Ira Piltz has represented a broad spectrum of U.S. and foreign clients on a wide range of complex matters. Ira served as lead counsel to a large real estate concern seeking zoning variances for the renovation of a major state owned property, and has represented some of the largest insurance and finance companies in Illinois. Ira represents several corporations listed annually as top performing companies by Crains Chicago Business. Most recently, Ira served as General Counsel and Director of Legal Services for an international outsourcing and consulting company, managing attorneys and legal affairs on three continents.
Ira served as the 2005-2006 American Bar Association Vice-Chair (YLD) for the Trusts, Estates and Real Estate Division, participating in efforts to educate the legal community about the complexities of real estate and estate planning work. Ira is also a sought after speaker, having taught real estate law to agents and legal professionals in Illinois and American law overseas, most notably in India and Israel.
Ira is also a successful litigator, having represented clients in complex cases before various courts throughout the State of Illinois as well as the 7th Circuit. Ira is a member of the Federal Trial Bar for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois and has participated in teaching members of international jurisdictions about American trial practice.
In 2004, Ira successfully vindicated the rights of observant religious women in Illinois, allowing them to obtain State IDs with their hair covered. This case led to a change in Illinois State Law and had been cited as a precedent in other leading civil rights cases throughout the United States. Additionally, Ira is a published author with many of his pieces on international law, commercial law and the law of the Internet appearing in numerous online publications.
Ira holds a B.A. from Yeshiva University and a J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law. He holds memberships with the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Decalogue Society of Jewish Lawyers.