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Aurora Austriaco

Shareholder

105 West Adams Street, 35th Floor Chicago, IL 60603

(312) 238-9061 | aaustriaco@vablawfirm.com


Experience

Aurora concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation, construction litigation, mechanic’s liens, defense of mortgage foreclosure, mortgage fraud - plaintiff, title insurance claims litigation, and other special chancery remedy cases. Her clients range from multinational corporations to small and startup companies to individuals.  Aurora is currently serving as Commissioner for the Illinois Courts Commission and is in her 12th year as Chair of the Cook County State’s Attorney Asian Advisory Council.  She served 9 years as Commissioner for the Park Ridge Planning and Zoning Commission, and has served 11 years as Commissioner for the Cook County Human Rights Commission.  She is the immediate past president of the Chicago Bar Association, and was named a Super Lawyer-Real Estate, one of the Top 10 Women Consumer Attorneys by Leading Lawyers, and one of the Top 10 Women Lawyers in Real Estate.  Aurora is also fluent in Tagalog.

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Illinois

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

  • United States Supreme Court

Representative Engagements

  • Lead Counsel on a senior fraud financial exploitation case and obtained a multimillion dollar judgment against various defendants and in favor of the elderly clients.

  • Lead Counsel on a mortgage fraud scam wherein the client was defrauded by her ex-husband who took out several millions of dollars in fraudulent mortgages under her name without her knowledge against the marital property.  The lender foreclosed against the wife based on the fraudulent mortgages and we prevailed on  a summary judgment in favor of the wife and against the defrauding ex-husband.

  • Lead counsel on a title insurance claims litigation involving a mortgage scam.  Our firm obtained hundreds of thousands in judgment against the fraudulent parties and in favor of the title insurance company.

  • Represented various developers in the purchase and conversion of several buildings to condominium units.

  • Represented various business owners on the purchase and sale of restaurants, hotels, apartment buildings and commercial buildings.

  • Lead counsel in various title insurance claims litigations.

  • Lead counsel in a mechanic’s lien litigation involving a fraudulently released claim for lien wherein the general contractor’s lien was fraudulently signed and released by the owner.  We successfully recovered over $300,000.00  in favor of the general contractor claimant.

Boards

  • Chicago Bar Association, President (2012-2013) and ABA House of Delegates (2012-present)

  • Presence Health Systems, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Community Board Member (2012-present)

  • Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc., Board Member (2006-present)

  • ATG Legal Serve, CEO and Board Member (2012-present)

  • Chicago Bar Foundation, Board Member (2000-2008)

  • Center for Conflict Resolution, Board Member (2000-2005)

  • Illinois Real Estate Lawyers' Association, President (2004-2006)

  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois, Past Board Member 

  • Filipino American Bar Association, Founding Board Member (1999)

  • Cook County State's Attorney Asian Advisory Council, Chairperson (2004-present)

  • Cook County Human Rights Commission, Commissioner (1996-2008)

  • Park Ridge Planning and Zoning Commission, Commissioner (2004-2013)

  • Hubbard Street Dance of Chicago, Board Member (2011-2014)

  • American Bar Association, State Delegate (2017-2020)

  • National Conference of Bar Presidents, Secretary (2017-2018)

  • Maine Township School District 207, Elected School Board Member (2017-2021)

Awards

  • CBA Alliance for Women, "Alta Mae Hulett" Award, 2006

  • Cook County State's Attorney, "Distinguished Service" Award, 2008 

  • Philippine Chamber of Commerce, "Ten Most Outstanding Filipino American Businessmen," 2009 

  • Diversity MBA Magazine, "Top 100 under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders," 2011

  • Today's Chicago Woman, "100 Women of Influence," 2013

  • Award by Institute of Women Today, "Sister Margaret Traxler," 2013

  • Asian American Coalition of Chicago, "Ping Tom" Award, 2015

  • Filipina Women’s Network, "2015 Global FWN 100 Women," 2015

  • Chicago Filipino American Hall of Fame "Excellence in Public Service," 2015

  • Named "Super Lawyer in Real Estate," 2012-present

  • Recognized as a "Leading Lawyer" in the areas of Real Estate Law and Consumer Law, 2009-present

  • Recognized "Top 100 Women Consumer Law" Attorneys by Leading Lawyers, 2013-15

  • Named Illinois "Super Lawyer" in general litigation, 2015-2016

Employment

  • Austriaco & Associates - Founding Partner (2009-2016)

  • Clark Hill - Of Counsel (2012-2014)

  • Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund, Inc - Corporate Counsel & Managing Attorney (1993-2003)

  • Harold I. Levine, Ltd - Associate (1990-1993)

Education

     University of Chicago Booth School of Business
     
Chicago, Illinois - Finance for Executives, Certificate Course 2016

     De Paul University School of Law
     Chicago, Illinois - Juris Doctor, 1990

     De Paul University
     
Chicago, Illinois - Bachelor of Science, 1987