James Stevens, Condo Law Columnist

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Tressler LLP

James Stevens is a Partner at Chuhak and Tecson, P.C.  He concentrates his practice in litigation and frequently advises condominium associations regarding litigation concerns, assessment collection, defense of boards of directors, and general legal concerns facing condominium boards.  He represents associations in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

Lauren Peddinghaus, CMCA, Financial & Self-Management Expert

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Haus Financial Services, LLC

Lauren is the owner and founder of Haus Financial Services.  Her expertise in condominium accounting & management is the culmination of nearly a decade working with small businesses at a CPA firm and over five years of living in self-managed condominium buildings.  Through her work as Board Treasurer for associations past and present she has gained extensive knowledge of the IL Condo Act and the challenges faced by self-managing buildings.  She works closely with her clients to create financially sound associations and to provide an objective voice when dealing with sensitive owner issues.

Mark Marquardt, Mediation & Conflict Resolution Expert

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Mark Marquardt is a certified mediator with over 20 years of experience and a former member of the board of directors of the Center for Conflict Resolution .  Mark is also the former president of condominium associations in Chicago and Evanston. He can be reached via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jim Taylor, Insurance Expert

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Taylor Group Insurance Agency

James Robert Taylor was born, raised and still lives in PortagePark on Chicago’s Northwest Side.  Being the oldest of 6 siblings and the oldest of 41 grandchildren, James is a family man and feels he has a duty to make sure all of his clients are treated like members of his own.  Since graduating from JohnCarrollUniversity with a Bachelor in Communications, he has compiled well-rounded background in consumer finance, which allows him to be a true resource to his clients.  The Taylor Group Insurance Agency was founded in May of 2006 with the mission to become Chicago’s premier provider of insurance for Businesses and Individuals.  The stated goal of this organization is to help people make educated decisions.   Although this type of methodology is important for all types of insurance, it has made a significant impact in helping Condo Associations avoid many of the pitfalls which lead to financial disaster.