Real Estate / Insurance

Our Real Estate Group includes professionals with expertise and experience in the areas of real estate appraisals, transactions, devaluations, and inspections, including U. S. Department of HUD compliance regulations.

Our Insurance Group includes professionals with expertise and experience in the areas of insurance coverage, claims, underwriting, disputes, breach of contract, bad faith, risk management, marketing, insurance law, policy form and formats, and workers compensation for individuals, families, and businesses.

First NameLast NameTitleCV Abstract
James JohnButlerBanking,
Financial, and Real Estate Expert
Banking and financial operations, transactions, and fiduciary responsibilities; investor relations; pricing negotiations; profitability models; ROA and ROE projections; loan and mortgage reviews; credit analysis; training seminars; refinancing, restructuring, and amortization – strategy workouts; lending and mortgage transactions, including Asset-Based, Commercial Real Estate, Syndications, Mezzanine/Bridge, and C & I; credit investigations; loss mitigation; asset management; credit risk tolerance; loan servicing; default and distressed asset management; REO acquisitions and dispositions; cash flow analytics; profitability models; financial spread software; real estate asset management; dispensation of troubled assets and related loans; credit loan applications and renewals; loan covenant tracking; risk rating; credit reviews; LAN administration; collateral analysis; cash flow analysis; Inmatrix and Symbiant credit-risk management software; due diligence; economic loss; fraudulent activity; mail and wire fraud; foreclosures.
Steven R.Chapski, CPA, CFE, CSMForensic Economist and AccountantAccounting services; tax services; bankruptcies; economics; financial statements; budgets; forecasts; audit reviews; and tax returns (individual, partnership, corporate, and fiduciary); interactions with external auditors; and reconcile accounts; business valuations; fraud; embezzlement; age discrimination; fee disputes; employee contracts; asset valuation/recovery; business interruptions; cash-flow projections; gift valuations; intangibles valuation; software audits; wrongful discharge; lost wage valuation; alimony/child support; divorce settlements; retail accounting; receivables analysis; asset valuation/recovery; inventory damages; trust administrations; royalties; commissions.
BurkeChristensen, KJ, CLUInsurance ExpertMr. Christensen has over 35 years’ experience as an Attorney and Insurance Professional. His experience and expertise includes insurance loss claims; risk management; property-liability; life-health; insurance agency operations; estate planning; special insurance problems; marketing and sale of insurance products; market conduct compliance; federal regulatory bodies; social security; tort law; ethical issues; post-claim underwriting; agent liability; term, universal, and variable life insurance policies; risk management; and employee benefits.

Burke’s book publications include McGill’s Life Insurance (1994; now in its 9th edition, 2013); The Best of Strictly Speaking (1995); McGill’s Legal Aspects of Life Insurance (1996; now in its 8th edition, 2012); Essentials of Life Insurance Products (Continuing education textbook, 2004); The Insurance Counselor Series; and editor of eight volumes of practitioner manuals on tax law and insurance published by the American Bar Association between 1990 and 1997. He has also been published in several legal and insurance monthlys and journals and has given numerous insurance/legal speaking engagements.
William R.Feldhaus, PhD, CPCU, CLUMr. Feldhaus has more than 40 years’ experience in the insurance field. His experience and expertise includes Insurance losses; property damage; punitive damage; personal injury; bad faith; coverage evaluation; arbitration/mediation; auditing; risk management; loss settlements; guaranty fund assessments; hold harmless agreements; liability risk; surplus lines; environmental risk; regulations; catastrophe risk; disability benefits; workers compensation; valuation errors; cross subsidies.

Bill is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU). His professional awards include: The Professional Liability Underwriting Society Founders Award, 2009; The College of Business Administration Faculty Recognition Award for Service, 1993 & 1998; and The Harry J. Loman Foundation Research Award, 1991.
Timothy S.Hefty, CPA, CFE, CFF, DABFAEconomist & AccountantAccounting, economics, and finance issues; fraudulent activity; economic damages; business valuations; professional malpractice; mergers and acquisitions; damage calculations; lost profit analysis; insurance claims; marital relations and dissolutions; identification of assets; asset tracing; estate and gift tax planning; succession planning; shareholder and partner disputes; asset diversion; spousal and/or child support; breach of contract; wrongful discharge; trademark infringement; business interruption/impediment.
John J.Murphy, Jr.Insurance ExpertInsurance loss claims involving property damage, punitive damage, and personal injury; coverage evaluation; arbitration/mediation and auditing; auto liability; good faith/bad faith; chiropractors professional; construction defects; first party property damage; lawyers professional; long term exposure cases; medical malpractice; miscellaneous E&O and D&O; municipal liability; nursing home liability; products/completed operations; standard and non-subscriber workers compensation.
Michael E.Schack, CCIMReal Estate and Property Management ExpertMichael Schack has 30 years’ experience in Real Estate and Property Management. His experience and expertise includes policies and procedures; lease negotiations; property inspections; property maintenance; asset management; landlord-tenant issues; acquisitions; property repositioning; standards of care; security; premises liability; dispositions; loan agreements; equity raising; investment performance; multi-family, office, retail, and industrial real estate; oversight of asset managers, third party property managers; leasing agents, construction managers, and other third party providers; due diligence; value enhancement; training asset managers; real estate appraisals; investment analysis; condemnation; and property taxes.

Michael is a Licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker.
William J.Warfel, PhD, CLU, CPCUInsurance Industry ExpertInsurance losses involving property damage, punitive damage, and personal injury; breach of contract; bad faith; agent/broker liability issues representing policyholders, insurers, and third parties; general liability; homeowners; personal and commercial auto; commercial property; business income; individual life and disability; professional liability; employee dishonesty; workers compensation; financial institution bond; inland marine; surety bond policies.