Ronald B. Grais is a transactional lawyer who is highly skilled in all areas of real estate law, particularly as it relates to the development process. With special experience in zoning, tax increment financing and construction, he represents developers, contractors and subcontractors as well as landlords, tenants and occasionally community groups. Mr. Grais has served as a court-appointed receiver for projects still under construction and has extensive experience representing receivers of properties, as well as mechanics lien claimants, in foreclosure and bankruptcy proceedings.
Well versed in the intricacies of LEED certification and development and leasing of sustainable projects, Mr. Grais is a frequent speaker at national conferences and seminars on the subject of Green Leasing. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Grais has been an active real estate developer for more than 20 years. In January 2011, he was profiled in a cover story for Leading Lawyers Magazine - Real Estate, Construction & Environmental Edition. Grais is a trained and experienced mediator with extensive experience as a neutral in resolving real estate contract and construction disputes.
Strongly committed to community service, Mr. Grais for more than three decades has been involved with Thresholds, the largest and oldest provider of mental health services in Illinois, including serving as president of the Board of Directors. He received the 2006 W.F. Faulkes Award from the National Rehabilitation Association Awards Committee, as well as the Citizen Community Rehabilitation Service Award, a Chicago and State of Illinois honor. He was selected for the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative in 2014, and spent a year there training in techniques for accomplishing social change through entrepreneurship.
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Leading Lawyers Network - Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law; Real Estate Law: Commercial; Real Estate Law: Finance (2004-2017)
Martindale-Hubbel AV Preeminent Rated, 5.0/5.0 Overall Peer Rating
Ronald B. Grais has been elected to the Board of Directors of NAMI Illinois – National Alliance on Mental Illness Illinois.
SFGH partner Ronald B. Grais has been elected to the Board of Directors of NAMI Illinois – National Alliance on Mental Illness Illinois.
Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) elects Ronald Grais for a two year term as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Chicago High Scool for the Arts (ChiArts) elects Ronald Grais, for a two year term as Chairman of the Board of Directors. ChiArts, a CPS contract school which develops the next generation of artistically promising, diverse scholar-artists through intensive pre-professional training in the arts, combined with a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum.
The Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Mental Health appoints Ronald Grais to the Editorial Board.
On June 17th, the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Mental Health appoints Ronald Grais to the Editorial Board. JMIR Mental Health focusses on digital health and Internet interventions, technologies and electronic innovations (software and hardware) for mental health, addictions, online counselling and behaviour change. This includes formative evaluation and system descriptions, theoretical papers, review papers, viewpoint/vision papers, and rigorous evaluations
Ronald Grais has been recognized for his 33 years of service to Thresholds, a nationally-recognized community mental health organization, in receiving the 2016 Governor's Volunteer Service Award (North East Senior) from the Serve Illinois Commission.
Aaron Hammer and Adam Grais featured in recently released second edition of ABA best seller "A Lawyer's Guide to Networking"
Leading ABA publication quotes two of the firm's leaders.
Leading Lawyers magazine profiled Adam and Ron Grais in a feature on fathers working with their children in law firm.
In January 2011, Ronald Grais was profiled for the cover story of the January 2011 issue of Leading Lawyers Magazine.
Ronald Grais served as a judge in preliminary rounds of Sixth Annual John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Competition
On May 18, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois, Ronald Grais served as a Judge at the Sixth Annual John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Competition hosted by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Ronald Grais speaks at 2016 On Board Conference hosted by University of Chicago Booth School of Business' Social Enterprise Initiative
On April 15, 2016 the Chicago Booth’s Social Enterprise Initiative hosted the 2016 On Board Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
Ronald Grais provides insights into effective governance of non-for-profit organizations, drawing on his 35 years of service on the board of Thresholds, the largest psychiatric rehabilitation agency in the United States.
Civic & Professional
Corporate Realty, Design & Management Institute's Green Lease Task Force, Member
Housing Opportunity Development Corporation, Director
Roosevelt University, Member, Board of Trustees
Thresholds Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centers, Director, President Emeritus
Thresholds Rehabilitation Industries, President
Economics Club of Chicago, Member
Lambda Alpha International Honorary Land Economics Society, Member
12th Judicial Circuit, Illinois, Volunteer Mediator
Psychiatry Advisory Council at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Member
Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Mental Health, Editorial Board
Chicago High for the Arts (ChiArts), Chairman of the Board of Directors
Ronald B. Grais's recent or notable engagements and experience includes:
- Represented developer of 79 unit affordable housing project to meet the needs of LGBT seniors.
- Lead team assisting master portfolio owner in repositioning big box stores in 5 states.
- Represented receiver of high rise residential condominium through completion of construction and sellout.
- Counseled receiver of regional shopping center.
- Served as mediator in condominium purchaser dispute involving 12 purchasers, lender and developer.