Firm Partner Promotions


Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella recently promoted Erica Alva and Stephen Schuster to partner.

Erica, a member of the Firm’s Corporate, Real Estate and Healthcare groups, focuses her practice in the areas of complex business transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, equity raises, regulatory counseling, real estate investment transactions, and other commercial matters. She also has experience advising large companies, mid-market business owners and their families, and entrepreneurs on general corporate and organizational matters, internal restructuring, governance, real estate investment, succession planning, and business contracting. 

“I admire and respect the people I work with, both professionally and personally,” says Erica. “That’s what makes Burke, Warren such an ideal place to work, the combination of challenging matters and a firm culture that promotes collaboration and personal development.”

Erica received both her JD (2009) and undergraduate degrees (2005), cum laude, from Northwestern University. Before studying law, Erica analyzed policy implications of proposed legislation, acted as a liaison to state representatives, and implemented policy initiates as a Dunn Fellow in the Illinois Governor’s office.  Erica can be contacted at 312/840-7112 or

New partner Stephen Schuster is a member of the Firm’s Real Estate and Corporate groups. Steve has represented clients in transactions involving nearly every aspect of the real estate business, including acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, development, construction, municipal incentives and entitlements, joint ventures, and finance. He has worked with and on behalf of numerous Burke, Warren clients across all practice disciplines, including governmental entities, private and individual developers, operating businesses, real estate funds, institutional investors, lenders, general contractors, and family offices.  

“There is no better place to practice law than Burke, Warren,” says Steve. “I am thrilled and honored to be part of this team.”

Steve received his J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law in 2009 and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 2006. In 2016, Steve was named as an Illinois Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Steve can be contacted at 312/840-7113 or

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