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Steven D. Mroczkowski Senior Counsel

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Ct., W.D. of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Ct., E.D. of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Illinois
  • U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Wisconsin

Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2010

  • Dean's List
  • Dean’s Distinguished Public Service Award

North Central College, B.A., magna cum laude, 2007

  • Economics and French
  • International Economics Honors Society

Language

Steven Mroczkowski concentrates his practice on construction law, complex commercial, real estate, and business litigation, and financial services litigation and is a member of the Firm’s Financial Services Litigation Group. Steve represents owners, contractors, developers, lenders, small and large businesses, and creditors and financial institutions in all manner of disputes, including breach of contract, lien and bond claim litigation, construction defects, complex commercial foreclosures, complex lease disputes, liquidations, and bankruptcy preference and fraudulent transfer suits. He has appeared before state and federal trial courts, bankruptcy courts, and appellate courts and also represents clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings. Steve provides zealous, yet effective and efficient representation for his clients. He also works with clients to prevent disputes through contract drafting and document review, and provides valuable general counsel advisory services to his industry clients.

Steve regularly writes and speaks about developments in construction law and general commercial law as it pertains to the financial services industry. He is a past chairperson of the Chicago Bar Association’s Real Property Law Subcommittee on Construction Law and Mechanics Liens. Steve has been selected to serve on the Illinois State Bar Association’s (ISBA) Construction Law Section Council and is currently serving as the Council’s vice-chair. He was also appointed to the ISBA Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy Section Council. Steve is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Construction and Public Contract Law Section. He was a contributing editor to the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s (IICLE) 2019 update to its Mechanics Liens Handbook.

Steve was selected as a member of the ISBA’s inaugural Leadership Academy class and was recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Construction Litigation for 2020.

  • Represent material supplier in multiple lien and bond claims post-Great Recession resulting in collection rate for unpaid invoices of over 90%
  • Represent general contractors, owners, and subcontractors in litigation of mechanics liens, bond claims, contract claims and general commercial construction disputes
  • Co-counsel for financial institution in bankruptcy adversary proceeding trial centered on debtor’s fraudulent conduct; obtained judgment of non-dischargeability
  • Trial and appellate counsel for court-appointed receiver in complex commercial foreclosure matter; litigated receiver’s ability to raise rent in existing leases for use of property subject to receivership and negotiated rental increase providing sufficient funding for receivership estate
  • Represent owners and contractors in contract drafting and negotiations
  • Prepare contract forms for contractors and owners in attempts to fairly allocate risk and minimize liability exposure for clients
  • Trial and appellate counsel for lender in foreclosure proceeding where borrower challenged standing to pursue foreclosure based on prior bank merger; obtained summary judgment in trial court for client which was affirmed on appeal
  • Counsel for subcontractor in alleged preference claim pursued by bankruptcy trustee; preference claim abandoned with client release obtained from trustee

Memberships & Involvement

  • Appointed to serve as Member of the ISBA Commercial Banking, Collections & Bankruptcy Law for 2020-2021
  • Construction Law Section Council, Member and Vice-Chair
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
    • Leadership Academy, Member of Inaugural Class
    • Construction Law Section Council, Member and secretary
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
    • Past Chairperson, Real Property Law – Construction Law & Mechanics Liens Subcommittee
  • Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois
    • Panel Arbitrator, Mechanics Liens Section Pilot Arbitration Program

Community/Civic Activities

Special Olympics, Volunteer

Feed My Starving Children, Volunteer

Recognized as a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers for Construction Litigation, 2020.