Howard S. Dakoff
Partner in and Leader of Community Associations
Howard S. Dakoff is a partner in and leader of the Community Associations Practice Group of Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC. He concentrates his practice in condominium, real estate, and general corporate law. Howard has extensive experience in drafting condominium declarations and by-laws, counseling condominium and homeowners’ associations through governing documents enforcement and rendering legal advice on general governance issues for community associations.
Howard is the co-author of the current chapter on “Condominium Management” for the Condominium Law textbook published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Howard also regularly publishes articles on a variety of condominium and community association topics and has lectured extensively at seminars on homeowner association law. Howard has been featured in such publications as Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, and Common Interest Magazine and is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Sunday Edition, as the Condo Adviser.
Howard was elected to the College of Community Association Lawyers of the Community Associations Institute, was named by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” at age 32, was listed as an Illinois Leading Lawyer, and also has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer.
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Education & Admissions
- John Marshall Law School, J.D.
- University of Wisconsin at Madison, B.S.
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- Chicago Bar Association - Subcommittee on Condominiums
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Community Associations Institute
- The Association of Condominiums, Townhouse and Homeowners' Association
- Elected to the College of Community Association Lawyers of the Community Associations Institute
- AVVO Rated 10 out of 10
- Named as one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch" by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
- Illinois Super Lawyer, 2005, 2007, 2010-2014
- Leading Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
The best piece of advice I ever received is that life is about experiences, not things (i.e. engaging in family experiences will bring more existential happiness than the purchase of items.)
What was your first job?
My very first job was a summer job working in a warehouse driving a forklift at age 14 loading freight onto trailers to be driven across the country. Driving a forklift when you cannot drive a car was pretty cool.
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
The best compliment I ever received from a client is when he said “I cannot imagine doing this job without your legal guidance.”
“Howard comes with such authority. It takes the pressure off me as President when he is able to advocate for our best interests, and it doesn’t have to come from me.”
September 12, 2022
New Proposed City of Chicago Electric Vehicle Charging Ordinance: What Do Chicago Community Associations Need to Know?Read More
June 29, 2022
City of Chicago Adopts New “Cooling Ordinance”: What Do Chicago Community Associations Need to Know?Read More
June 21, 2022
Can Condo Associations Rent their Activity Centers and Swimming Pools? Howard Dakoff Joins WGN’s ‘Chicago Afternoon News’ to Discuss Hot Topics Facing Condo Owners and BoardsRead More
April 18, 2022
Updated Statutory Disclosure Requirements for Illinois Condominium and Community AssociationsRead More
September 29, 2021
SEIU Local 1 Agrees to Allow Mandatory Vaccination Policies for Certain Union Employees – What Do Chicago Community Associations Need To Know?Read More
September 22, 2021
Illinois Eviction Moratorium Extended (Again) through October 3rd, But the End May Be in SightRead More
August 20, 2021
Howard Dakoff to Present at Community Associations Institute – Illinois Chapter Webinar on Aging InfrastructureRead More
July 28, 2021