Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC
Leo G. Aubel of Howard & Howard is one of the foremost real estate attorneys in the state. Designated a Leading Lawyer each of the last three years by Leading Lawyer magazine, Aubel was featured in its 2018 edition. He negotiates and closes a wide variety of deals for commercial investors and high-end residential buyers and sellers, including celebrities, athletes, industry titans and securities professionals within the River North, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Gold Coast and Bucktown neighborhoods. “I care about my clients, and I take the time to ask questions and really listen to the answers,” he says. “I want to know how each transaction fits into their lives and their investment strategies and how else I can help them achieve their goals.”
With 31 years of law practice in the industry, Aubel has a vast network of real estate agents, and continues to forge working relationships with the city’s many real estate professionals. “It’s like a large extended family,” Aubel says.
In 2017, Aubel and his team topped the $1 billion mark in career residential transactions and closed nine of the top 50 residential transactions in the Chicago area. Although he achieved a number of professional successes, the year came with unexpected challenges, as both of Aubel’s parents passed away. “I didn’t realize how much support and compassion I would receive from not only my co-workers but also my many colleagues in the real estate industry,” he says. “It helped me to realize how many great people I’ve worked with!”
Prior to becoming a real estate attorney, Aubel began his law career in federal securities litigation, soon transitioning his skills into writing private placement offerings and limited partnership agreements for real estate investors. It was a natural segue to closing the same transactions he was structuring. He later served as Chair of the Corporation and Securities Law Section Council for the Illinois State Bar Association, and is currently a member of the Chicago Bar Association and Lambda Legal. He and his husband are also active volunteers with the cancer charity Betty’s Buddies and were recently named Buddies of the Year thanks to their 10-plus years of service to the organization.