Nicholas Bartzen is the founder of Altus Legal, LLC and exclusively represents Illinois community associations. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Condominium Subcommittee, and is an active member of CAI-IL, the Illinois chapter of the Community Association Institute, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
Nicholas is both frequently published and interviewed on condo and HOA legal issues in a range of local and national industry publications, including Condo Lifestyles Magazine, Common Interest Magazine, the CAI-Illinois publication, The New York Cooperator: The Co-op and Condo Monthly, and The Chicagoland Cooperator: The Condo, HOA and Co-op Monthly. He is also a frequent lecturer and host of legal seminars for industry organizations and area property management companies (list of presentations available via the “Presentations” tab above). You may also see his extensive list of community association publications by clicking the “Publications” tab above.
Prior to law school, Nicholas worked for two premiere Chicago condominium management firms managing associations as a licensed Illinois CAM (Certified Association Manager), overseeing staff, and administering large-scale capital improvement projects. During his time as a property manager, Nicholas trained with the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) to earn his CPM® credentials.
Finally, in addition to association law, Nicholas is a frequent speaker at forums and contributes to articles related to legal technology, including the Evolve the Law 2018 seminar, Giant City Media’s Artificial Intelligence: Moving Legal Innovation Forward seminar and multiple publications regarding legal tech. A sample of those articles and interviews can be found below:
- Attorney At Work – “Will AI Change the Way Attorneys Work?“
- Globe St. – Real Estate Media – “How AI is Used to Read Real Estate Leases“
- Panelist for the Evolve the Law Summit – Innovators and Influencers
See more information about Nicholas and his credentials at his LinkedIn page.
- Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology – Juris Doctor
- Beloit College – B.A. Economics and Management
- Ruling Changes How Boards Keep Minutes and Provide Evidence for Violations – CAI-Illinois Community Chronicle – August 2018
- Is the Sky Falling Yet: Document and Records Requests – Common Interest Magazine (CAI-IL) – 2018
- Executive Session Meeting Minutes and Violation Procedures – CAI-IL August 2018 Newsletter
- Q&A: When the HOA Threatens to Seize a Unit – The Chicagoland Cooperator: The Condo, HOA and Co-op Monthly – May 2018
- Managing Curb Appeal – Dealing with the Eyesore Next Door – The New York Cooperator: The Co-op and Condo Monthly – April 2018
- Will AI Change the Way Attorneys Work?– Attorney At Work – April 2018
- How AI is Used to Read Real Estate Documents – Globe St. – May 2018
- Renting out Common Areas of Associations – The New York Cooperator: The Co-op and Condo Monthly – October 2017
- Holiday Decorations and Condo Associations – Common Interest Magazine (CAI-IL) – October 2017
- Medical Marijuana in Associations: Navigating the Issue of Medical Marijuana Smoke Causing a Nuisance to Others – CondoLifestyles Magazine – August 2017
- Enforcement of the Chicago Short-Term Rental Ordinance: Common Questions and Answers – CondoLifestyles Magazine – January 2017
- Show me the Money: Collections, Foreclosures and Evictions – The Chicagoland Cooperator: The Condo, HOA & Co-op Monthly – July 2016
- CAI Illinois – Manager / Board Member Education Seminar – “Hot Topics in Condo Law”
- CAI Illinois – 2019 Educational Conference and Expo – “Association Technology in the 21st Century”
- In-house Legal Seminar – First Community Management – Collections / Evictions in Associations
- In-house Legal Seminar – Advanced Property Specialists – Illinois Condominium Act Updates
- CAI Illinois – Legal Expert Q&A Panel (Manager Education) – April Legal Seminar
- In-house Legal Seminar – Associa Chicagoland – Illinois Condominium Act Updates
- In-house Legal Seminar – Peak Properties – Illinois Condominium Act Updates