Practice Areas

Administrative Law

Bankruptcy

Construction Law

Eminent Domain / Condemnation

Litigation

Municipal Law

Real Estate Transactions & Finance

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) & Community Development

 

Education

DePaul University College of Law, J.D.

Dean's Scholar

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, B.A.

 

Admissions

Illinois

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Ms. Castillo concentrates her practice in the areas of eminent domain, commercial litigation, real estate transactions, construction dispute and mechanics’ lien litigation. She represents various governmental agencies in all matters associated with property development including site selection due diligence, property designation, property acquisition and construction related disputes.

 

Representative Matters

 

  • Served as counsel to municipal corporation and successfully resolved litigation claims including construction defects, mechanics liens, architecture errors and omissions, and other related claims.

  • Counsel to the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District for the Bloomingdale Trail Project: The 606, which dedicated railroad right of way into a public park.

  • Successfully defended challenge to zoning reclassification of Chicago Public School

  • Counsel to numerous governmental authorities in site selection and land acquisition for the development of new police stations, fire stations, schools and libraries

  • Counsel to the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority for public project development

  • Counsel to various public bodies in various mechanics’ lien litigation and construction claim disputes

  • Counsel to numerous property owners in eminent domain matters against the Illinois Department of Transportation

  • Counsel to commercial landlords in lease negotiation and forcible entry and detainer actions

 

Honors & Awards

 

  • Dean Scholar, DePaul University, College of Law

  • Member, Moot Court Honor Society, DePaul University, College of Law

  • Quarter-Finalist Burton D. Wechsler National Advocacy Competition, DePaul University, College of Law

  • Julie Levy Scholar, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Professional Activities

 

  • Member Chicago Bar Association

  • Member Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

  • Member CBA Judicial Evaluation Committee

 

Community Involvement

 

  • Host Committee Member – Urban Initiatives, Inc. Annual Soccer Ball

  • LSC Board Member – LaSalle II Magnet Elementary School

Nicole Castillo

ncastillo@nealandleroy.com

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