Fox Expands Chicago Office With Addition of William Choslovsky and Mary Nicolau

May 21, 2015 – Press Releases

Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to announce the expansion of its Chicago office with the addition of William Choslovsky and former Supervisor of the Real Estate Tax Unit in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Mary T. Nicolau as partners.

Choslovsky joins the firm’s Litigation and Bankruptcy Departments while Nicolau will be a member of Fox’s Real Estate Department.

“Our goal was to expediently and strategically add talent in our Chicago office to broaden and deepen the services we provide to clients,” said Donna B. More, Fox’s Chicago office managing partner. “Bill and Mary are superb additions to Fox’s nationally known real estate and litigation teams and enhance our capabilities in real estate and real estate tax, as well as in litigation, financial restructuring and bankruptcy, not only in Illinois but throughout the country.”

An accomplished commercial litigator and restructuring attorney, Choslovsky works closely with clients to solve discrete problems in a quick and efficient manner. He represents debtors, creditors, committees, trustees and shareholders in bankruptcy cases throughout the country. Choslovsky counsels clients ranging from banks to hedge funds to companies and family groups in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 proceedings, state court proceedings and complex out-of-court workouts, including numerous real estate workouts on behalf of borrowers, lenders and receivers. He also has experience representing assignees, handling assignments for the benefit of creditors and prosecuting and defending “preference” cases in bankruptcy court.

As both a litigator and transactional attorney, Choslovsky represents developers on real estate deals and in a variety of workout matters. He also counsels banks and other lending institutions on lender-side transactions.

Choslovsky received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1994 and his B.S., summa cum laude, from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990.

Nicolau advises real estate companies, developers, banks, investors and other business clients on a variety of real estate tax matters. She regularly works with clients to reduce real estate tax liabilities and resolve disputes with taxing authorities and other entities. She has significant experience representing clients before local assessors and in hearings before local boards of review, the Property Tax Appeal Board of Illinois, Illinois Department of Revenue and the circuit courts on exemptions, sales in error, tax sales specific objections and related tax issues.

During her career, Nicolau has represented and worked closely with the Cook County Assessor, Clerk and Treasurer in resolving real estate tax issues and proposing and implementing related legislation for the state of Illinois. Before entering private practice, she was an Assistant State's Attorney in both the Criminal and Civil Divisions, ending her tenure at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office as the Supervisor of the Real Estate Tax Unit. She has also served as a Commissioner on the Illinois Court of Claims.

Nicolau received her LL.M. in taxation from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1991, her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1985 and her B.A. from University of Illinois in 1982.

Prior to joining Fox, Choslovsky was a partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, where he co-chaired its Diversity Committee, and Nicolau was special counsel at Much Shelist, P.C.