Business & Real Estate Attorney

About George Lattas

Photo_01George Lattas has experience in finance, real estate, and tax.  His ongoing law practice focuses primarily on commercial real estate matters and corporate/business organization.  While an undergraduate, George worked for GE Real Estate as an analyst.  Upon graduating from law school in 2008, George accepted a position working in public accounting with Deloitte, where he obtained exposure to complex tax compliance and regulation.  George then started a practice focusing on loss mitigation and bankruptcy and was responsible for negotiating over 1,500 long term loss-mitigation resolutions on his clients’ behalf and filing over 300 bankruptcy matters.

In 2011, George accepted a position as General Counsel to a mid-size commercial real estate development and management company.  In that capacity, George negotiated and drafted over a hundred commercial leases, amendments, and assignments with the range of tenants from national companies, to individuals starting their first business.  He also administered a $250M commercial real estate portfolio and served as GC/CFO.  

In November 2013, George spun off and formed his own practice focusing primarily on commercial real estate whose clients include institutional-investor landlords, small and mid-sized national tenants, as well as individuals and partnerships.  In this capacity, George continues to represent his clients on purchase/sale agreements, title examination and closing; lease negotiation, consummation, and administration; corporate formation and administration; and tax compliance issues.  George also has expertise in forming new business organizations, negotiating share/unit purchase and sale agreements, and advising on labor matters.  He has successfully obtained variances and approval to re-zone property in multiple municipalities throughout Illinois.

George has been named a Rising Star by Superlawyers in 2016 and again in 2017, been featured on Chicago’s NBC Channel 5 discussing the legal implication of real estate matters, taught several collegiate courses, serves on the DePaul University College of Law Dean’s Advisory Council, the School Board of Koraes Elementary School, and on the boards of other philanthropic organizations.

Business & Real Estate Attorney

Catherine Van Duys

Catherine graduated cum laude from DePaul University College of Law in the spring of 2016. While in law school, Catherine was a member of the Appellate Moot Court Society and, in her second year as a member was appointed to the Moot Court Board as Vice President of Cultural Heritage. In addition to serving on the Moot Court Society Board, Catherine also served on the Board of the 2016 National Cultural Heritage Moot Court Competition as the Competition President. Catherine has remained involved with DePaul’s Appellate Moot Court Society after graduation by serving as a coach for the 2016-2017 competition season.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Catherine attended Georgia State University prior to her time at DePaul and earned her Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance. After graduating from Georgia State, Catherine worked as an underwriter at a boutique hospitality-lending firm in Atlanta, where she gained experience evaluating real estate transactions. She is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association.