The Law Offices of



Real Estate, Zoning, and Municipal Matters

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The Law Offices of Richard Katz was established in 1995 to serve clients in the areas of:

Real Estate Transactions of all kinds, representing sellers and purchasers

Contract matters of all kinds Zoning, Land Use, Building Code Issues, and Municipal matters Environmental Issues

The Law Offices of Richard Katz, Oak Park, IL


Real Estate, Zoning, and Municipal Matters


My law practice is dedicated to protecting the interests of my clients in Real Estate Transactions, in Zoning Matters, Building Code Issues, Municipal Matters, and in matters relating to construction, the environment, and all other property-related issues. I am dedicated to my work, I am dedicated to helping people achieve their goals, and I am dedicated to helping people through difficult situations.

I believe a good lawyer guides his clients carefully down the legal path they must take to achieve their goals, be it a real estate transaction, a zoning matter, or a dispute. I believe a good lawyer helps his clients avoid conflict where possible, but when conflict is unavoidable, I am a passionate advocate for my clients. My focus is always on the best end result for my clients, and many clients have benefited from my advice and counsel.

My Education and Background

I am a Member in Good Standing of the Illinois Bar. My ARDC number is 6229547.  I conduct my law practice with only the highest of standards in ethics, honesty, and fairness in all relationships.


I received my Juris Doctorate with Honors from The Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1995. I received an American Jurisprudence Award in Legal Writing, and a Class Honor in Environmental Law and Policy. I received several academic scholarships and served an internship in the Environmental Law Section of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office in Chicago.   I also served in an externship program at Waste Management.  With my J.D., I also hold a Certificate from the Program in Environmental and Energy Law and Policy.


I am also a licensed Architect in the State of Illinois. My license number is 35247.


Following are endorsements from clients and associates:

Paul Sutcliffe, client and rehabber: Over the past 15 years I have worked exclusively with Richard on all my real estate transactions. His professionalism, attention to detail, and knowledge of the intricacies of real estate law has assured that all the transactions, regardless of the complexity, closed without a hitch. And, as importantly, he is trustworthy and fun to work with!

Paulette Domio, client: I engaged Richard from out-of-state to handle an extremely complex real estate transaction. The favorable outcome can only be attributable to his tenacity and willingness to go the extra mile on my behalf. The level of professionalism he displayed over the course would be hard to duplicate by anyone else given the same project.

Jolyn Crawford, Realtor: I have known Richard for over twenty years. He has a broad range of experience and knowledge in Real Estate and related fields. He provides comprehensive, sound and practical legal advice to all my clients that have retained him. He is diligent in his approach and communicates fully with his clients and associates. He is articulate in his concerns and creative in resolving conflict. Above all, he is a professional with the highest level of integrity.

James Robertson, client: Our company had been struggling for well over a year with the City of Chicago Water Department over some serious billing errors when the City filed a lawsuit. At that point we engaged Richard. His approach was to work with the City’s outside counsel to pinpoint the source and the reasons for the erroneous billings. Using reason and his negotiation skills, Richard was able to reach a very fair settlement with the City, which we learned was very unusual, as the City rarely ever settles a water billing dispute. We believe Richard’s success on our behalf is due to his high level of professionalism and his ability to work with the other side in resolving complex matters. We only wish we had retained him sooner.

Norm and Neila Teiber, clients: We are long-time residents of the Village of River Forest. Early last year, much to our surprise, we were served with a notice that our outside lighting was in violation of the Village’s public nuisance ordinance. We were summoned to appear before an administrative judge, who found in favor of the Village. At that point, we engaged Richard. Richard counseled us against suing the Village until we had exhausted all other avenues. After researching the matter, he found there was no legal basis for the Village’s claim whatsoever, which he then clearly articulated to the Village’s legal counsel. The Village decided at that point to completely drop the matter. Richard is an excellent attorney whose strategy and skillful communications led to the successful outcome of this matter.

Jim and Mary Fahey, clients: We are longtime residents of Oak Park who have found ourselves in the midst of a zoning variance issue. Several attorneys would not take our case, but Richard believed in our cause and took it on. He has been a passionate advocate for us and continues to carry on the legal battle to protect our rights. We are confident that we will have a positive outcome because of his involvement. Richard has broad knowledge on zoning issues and exensive advocacy experience. He is thoughtful about what is the best path for his clients. Highest recommendation!

Pete Dykes, client:  I have been a seller and a purchaser of real estate, mostly for investment purposes, for many years.  I only work with Richard.  He is smart, knowledgeable, and very professional.  He always looks out for me in any transaction, no matter how complex it may be.  He is very diligent and a pleasure to work with.  I am pleased to offer my highest recommendation.

My Law Practice Philosophy

I am dedicated to protecting my clients’ rights and interests, be it a real estate transaction, a zoning matter, or a municipal dispute. I am always available to my clients and will work hard to achieve the desired end result. I am passionate about my work. I care about what is best for my clients, and I give every client my full attention.

If you think I am the attorney for you, then please call me at

708 524-1000, or email me at archlaw1@ameritech.net,

and I’ll be there to help you.