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History of our firm
Brotschul Potts LLC was formed in 2007 by childhood friends, Matthew B. Brotschul and J. Ryan Potts. The life-long Illinois residents felt the legal market was saturated by overpaid associates with bloated hourly rates, and littered with young lawyers tied to their desks and not to the community. They saw the need for an entrepreneurial firm with deep experience, and one that was not bound to the billable hour. Despite comfortable and well-paying jobs, significant family obligations, and the fear of the unknown, Matt and Ryan decided to fill the void and did what their entrepreneur and business clients do every day. They took a risk, put it all on the line, and formed Brotschul Potts LLC.
Since then, Brotschul Potts LLC has committed itself to providing fair, comprehensive and reliable legal and consulting services. The firm has experienced significant growth and success; however, the founders remain focused on the firm’s core mission and principles of fairness and trust as it applies to their clients as well as their growing team. Matt and Ryan have always believed that the sum of the parts are greater than the whole – by treating each client and each member of the team as an individual with a unique story, the whole achieves far greater success.
Michael G. O’Rourke – President, Signature Bank
Brotschul Potts has served our bank for a number of years, working on all aspects of our banking services. They have gone above and beyond, taking the time to get to know us, help us and understand our business. As a financial institution details and accuracy are paramount, and we have full faith and trust in their team to deliver exactly what we need. Simply put, they get it.
Nate Ernst – Ernst Development, LLC
Expertise paired with great service is hard to find in any profession. I found it when I chose Brotschul Potts to represent my start-up. They have been crucial to our growth and bring expertise and value to every conversation. They are true partners.
George Olmos – Morgan/Harbour Construction
Brotschul Potts has an intimate working knowledge of contract disputes, subcontractor issues, construction defect and general construction matters. They have a profound understanding of the construction industry and their knowledge and experience provides enormous benefit to their construction clients.
Ed Warm – Joe’s Bar, Bub City, Joe’s Live
Brotschul Potts has played a crucial role in the growth of our entertainment business. They took a genuine interest in helping our business grow, and took a proactive role in seeing us reach our goals. They see the big picture while guiding through the daily bumps in the road that everyone experiences.
Alex Samoylovich and Jay Michael
Brotschul Potts has provided effective and efficient counsel for our property development company. The firm combines the knowledge of how to properly structure each transaction, with the communication skills to promptly negotiate each contract from start to finish. Having attorneys that understand how to prioritize our needs has been extremely valuable.
Terry Zarowny – Century Environmental Resources, Inc.
You can trust these gentlemen at their word and their results. They will not make promises that they can’t keep.
Meet our Team
The practice of law is a service orientated business, and at Brotschul Potts we believe great service starts with trust. We make the time to get to know every aspect of our clients and believe you should know a bit about us.
Matthew B. Brotschul
Phone: (312) 551-9294
Matthew B. Brotschul is a co-owner and partner of Brotschul Potts LLC, which he founded alongside J. Ryan Potts in 2007. With nearly 15 years of experience as a practicing attorney, he specializes in banking and real estate law with extensive experience in lending, construction and land-use matters as well as general business law. His inherent sense of fairness has earned him a reputation of trustworthiness and honesty among his clients and colleagues, and his ability to understand the unique needs of his clients has contributed to the continued growth of the firm.
Before teaming with Ryan to form an entrepreneurial law firm, Matt was the General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer for SMH Contractors in Chicago. As the lawyer for a general contracting firm, he developed extensive knowledge in the legal nuances of the construction and real estate industries. Upon graduation from the University of Illinois College of Law, he also served as an associate for Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP. Matt holds his Juris Doctorate in Law from U of I where he was awarded six CALI Awards for earning the highest grade in his class. He was a member of the Order of Coif and finished fourth in his class. Matt earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Marquette University and subsequently passed all sections of the Certified Public Accountant examination.
Matt is dedicated to giving back to the community and is active in numerous professional and civic organizations. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association as well as the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Matt also supports the Les Turner ALS Foundation and the Anti-Defamation League, and is a member of the Academy of Country Music.
A dedicated practicing lawyer, Matt enjoys spending his personal time with his young family. He is also a business investor, notably acting as co-owner of Joes Live LLC, a music and concert promotion company specializing in country music concert promotion, booking, talent procurement and consultation. He resides in the western suburbs of Chicago with his wife, Vicky and their four children. Matt is committed to success in all aspects of life from family and friends to colleagues and clients. He is loyal and fair, and strongly believes that every person, situation and case is deserving of personal attention and individualized solutions. He is an attorney, an advocate and an advisor.
J Ryan Potts
Phone: (312) 551-9293
- Ryan Potts is a co-owner and partner of Brotschul Potts LLC, which he founded alongside Matthew Brotschul in 2007. With more than 10 years of experience as a practicing attorney, Ryan specializes in banking law, work-outs, private placements, real estate and business transactions, small business consulting, and civil and commercial litigation. He provides his clients with the benefits of his expertise and experience as well as, and most importantly, his keen understanding and commitment to each client’s needs. Ryan is a firm believer that each individual presents a unique set of circumstances, and as such, each case requires a personalized strategy.
Prior to forming Brotschul Potts, Ryan spent the first part of his career as a personal injury and commercial litigation attorney for Clifford Law Offices, one of Chicago’s most renowned and top ranked personal injury firms. During his tenure with Clifford Law, he gained valuable litigation experience and an in-depth understanding of judicial process and negotiations. Ryan obtained his Juris Doctor from DePaul University in Chicago and is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.
Throughout Ryan’s career he has accumulated numerous honors including being named in Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s “40 Lawyers Under 40 to Watch in Illinois” and receiving the 2005 Illinois Trial Lawyers Association William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award. He has authored numerous papers and briefs which were published in the Illinois Bar Journal and the DCBA Brief. A member of the Illinois State Bar Association and former member of the Glen Ellyn Plan Commission and Chicago 2016 Legal Committee, Ryan is also actively involved in numerous professional organizations including the Western Golf Association, Chicago Charity Clays and the Academy of Country Music.
While devoting his career to the law, Ryan’s interests also lie in everything from real estate, politics and business to golf, the U of I and country music. He is an avid golfer, being a former member of the University of Illinois Varsity Golf Team, and is also a business investor, notably acting as co-owner of Joes Live LLC, a music and concert promotion company specializing in country music concert promotion, booking, talent procurement and consultation. He is also the proud father of three daughters, Avery, Kara and Tessa and lives with his wife, Alison, in the western suburbs of Chicago. Ryan is an active and driven individual whose intense commitment extends across all facets of his life from law to family. He strongly believes in living a well-rounded life while continually striving for success. He is an attorney, an advocate and an advisor. Ryan is a licensed attorney in the States of Illinois and Wisconsin.
J Ryan Potts
Chris J. Cirillo
Phone: (312) 551-1132
Christopher J. Cirillo joined Brotschul Potts LLC in 2012 as a law clerk. As a result of his dedication, professionalism and keen understanding of real estate and business law, he has since progressed to Associate Attorney. Chris is responsible for drafting and negotiating commercial and construction real estate purchase and sale agreements, real estate closings, researching real estate and finance law, drafting finance documents, and composing legal documents for state civil and chancery division cases. He is detail-oriented, prides himself on efficiency and makes understanding his clients’ needs a priority.
While in law school, Chris also served as a law clerk for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Financial Institutions. He worked closely with the Deputy General Counsel and gained valuable experience in drafting orders and motions, reviewing the applicability of statutes, and researching case and statutory law. During his tenure with the organization, he also gained valuable skills in negotiation. Chris earned his Juris Doctor from DePaul University where he graduated magna cum laude and as member of the Order of the Coif. While at DePaul, he achieved a certificate in Business Law, served as the managing business editor of the DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal, and was the recipient of three CALI Awards (Real Estate Transactions, Corporate Reorganizations, and Legal Analysis Research and Communication II).
Chris holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He grew up in suburban Park Ridge, Illinois and currently lives in downtown Chicago. Although an avid Chicago sports fan, he considers himself a loyal Hawkeye fan as well. When not working on clients’ sales and acquisitions, Chris spends his time attending sporting events and concerts, exploring the City and reading historical non-fiction. He places significant value on the principles of Brotschul Potts – a complete understanding of the law, an unrelenting commitment to the client and the balance of a well-rounded, successful life.
Chris J. Cirillo
Randall is the Head of Commercial Litigation at Brotschul Potts LLC. He joined the firm in 2017, bringing over five years of litigation experience and a decade of experience in the securities industry. Randall began his career in the securities arena, focusing on the purchase and sale of equity derivatives and fixed income products, and the private placement of securities offerings. Randall also served as an assistant to the general counsel of a publicly traded options company, where he focused on regulations relating to broker-dealers and investment advisors.
Randall also has a background in commercial and corporate matters, and has litigated a wide variety of actions including shareholder disputes, partnership and corporate dissolutions, employment discrimination, breaches of fiduciary duty, and fraud. He has argued dispositive motions in counties throughout Illinois, including Cook and Kane Counties. He has also obtained summary judgments in a federal court ERISA matter and a civil fraud action in the Northern District of Illinois that involved the application of California law. Prior to litigating commercial and corporate actions, Randall was the judicial law clerk for two Cook County Circuit Court Judges. Randall served under the Honorable Martin S. Agran in the Chancery Division of Cook County, where he focused on shareholder derivative suits, administrative reviews, and petitions for injunctive relief. Randall also served under the Honorable Raymond W. Mitchell of the Commercial Calendar in Cook County, for whom he drafted over one hundred memorandum opinions in cases involving breaches of contract, secured transactions, and violations of employment laws.
Randall received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and obtained his Juris Doctor from DePaul University. He has been licensed and in good standing with the Illinois Supreme Court since 2010, and is admitted to practice before the Federal Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. During his tenure at DePaul, Randall received two CALI Awards (trial litigation and real estate transactions), and served as an assistant to an Emeritus Professor in the Criminal Law Department, assisting with a publication in the Northwestern Journal of Criminology and Criminal Law. He is a member of the Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations, and serves on the Judicial Evaluation Committee for the CBA, which investigates and evaluates judicial candidates seeking election and retention in Illinois.
Randall prides himself on maintaining a practical mindset when assisting clients, whether through working toward settlement of a dispute, or taking a case all the way through trial. Randall also perpetuates the values and goals held by the firm, which involve zealously advocating for the client while taking into consideration each client’s individual needs and goals. He currently lives in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago with his wife Anna and their son Jackson. He dedicates a substantial amount of his time to volunteering at the City of Chicago animal shelter, and is actively involved with organizations such as Safe Humane Chicago, which creates programs that help rehabilitate animals that were victims of abuse or neglect, and the Humane Society Legislative Fund.
Tricia L. Putzy
Tricia L. Putzy is an Attorney with Brotschul Potts, joining the firm in 2018. Prior to joining the firm, she was a litigation associate with Williams, Bax & Saltzman, P.C. in Chicago. She has prosecuted and defended large and small businesses in a variety of commercial matters including claims for breach of contract, breach of post-employment restrictive covenants, breach of fiduciary duty, and business torts. She has also counseled and represented clients through pre-trial, trial, appellate, and post-judgement proceedings in federal and state courts.
Tricia has also served as a litigation associate for a boutique firm. In doing so, she litigated a diverse caseload of commercial cases in both federal and state courts, including a petition for leave to appeal which the Illinois Supreme Court granted, and which resulted in a ruling reversing and remanding circuit and appellate court judgments regarding personal jurisdiction.
Tricia earned her Juris Doctor with a Business Law Concentration from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota and holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Legal Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She is a member of the State of Illinois Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago, and she has admissions with the United States District Court, Northern Districts of Illinois and Indiana and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Tricia grew up in River Falls, Wisconsin and has a love of world travel, cooking, enjoying Chicago, and spending time with friends and family, particularly her nephew and niece.
Tricia L. Putzy
Jay Healy is an Attorney with Brotschul Potts, joining the firm in 2019. Prior to joining the firm, he was with Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago.
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John Hourihane joined Brotschul Potts in 2018 as of counsel after more than 12 years managing a successful boutique litigation, appellate and corporate counsel practice. John has also represented clients in complex litigation at Bryan Cave, one of the largest law firms in the world. John is also a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois and his business background is instrumental to his success in complex business and financial litigation and the counsel of corporate clients.
During his career, John has handled complex commercial disputes, shareholder derivative litigation, declaratory judgment actions. He has secured emergency injunctions relating to claims for breach of contract, fiduciary duties, fraud and professional negligence. He has counseled clients in actions based on violation of state and federal securities laws relating to the sale of unregistered securities and fraudulent investment schemes, and in employment controversies that focus on non-solicitation agreements and alleged breach of fiduciary duty. In addition, John has represented clients in state and federal appellate matters that involve prosecuting or defending direct appeals from judgment, securing temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, and pursuing supervisory orders and enforcement of judgments. He is also skilled at alternative dispute resolution, having taken numerous cases to judgment or resolution through arbitration and mediation.
A graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, John is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois. He is a member of the general and trial bars of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court. He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago, and is registered as a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois. He’s also a member of the Chicago Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association.
Adam is an Attorney with Brotschul Potts, joining the firm in 2020 Adam concentrates his practice in property tax rate litigation, complex commercial litigation, business disputes, labor/employment issues, professional liability matters, and construction litigation. Adam has successfully represented Fortune500 companies, individuals, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Having tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, Adam is an experienced litigator that possesses the skills and knowledge to completely analyze the strengths and weaknesses of a case, formulate proactive strategies, anticipate reactions and tactics imposed by opposing counsel, and effectively advance his client’s positions.
Representative examples of cases Adam handled include helping secure a million dollar jury verdict in federal district court against a trucking company, which ultimately settled for more than the verdict and in excess of the available insurance policy. In another case, after Adam appealed a trial court’s ruling in favor of local taxing districts, the appellate court reversed the trial judge and upheld judgments in his clients’ favor. In other matters, after being called to the scene shortly after accidents and fatalities, Adam collected key evidence and developed defenses to prompt expedient and favorable resolutions for his clients.
Adam is actively involved in various professional activities. Adam has made presentations to the Chicago Bar Association’s Real Estate Taxation Committee, acted as a Moot Court Judge for Northwestern and the John Marshall Law Schools, been involved with the Shedd Aquarium’s Auxiliary Board, helped form a Chicago neighborhood association, serves as corporate secretary to a college housing board and was elected as a community representative to the Skinner West Local School Counsel in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.
Adam and his wife live in the Chicago suburbs with their four children.
Erin G. Brown
Phone: (312) 762-5762
Erin G. Brown joined Brotschul Potts LLC in 2017 as a law clerk. As a result of her dedication to the firm and its clients, she has since progressed to Associate Attorney. Erin is responsible for researching and drafting motions and memorandums of law on a variety of commercial litigation matters, attending court hearings, negotiating real estate purchase and sale agreements, facilitating real estate closings, and drafting transactional agreements.
Before joining Brotschul Potts, Erin spent several summers serving as a law clerk at a mid-size defense firm, a small real estate practice, and the Cook County State’s Attorney's Office where she gained valuable exposure to the local court systems and honed her legal research and writing skills. Erin earned her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law. While at DePaul, she served as the managing business editor of the DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal and was the recipient of two CALI Awards (Legal Analysis Research and Communication I and Transactional Drafting).
Erin holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She grew up in suburban Glen Ellyn and currently lives in Lincoln Park. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, exploring local boutiques, and travel.
Erin G. Brown
Phone: (312) 971-8670
Emily Becker is a Legal Assistant for Brotschul Potts. She joined the firm in 2015 as an Office Administrator. Emily prepares paperwork for residential and commercial real estate transactions and assists in real estate transactions working with title companies, opposing counsel, surveyors, and municipalities and governments. She aids in the preparation of paperwork and the filing of complaints and court documents in a variety of cases, including mortgage foreclosure and bankruptcy. Additionally, Emily provides support to the firm’s transactional attorneys and provides legal research pertaining to the firm’s clients. She is a consummate professional with a positive outlook and the ability to keep the office running efficiently.
Emily is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts in both International Relations and Political Science. She is currently pursuing her law degree at Loyola University in Chicago. Born and raised in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Emily lives in downtown Chicago where she follows all Chicago and Syracuse sports. She also loves to read historical and contemporary fiction, and enjoys music, travel and time with her family, friends and pets.
Phone: (312) 621-7405
Stephanie Olesch joined Brotschul Potts as Office Manager in 2008 and was named Paralegal in 2013 after completing her certificate at Harper College. She has played an integral role at the firm from supporting the founding partners and supervising the office staff, to providing paralegal support on the firm’s corporate, banking, real estate and litigation cases. She has extensive experience in drafting and editing legal documents, submitting reports and court documents, and filing preparation. She has also managed the firm’s accounting and HR functions including payroll, accounts payable/receivable and financial reporting.
As a paralegal, Stephanie provides invaluable assistance to the firm’s founding members, counselors and attorneys. Her extensive knowledge in foreclosure litigation, mechanic’s liens and general litigation enables her to provide oversight and input on all legal filings and documents. She is a highly organized and motivated individual who has demonstrated an unrelenting commitment to the team as well as the firm’s clients. Her attention to detail, accuracy and efficiency help to streamline the firm’s operations and ensure its overall success.
Stephanie grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and currently resides in Streamwood, Illinois. She is a graduate of Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and obtained her paralegal certificate from Harper College’s ABA accredited program. She is a member of the Illinois Paralegal Association, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and the American Association of Notaries. She has a strong affinity for the performing arts and frequently attends concerts and theater events throughout Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. She also enjoys singing karaoke, reading and spending time with family.
Phone: (312) 577-7005
Kelly Thames is the Office Manager for Brotschul Potts. She joined the firm in 2013 and ensures the office is run effectively. In her role, she manages the firm’s accounting functions including accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial reports and payroll. She also administers the HR functions on behalf of the firm and oversees the office staff including the law clerks and receptionist. She is a team player and assists the legal team as-needed; and her professional demeanor and organizational skills help to maintain the efficiency of the office.
Prior to joining Brotschul Potts, Kelly honed her management and customer relationship skills as an account manager for Bar Code Graphics. During her eleven years spent with the firm, she managed the accounts of several major retailers and assisted in the implementation of supply chain compliance programs. She developed a sharp-eye for detail and a passion for customer relations.
Kelly is a graduate of DePaul University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She grew up in Morris, Illinois and currently resides in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago. She enjoys reading, cooking and traveling. Kelly implements her skills and motivations to uphold the mission and values of Brotschul Potts – a team-oriented environment reliant upon mutual trust.
Maria Klingele is the Office Administrator for Brotschul Potts. She joined the firm in 2017 and is responsible for all front office operations. Maria prepares paperwork transactions and court cases, organizes new matters coming to the firm, conducts ad hoc support, handles incoming calls and messages, and is responsible for visitor relations.
Prior to joining Brotschul Potts, Maria taught French for three years. She is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and was raised in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Maria currently resides in downtown Chicago where she enjoys teaching yoga in her free time.
At Brotschul Potts LLC we distinguish ourselves by immersing in our clients’ businesses and by being responsive to our clients’ personal and professional needs. We get to know every aspect of the people, business and industry in which our clients operate. It is that knowledge and dedication that opens up new opportunities for our clients and helps achieve the best and most efficient results.