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Samuel H. Levine

Of Counsel




Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D. 1981

Washington University, B.A. 1978

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court

  • Northern District of Illinois

Samuel Levine's practice covers a broad spectrum of activities in the area of real estate litigation, including construction disputes, mechanics liens and bond claims, commercial mortgage foreclosures and other proceedings to enforce creditors’ rights, real estate title disputes and bankruptcy matters.

He has tried and arbitrated construction, foreclosure and real estate related litigation cases. His clients include major financial institutions and other secured creditors, developers, construction industry clients and title insurers. Samuel has written and spoken extensively on a variety of topics relating to construction law, mortgage foreclosure law, bankruptcy and other real estate topics. He is an arbitrator of mechanics lien cases as part of the Cook County, Illinois mechanics liens pilot arbitration program.

Representative Matters

Enforced construction lien and surety bond claims in multiple jurisdictions throughout the country on behalf of a national glass and glazing contractor after it filed bankruptcy.

Represented a national mechanical contractor and a wall, ceiling and painting contractor in both bankruptcy and state court in the enforcement of mechanics liens in excess of $1,000,000 on a bankrupt hotel and in a lien priority dispute with the lender to the hotel. The contractors received a very favorable settlement.

Represented a multi-national manufacturing corporation in a payment and construction defect dispute regarding its Northern Illinois chemical plant.

Represented a national mechanical contractor in a construction defect dispute over boilers delivered to a Chicago condominium building.

Extensive experience in mechanics liens enforcement and proceedings, payment and performance bond enforcement, loan enforcement, and real estate title disputes.

Extensive experience in representing insurance companies, note purchasers and servicers in loan and collateral enforcement and obtaining and enforcing judgments on guaranties.

Represented third party note purchaser in a contested multi-day foreclosure trial over the validity of the mortgage which secured the note.

Successfully represented the chairman and chief executive officer of a major steel manufacturer in a specific performance lawsuit enforcing his contract for the purchase of a home in Riverside, Illinois.


Illinois Super Lawyers; Construction Litigation, 2006; 2010-2017

Professional Activities

Illinois State Bar Association, Commercial Banking Collections and Bankruptcy Section Counsel; Member and Past Chair;

Illinois State Bar Association Construction Law Committee, Member and Past Chair

Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys; Member and Legislative Chair

Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association; Past President

American College of Real Estate Lawyers; Fellow and Chair of its Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights Committee

Chicago Bar Association, Mechanics Liens and Construction Subcommittee; Member and Past Chair

DuPage County Real Estate Law Committee


"Real Estate Short Course," Illinois Institute of Continuing Education, Chicago, Illinois, Sept. 19 - 20, 2017

"Mechanics Liens and Claims in Bankruptcy," Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, Jan. 26, 2017

"Real Estate Litigation: A Toolkit for Transactional Lawyers," PLI Commercial Real Estate Institute, Chicago, Illinois, Nov. 15, 2016


"Restoring the Benefit of the Bargain," American College for Real Estate Lawyers Papers, Spring 2017

Co-authored Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Handbook on Real Estate Litigation Chapter on Rescission and Chapter on Judgments, Reinstatement and Redemption, 2016

“Tis Better to Receive-The use of a Receiver in Managing Distressed Real Estate,” American College of Real Estate Lawyers Papers, Fall 2009

Co-Authored Mechanics Liens in Illinois Handbook Chapters on, "Trial Practice: Proof of Selected Issues” and “Trial Practice: Proof of Damages Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE)

"Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Practice Handbook," Chapter Author “Judgments of Foreclosure, Reinstatement, and Redemption”