Paul Bernstein
Metropolitan Tenants Organization

333 E. Ontario St.
Apt. 2102B
Chicago, IL 60611, United States
Phone: 312-719-8451
Fax: 312-280-8180
Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Appellate Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Torts
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Family Law
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
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Practice/Organization Description

Concentrating on representing tenants in Chicago and the State of Illinois in regard to: Evictions (Chicago); Security Deposit and other violations under the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance ("RLTO"); Class Actions under both Chicago and Illinois law.

The RLTO was adopted in Chicago i 1986. It has been described as the "Tenants Bill of Rights" and the Ordinance that "Leveled the Playing Field" between the rights of landlords and tenants in the City of Chicago.

The RLTO came about from reactions in the United States to the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. An extremely fair law, the RLTO not only gives tenants rights they never had before in Chicago residential properties, but also provides for damages if landlords do not follow the law. And, to give lawyers encouragement to represent tenants, the law provides for the imposition of damages for services rendered on behalf of tenants, against the landlords IF the tenant is the "prevailing plaintiff" in any actions brought under the RLTO.

I have also represented commercial tenants, victims of Predatory lending practices and do general litigation.

In practice since 1959, and also a CPA, my love for the law and the importance of the "Rule of Law", and pretty good health for my age, keeps me very active in the day to day practice of law and in a great deal of Pro Bono activities as a Director of the Metropolitan Tenants Organization.

The law of landlord and tenant still leaves much to be desired. And, with the terrible situation with foreclosures in our country at the time this is written (February, 2008), more and more citizens will be exposed to foreclosure, eviction and possibly homelessness. So, even though I've done a lot of "heavy" matters in my years of practice as a lawyer, yet, I derive great pleasure in helping people who really need help...and the RLTO has paved the way for tenants' lawyers to do so in Chicago.

I am also an arbitrator of long standing for the American Arbitration Association.

Respectfully submitted.

Paul Bernstein

Bar Admissions

Illinois, U.S. District Court, Chicago 7th Circuit; 7th Circuit Court of Appeals; United States Supreme Court


University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois (1957 Graduate with High Honors, equivalent of Phi Betta Kappa in the School of Commerce; DePaul Law School in Chicago (1959).

Professional Associations & Memberships

Illinios State Bar Association; Illinois State Bar Association; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Decalogue Society.

Honors and Awards

Chairman of many committees in various bar associations over the years.

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