Foran, O'Toole & Burke LLC

Foran, O'Toole & Burke LLC

The law firm of FORAN, O'TOOLE & BURKE LLC has built a statewide practice and a national reputation as a champion of property owners' rights.

Firm Overview

The firm's attorneys represent only property and business owners in eminent domain proceedings. The firm does not represent the government when it takes private property.

FO&B counsels and advocates for owners in eminent domain proceedings, inverse condemnation actions, regulatory takings, relocation claims and pre-condemnation negotiations. Their clients range from multi-national corporations to privately owned businesses to homeowners.

Merit-Based Guaranty
FO&B's philosophy is premised on creating value for their clients. To this end, fees are paid out of any increase in compensation that the firm obtains for the client. In other words, if FO&B does not create value for the client, the firm receives no compensation. This merit-based guaranty demonstrates how strongly FO&B believes in its attorneys' abilities and expertise in advocating on behalf of property owners.

Hundreds of property owners have chosen FO&B to represent them in the pursuit of
just compensation for the taking or damaging of their property because

-FO&B attorneys are nationally recognized authorities in the field of eminent domain, lecturing across the country and authoring a plethora of articles on the subject.
-FO&B attorneys have extensive trial experience and have obtained positive results in 100% of the cases the firm has accepted.
-FO&B employs a team approach, committing to each case the diverse knowledge and experience of the entire law firm.
-FO&B's experienced, highly trained support staff of six makes the firm supremely equipped to handle complex eminent domain litigation and to best protect the rights of their clients.
-FO&B is a leading innovator of trial valuation techniques.
-FO&B has a reputation for zealously and skillfully advancing new and unique legal arguments that create precedents which maximize the property owner's compensation.

FO&B also offers its corporate clients an invaluable array of services as an extension of its eminent domain practice. The firm's attorneys are skilled in maximizing relocation benefits, providing counsel and referrals concerning replacement property investigation and acquisition of new facilities. The firm and client form a team that works together in advance of the filing of an eminent domain suit through litigation and beyond payment of full and just compensation.

FORAN O'TOOLE & BURKE'S clients appreciate not only the results achieved for them, but the efficiency, timeliness and personal attention given to them and their case. The attorneys pride themselves on promptly returning all phone calls and keeping their clients fully informed of the status of the litigation. Every step of the process is explained so that the clients completely comprehend what is happening and can anticipate the road ahead. It is important that the client be completely satisfied with the financial result and gratified by the personal service offered by the individual attorneys.
Main Office
Main Office
321 North Clark Street, Suite 2450
Chicago  IL  60610
  • 312-644-1414
Real Estate
The law office of Foran, O'Toole & Burke will represent your real estate legal matters.
The law office of Foran, O'Toole & Burke will represent your real estate legal matters.

John J. Foran

JOHN J. FORAN, born Chicago, Illinois, July 31, 1952; admitted to bar, 1985, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern district of Illinois. Education: Harvard University (B.A., cum laude, 1974); Northwestern University (M.A., 1975); John Marshall Law School (J.D., 1985). Member: Chicago , Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association (Midwest Regional Editor of the ABA Committee on Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use; Member, Committee on: Litigation Section; State and Local Government Law Section; Real Property, Probate and Trust Section). Lecturer: American Bar Association, Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use Litigation Committee, Current and Effective Trial Techniques in Land Use and Land Valuation Cases, Chicago, Illinois 2001; American Bar Association, Committee on Condemnation, Real Property Section, "What's It Worth - Who Wants to Know?" - The Valuation of Real Property in Litigation, Chicago, Illinois 2001; American Law Institute/American Bar Association, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Seminar, Coral Gables, Florida 2001, Advanced Topics in Eminent Domain; American Law Institute/American Bar Association, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Seminar, Phoenix, AZ 1998 - "Apportionment of Damages" and "Settlement Techniques." Practice Areas: Eminent Domain; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law; Commercial Litigation.
  • John Marshall Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Mark T. O'Toole

MARK T. O'TOOLE, born Chicago, Illinois, July 5, 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, Illinois and U. S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Education: Miami University (B.S., 1982); Loyola University (J.D., 1985). Lecturer: American Bar Association, Committee on Condemnation, Real Property Section, "What's It Worth - Who Wants to Know? - The Valuation of Real Property in Litigation, Chicago , Illinois 2001 Author: "New Judicial Subcircuiting Brings a Different Election Process", Chicago Bar Association Record, March, 1992. Law Clerk to Justice William G. Clark, Illinois Supreme Court, 1990. Staff Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. 1991. Licensed lobbyist under State of Illinois regulations. Member : Chicago , Illinois State and American Bar Associations. Practice Areas: Eminent Domain; General Civil Litigation; Commercial Transactions and Real Estate Law.
  • Loyola University
    Juris Doctorate

Stephen M. Burke

STEPHEN M. BURKE, born Chicago, Illinois, June 7, 1967; admitted to bar, 1993, Illinois. Stephen Burke is a second generation eminent domain lawyer. His renowned father, Tom Burke, was the first attorney in Chicago to specialize in the defense of property owners against governmental takings. After attending Brown University where Stephen graduated with honors in Philosophy, Stephen attended Loyola University School of Law, during which period Stephen made law review and clerked for his father. Upon receiving his Juris Doctor, Stephen began his full-time eminent domain career in his father's firm. Stephen has represented more than three hundred property owners in their battles either against governmental takings or for just and full compensation. Stephen has lectured on eminent domain, condemnation and property rights both nationally and in Europe . Stephen is a published author of articles on various facets of eminent domain as well as a published author of fictional work. He lives with his wife and six children in the northern suburbs of Chicago .
  • Loyola University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate