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James A. (Jim) Erwin - Principal

The founding partner of Erwin Law, Jim’s area of expertise is in practicing and writing about real estate law. He is well-versed in both residential and commercial areas of real estate, and specializes in representing developers, condominium associations and real estate investors.

Jim graduated from Lake Forest College (Illinois) in 1989 with a B.A. in Business Administration and obtained his J.D. from De Paul University’s College of Law in 1992, the same year in which he was admitted to the Illinois Bar.

He attended the Chicago-Kent College of Law and earned a Masters in Tax Law (LL.M.) in 1996. In 1996, he was admitted to the Bar of the United States Tax Court. In 1997, he was licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court. In 2000, he was admitted to the Bar of the State of Ohio.

Jim is a member of the American Bar Association (Section of Taxation), the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association and the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. He also serves as Of Counsel to the Chicago litigation firm of Holman & Stefanowicz, LLC.

Shari Erwin - Partner

After obtaining a BA in accounting from DePaul University, Shari went on to graduate from DePaul University College of Law in 1996 and became a member of the Illinois bar that same year. She later was also admitted to practice before the US Tax Court. In 2006, Shari became a licensed CPA in the State of Illinois.

Combining her legal and accounting backgrounds, Shari has gained valuable experience in several high profile entities, including work with the Chicago Appeals Office of the Internal Revenue Service, Ernst & Young LLP, Chapman & Cutler, the National Bank of Canada, Commerzbank and Bearing Point.

She serves as a consultant to Erwin & Associates, providing expertise on areas of complex accounting and other compliance matters faced by the firm’s corporate clients.

Daniel (Dan) Hawkins - Partner

As the firm’s lead trial attorney, Dan concentrates his practice on the litigation of real estate disputes, complex commercialcases, and construction defect cases. He represents a diverse base of clients including condominium associations, commercial landlords, corporate entities and entrepreneurs.

Dan graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Construction Management, working as a construction manager before receiving his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in May 2011. Licensed to practice law in Illinois November 2011.

Prior to joining Erwin & Associates, Dan practiced as a litigation attorney for Brown, Udell, Pomerantz, and Delrahim, where he represented Chicago’s premier real estate developers in commercial litigation. He has also worked for the Chicago Board of Education where he selected and evaluated new leased facilities, negotiated leases, and drafted license agreements.

Mark M. Berardi - Of Counsel

Mark M. Berardi practices in the areas of estate planning, wills, trusts, trust administration, estate administration, probate, guardianship and tax preparation, planning and avoidance.

Mark earned his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Chicago-Kent College of Law in May 2011 where he was a member and editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review for two years. His studies focused on estate planning, tax law, and securities and futures regulation. During his law school career, Mark interned at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Henry Simmons in the Cook County Circuit Court. He was also a law clerk at law firm that focused on estate and tax planning, including drafting estate plans with the goal of minimizing the estate tax liability of estates.

Prior to earning his law degree, Mark received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating summa cum laude with a major in economics and with highest distinction from the Economics Department. In addition to his legal work, he has presented seminars on estate tax and planning for the University of Illinois Extension Office.

Michael N. Oreluk - Associate Attorney

Michael graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2008, earning a B.S. in Cognitive Studies.

He earned his Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School in 2011, with a Certificate in Maritime Law.  During law school, he was published in the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property for his analysis of digital property rights

Michael practices in the area of bankruptcy law.  Prior to working at Erwin Law, he represented debtors in the filing of bankruptcy petitions, Rule 2004 examinations, contested hearings, and adversary proceedings.

Michael is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois (2011), the State of California (2013 Inactive Status), and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2011 General Bar).

Shorge Sato - Of Counsel

Shorge Sato is a 2016 SuperLawyer Rising Star.  He has 15 years of litigation experience at law firms big and small, and first chair experience in front of nearly all courts in the Chicago-land area, including the Illinois Supreme Court.  Mr. Sato  is an AV-Rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell and is also a member of the federal trial bar.

Richard P. Sora - Of Counsel

Having received his law degree from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1986, Mr. Sora’s practice is concentrated in commercial and residential real estate law, contract law, business law, estate planning, and probate. He also has extensive trial experience, having litigated numerous business and contract related disputes in the Circuit Court of Cook County and surrounding counties.

Tim Stanton - Associate

Tim received a B.B.A. from Baylor University with majors in both real estate and marketing before earning his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law where he completed the Business Law Certificate Program in May 2012.

Prior to joining Erwin Law, Tim practiced as a bankruptcy attorney at a major bankruptcy firm in Chicago, where he represented over 900 clients in their Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases. While in law school, Tim worked at a local law firm as a law clerk in the litigation and dispute resolution practice.

He is licensed in Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Erwin Law - Staff

Erwin Law - Staff

  • Michelle Craig - Law Clerk
  • Shalonda Davis - Receptionist
  • Ralph Marks - Litigation Assistant
  • Daleda Shamon - Real Estate Paralegal
  • Alicia Erwin - Administrative Assistant