thrive and grow, and we are excited to have Josh join the firm and enhance our depth in this area,” said Mitchell S. Roth, Managing Partner. “In addition, Sheryl and Courtney’s leadership, deep experience and commitment to client service have enhanced our relationships with a variety of our clients, while also helping the firm further broaden our full range of labor and employment and real estate services.”