Practicing real estate law gives Jeff Bier a great sense of satisfaction. “It’s gratifying to know that when I walk out of a closing, one party is going straight to their new home and the other party is — hopefully — going straight to the bank with a big check,” he says. “That is a nice feeling and makes the work fulfilling.”
Bier, a real estate attorney with Bier Dobek Associates LLC, assists buyers and sellers in Chicago and the suburbs with residential properties. In addition to standard transactions, he also handles REO deals, tax appeals and, in limited circumstances, commercial litigation.
“This past year has been about being a good friend, being there for others when they needed me and helping them through difficulties — both as a lawyer and a listener,” Bier says. It was also a year of new beginnings. Bier joined up with two veterans of commercial and residential real estate and a finance expert to found BMS Ventures, which is focused on acquisition and development in qualified opportunity zones. His role in the company is as a partner and general counsel.
In testimonials, clients say Bier is accessible, no-nonsense, cordial, collaborative and practical. A member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, American Bar Association, Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association and American Land Title Association, he prides himself on staying current and prioritizing his clients. “I answer every email and return every phone call on the day it is received,” he says. “Clients expect the frequency of communication and appreciate being informed and assured that their deals are moving forward.”
While Bier’s law degree is central to his qualifications, his past experience working as a technical consultant focused on commercial real estate and development is also an important asset. His extensive network of agents, builders, lenders and real estate attorneys enables him to provide clients with value-added services they may not find elsewhere. In his free time, Bier plays golf and enjoys reading and getting away to catch up with friends.