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. A sample of his articles are linked below:

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:

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
  • CAI Illinois – Manager / Board Member Education Seminar – “Hot Topics in Condo Law”
  • 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

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