Howard C. Berkson, Esq.
Mr. Berkson has a reputation as an Entrepreneurial, Results-Oriented Executive, with over 30+ years of business and legal experience. Moreover, a major portion of Mr. Berkson’s professional career has been involved with developing and managing real estate, in addition to owning and operating several successful businesses over his professional career. Mr. Berkson has been licensed to practice law since 1989, and is a member of the Illinois and District of Columbia Bars. In addition, Mr. Berkson is a licensed real estate broker.
SKILL HIGHLIGHTS AND EXPERIENCE
- Contract Negotiations & Drafting of Legal Documents
- Experienced Negotiator & Court Certified Mediator
- Commercial & Residential Closings
- Construction Defect Litigation Experience as Attorney, Developer, Consultant
- Condominium Board President of a Mixed-Use High Rise Building – Including Drafting of Bylaws and CCRs.
- Start-ups, Business Operations
- Licensed Broker having participated in Hundreds of Leasing & Sales Transactions
- Budgeting, Financial and Valuation Expertise
- Project & Construction Management
- Forensic Analysis & Expert Witness on Valuation & Standard of Care Issues in State and Federal Court.
- Former Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI designation).
- Real Estate Developer of over 1.25 million square feet of commercial/residential projects.
Between the years of 1986 and 1996, Mr. Berkson was recognized as one of the foremost real estate experts in the area of real estate appraisal and valuation; more specifically, as it related to the area of eminent domain issues. As a member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI) for over 12 years, Mr. Berkson testified as an expert witness throughout the United States, and spent much of his time preparing attorneys for litigation on this subject and related valuation issues.
Between the years 1996 and 2007, Mr. Berkson developed with his company over 1.25 million square feet of industrial, commercial and residential property. As part of his development company, Mr. Berkson handled his own site acquisition, economic and financial feasibility analysis, forward planning and design, equity/debt financing, sales and leasing, construction, project and property management, and negotiated and prepared various legal documents on his company’s behalf.
In 2007, Mr. Berkson built the first high rise office condominium building in downtown San Diego, an 80,000 square foot, 29 unit, 10 story building. Within in the envelope of this building, Mr. Berkson created “Anthology”, an award winning and internationally acclaimed, 13,000 square foot, 325 seat supper club, providing fine dining and live music which featured local, national and international artists.
Attorney | Managing Member
Law Offices of Howard C. Berkson, LLC – Chicago, IL September, 2013 – Current
Attorney Mediation Group, LLC – Chicago, IL September, 2013 – Current
The Law Offices of Howard C. Berkson, LLC provides general legal services and consultation with an emphasis on real estate, business and entertainment related matters.
The Attorney Mediation Group, LLC provides Alternative Dispute Resolution through private mediation as well as publicly sanctioned court mediation.
Founder & CEO
Anthology Restaurant Group, LLC – San Diego, CA May, 2007 – March, 2013
Founder, Creator, CEO with ownership and management responsibility of a multi-faceted contemporary supper club grossing nearly $6 Million Dollars. This award winning and critically acclaimed restaurant and live music venue featured fine dining, live music (Grammy award winning, national and international touring artists), and a private event business with a staff of over 85 people. Anthology, a 13,000 square foot, multi-level restaurant with a 325+ seating capacity, was closed and sold in March, 2013.
Berkson Realty Advisors, LLC – San Diego, CA June, 1996 – May, 2009
Founded in 1996 by Howard Berkson, Berkson Realty Advisors, LLC was a multi-faceted real estate company, owning, developing, and managing a selective portfolio of commercial, industrial and residential properties totaling over 1.25 million square feet.
California Western School of Law – Law 1985
San Diego, CA
Bachelor of Science
Indiana University – Real Estate/Finance 1980