Firm Adds Partner to Leading Automotive Franchise Practice

featuring Jay L Statland

Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella welcomes Jay Statland to the Firm as a partner and a member of the Corporate, Litigation and Automotive Franchise groups.  Mr. Statland represents automobile dealers, focusing on manufacturer relations, acquisition and disposition of automobile dealerships, dealership real estate, and related litigation.  Mr. Statland was the attorney of record in two of the most cited pro-dealership cases in the State of Illinois.  His practice also includes the representation of closely held businesses, commercial real estate transactions, and complex litigation. “We have been on the other side from Jay Statland for many years and have always respected his work,” says Ira Levin, a partner in the Firm’s Automotive Franchise group.  “When we learned that Jay was considering a firm affiliation, we jumped at the chance to bring someone of his stature into our practice group.” 

In reflecting on his relationship with Burke, Warren prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Statland said, “I had always practiced in a boutique-type firm environment and resisted a larger firm format.  Having known Bill Kelly (a partner in the Firm’s Automotive Franchise group) for over 30 years, we have discussed industry issues on an almost weekly basis and, more often than not, Bill has been on the other side of my automotive transactions.  I found him to be the model of competence and integrity.  During the Chrysler and General Motors Bankruptcy arbitrations, I had the good fortune to get to know and become friends with Ira Levin, an experienced trial lawyer, with a special emphasis on franchise litigation. When Bill and Ira suggested I consider joining Burke, Warren, I interviewed and was interviewed by the other partners at the firm.  I found that the group shared my ideals regarding client relations and the provision of legal services.  Impressed with the skill, knowledge and experience of the group, I knew it would be a good fit, and was pleased to be invited to join the firm.”

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