Meet Erica

Erica Crohn Minchella

Erica is a graduate of Loyola University School of Law and has practiced law for more than 37 years. She concentrates her time, talents and passion on assisting clients to be well-informed about their real estate decisions, whether they are buying a home or an investment, as well as helping them get out of debt and to build a solid financial future. Her field of expertise includes the spectrum of conventional and distressed real property issues for both residential and commercial properties, foreclosure defense, short sale transactions, sales out of decedent’s estates and personal and land trusts and counseling her clients in re-establishing their credit and becoming debt free and mortgage free. She also advises investors in need of exit strategies for real estate deals gone sour as well as those who see the current market as a great place to invest, as well as home buyers who are purchasing conventional and distressed real estate. She has maintained her Real Estate License for over 28 years.
Married for over 35 years, Erica works most weekends which is made easier by the fact that she shares office space with her husband’s business. Her son works for her husband’s appraisal business. Her daughter, who is also an actress, works for Erica. Erica shares her passion (and tickets) for the theater, opera and music with her family and friends.

My Approach to Practicing Real Estate Law

I firmly believe that quality legal representation should not be prohibited by exorbitant attorney fees and works to be affordable for clients who respect the fact that legal services do cost money. I do not wish to be the “next” problem for my clients who are in financial distress.

While I love helping people move on with their home purchases and sales, I have a soft spot for people who are struggling with their real estate decisions. I like being the catalyst toward a solution.

“Winning” in a foreclosure case is a rarity. I always hope to find solutions so that good choices can be made and the result best helps the homeowner.

Education & Awards

  • B.A., University of Illinois

  • J.D., Loyola University of Chicago

  • Leading Lawyer - Leading Lawyers Network, 2013-2019

  • Top Ten Residential Real Estate Lawyers in Illinois, 2019

  • Super Lawyer, 2017-2019

  • AV Rating, Martindale Hubble

  • Winner, Kathryn Barisa Rinella Mentoring Award

Bar & Court Admissions

Memberships & Associations

  • Founder & President of the Association of Foreclosure Defense Attorneys

  • Illinois State Bar Association Real Estate Section Council (past chairperson)

  • Board of Directors of Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association

  • Commissioner Village of Skokie Economic Development Commission

  • Member Justinian Society of Lawyers

  • Member Small Business Advocacy Council

  • Member Commercial Real Estate Executive Women (CREW)

  • Member drafting committee for revisions to the Multi-Board Contract

  • Instructor/presenter Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Real Estate Institute, Lawline Continuing Legal Education, and Apex Continuing Legal Education.

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