Mitch’s Message: Fall 2021
As temperatures start to cool down, children go back to school and leaves start to change color, it can only mean that, yet again, we’re moving into another season. With fall – or autumn for you more formal folks out there – upon us, I thought this would be an optimal time to reach out to all of you on behalf of the attorneys and staff at Chuhak & Tecson to share some of the latest updates about our firm and how they will help us to continue to be “right there with you” in achieving your goals.
Fall is a time often associated with, among other adjectives, transition and prosperity. So far this year, I am pleased to say that we have experienced both as we have welcomed several staff members and nine new attorneys to our firm, many of whom are early into their careers and chose our firm as both the best option for them to grow their practices and the perfect next step to challenge themselves within the field of law. This influx of bright, young talent into our halls has also provided a golden opportunity for our principals to step up and mentor this latest generation of attorneys. While every business is understandably concerned about matters such as succession planning, what I particularly find most encouraging about this time is that it allows for our more seasoned attorneys to impart the wisdom they have gained over their careers and share their passion for the practice of law. Of the many programs, resources and training opportunities the firm offers its attorneys, one shining example I would like to highlight is our ongoing virtual “Lunch with a Senior Business Developer” series hosted by Christina Mermigas, chair of our Associate and Law Clerk Oversight Committee, in which she and another one of the firm’s principals hold a Q&A and discuss the importance of engaging in business development, sharing how to further build a law practice while also tending to the #1 priority—serving clients. You may find this hard to believe, but I was once a young attorney here at Chuhak & Tecson! All these years later, I feel grateful to continue working alongside some of the attorneys who trained me—and together we are now all working to train the next generation. In terms of satisfaction, it truly doesn’t get much better than that.
Speaking of “new” and “transitions,” we have also made several strides toward our eventual move next February to our new office space in the West Loop, just across the river. We are well into the design phase of our project and over the past several months our attorneys and staff have met with contractors, architects, engineers and designers in order to communicate their needs and wishes for our new home. We have been in the process of picking out new furniture for the space, taking into account everyone’s opinion through several rounds of online surveys. I for one did not realize that picking out desk chairs was going to such a democratic process! I have tested more chairs recently than I thought possible over a lifetime. We have even launched a short essay contest series for both the attorneys and staff, asking them to write about certain topics about home — with this month’s prompt being “What makes a house a home?” — and have more activities planned in an effort to boost excitement and morale ahead of our February move-in date. These are all initiatives in place to ensure our comfort and productivity will remain high, so we can continue to provide you with the best quality service.
Finally, we have been closely following the latest developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including the recent directive by the U.S. Department of Labor mandating companies employing more than 100 people to require employees to either get vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. Our Executive Committee has been actively discussing how to best address this matter, listening to all of our employees’ concerns, so we can implement a workplace policy that is accommodating to everyone, that is in compliance with the regulations set forth, and most importantly that protects the health and safety of our attorneys and staff. This will in turn benefit you, whether you come visit us in person at our current office, future space or communicate with us remotely as we work diligently and efficiently to address all of your needs.
In the meantime, and in-between your long walks to enjoy the beauty of the changing leaves, I urge you to continue reaching out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or any of our other talented attorneys with any matters you need assistance with, or just simply to say hello. We look forward to connecting with you but until then, be healthy, stay safe and enjoy the good weather while it’s still around.
Mitchell D. Weinstein (312 855 4608), President, Chuhak & Tecson, P.C.
This Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. communication is intended only to provide information regarding developments in the law and information of general interest. It is not intended to constitute advice regarding legal problems and should not be relied upon as such.