Attorneys

The attorneys of Tristan & Cervantes offer comprehensive business legal services in a practical, economical, and efficient manner. The approach taken by the attorneys of Tristan & Cervantes in providing legal advice is designed around building trust and is pursued in a manner that seeks to achieve both the short term and long term objectives of our clients. Outside of the legal practice the attorneys of Tristan & Cervantes serve in a variety of leadership roles in civic organizations throughout the Chicago-land area.

Homero Tristan

Founding Partner

Labor & Employment Law
Corporate Law
Commercial Litigation
Government Relations

Homero Tristan is the Founding Partner of Tristan & Cervantes. His practice includes counseling companies in Labor & Employment Law, as well as Corporate Transactions. Formerly, Mr. Tristan was an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board for the Chicago Region, where he investigated hundreds of unfair labor practice charges and prosecuted numerous trials. Later, he entered private practice at Jackson Lewis LLP, one of the largest national firms dedicated to representing management in the area of Labor & Employment Law.

Mr. Tristan is active in the local political landscape and routinely advises clients regarding Government Relations. He is one of the founders of the Chicago Latino Public Affairs Committee, a political action committee that is engaged in state and local races. In 2008, former Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Mr. Tristan to serve as Commissioner of Human Resources for the City of Chicago.

DePaul University College of Law, J.D.
Loyola University Chicago, M.S.I.R.
Loyola University Chicago, B.B.A. in Economics
Illinois Supreme Court, 1998
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2001
International Latino Cultural Center, Member
Chicago Latino Public Affairs Committee, Founder
Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Member
Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Member
Hispanic American Construction Industry Association, Member

Pedro Cervantes

Managing Partner

Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Labor & Employment Law
Commercial Transactions
Corporate Law
Commercial & Residential Real Estate
Landlord-Tenant Law
Government Relations

Pedro Cervantes is the Managing Partner of Tristan & Cervantes. Mr. Cervantes practices in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Commercial & High End Residential Real Estate, Commercial Transactions, Construction Law, Corporate Law, Government Relations, Insurance Defense Litigation and Insurance Coverage Matters, Labor & Employment Law, and Landlord-Tenant Law.

Mr. Cervantes has represented clients before Federal and State Courts and many administrative and governmental bodies. Mr. Cervantes has also represented clients before Appellate Courts throughout Illinois. He has taken several matters to trial. Mr. Cervantes is experienced in counseling clients in litigation risk management.

Augustana College, Magna Cum Laude, B.S. in Political Science, Public Administration, and Biology. Also named member of Mortar Board Honors Society and Phi Beta Kappa Society.
University of Illinois College of Law, Cum Laude, J.D.
Illinois Supreme Court, 2003
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2003
Member of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Sinfonietta
Member of the Board of Trustees for Augustana College (Rock Island, IL)
Illinois Bar Association, Member
Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Member
Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Member
Hispanic American Construction Industry Association, Member

Jacob Miller

Senior Counsel

DePaul University College of Law, J.D.
University of Illinois Chicago, B.S.

Jacob Miller serves as Senior Counsel at Tristan & Cervantes in the area of government affairs. Mr. Miller specializes in counseling clients through the challenges presented by the matrix of federal, state, and local laws, public policy, and regulation. Mr. Miller draws upon his vast government experience, including working for both the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois, in counseling his clients.

Before joining Tristan & Cervantes, Mr. Miller served as legal counsel to Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan and as the Director for Personnel for The Illinois Department of Transportation, where he was subsequently promoted to the Illinois Capital Development Board as the Deputy General Counsel. Additionally, he served as Associate General Counsel for the Office of the Governor, where he oversaw the legislative affairs for important policy initiatives for both the Office of the Governor, as well as various state agencies. Finally, upon leaving government, Mr. Miller founded his own practice and worked as counsel to a Chicago area business and government law firm. Mr. Miller is experienced at representing clients on a wide range of issues in state and federal trial and appellate courts, in state legislatures, and before regulatory agencies.

John A. Escobar

Associate Attorney

Business Transactions
Business Licensing
Real Estate
Zoning
Commercial Litigation

John A. Escobar focuses his practice in the areas of Business Transactions, Business Licensing, Real Estate, Zoning, and Commercial Litigation.

Prior to joining Tristan & Cervantes, Mr. Escobar was an associate attorney at Talarico Law Group, LLC in Chicago, Illinois. At Talarico Law Group, Mr. Escobar’s practice focused on legal issues related to residential and commercial real estate, tenants and neighbors, commercial leasing, and private property ownership. He also helped clients to deal with the legal aspect of rental property and defend the rights of owners, landlords, renters, and tenants. Mr. Escobar also offered legal advice on property management, zoning violations, restrictions and covenants on real estate, property taxes, and value estimates. To do this, he worked with investors, brokers, developers, and other attorneys.

Through his experience, Mr. Escobar has also gained familiarity with the legal areas of land use, zoning, property development, and foreclosure. John Escobar is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. Mr. Escobar is engaged in various civic activities including being a member of the Skokie Caucus Party, and serving as a Commissioner on the Village of Skokie’s Human Relations Board. He is also proactively involved in other community organizations.

Mr. Escobar received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and English, from DePaul University in 2004. Mr. Escobar received his Juris Doctor, from the The John Marshall Law School in 2011.

The John Marshall Law School, J.D.
DePaul University, B.A.
Illinois Bar
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2015
Illinois State Bar Association, Member
Chicago Bar Association, Member
Village of Skokie Government, Human Relations Commissioner

Karyn Vanderwarren

Of Counsel

Commercial Real Estate
Commercial Lending
Estate Planning
Collaborative Law

Karyn Vanderwarren concentrates her practice in the areas of Commercial Lending, Commercial Real Estate, and Estate Planning. She also accepts a limited number of collaborative family law cases.

Before beginning her career as a lawyer, Ms. Vanderwarren became a Certified Public Accountant and worked for several large organizations and later owned her own consulting practice. As a law student, Ms. Vanderwarren was the Managing Editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review and worked as a judicial extern in the United States District Court, Northern District. She graduated law school with honors.

Ms. Vanderwarren’s commercial lending practice includes representing banks and private lenders in a broad range of transactions including real estate backed loans, contruction loans, secured transactions, and corporate employee loan programs.

Ms. Vanderwarren’s commercial real estate practice includes the purchase and acquisition of commercial and investment properties and leasing. Ms. Vanderwarren is well-versed in recommending and forming an appropriate structure for ownership of commercial and investment properties.

Ms. Vanderwarren’s estate planning practice focuses on helping clients meet their goals, which include avoiding probate, minimizing or avoiding estate taxes, and ensuring that the estate is managed and distributed according to the client’s wishes.

Ms. Vanderwarren enjoys writing and has published articles in the Illinois Bar Journal and the Chicago-Kent Law Review. She is a recipient of the 46th Annual Lincoln Award for legal writing. She frequently presents on various legal subjects including business law, estate planning and probate, and real estate.

She has also completed the 40-hour Family Mediation Training at DePaul University and the Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Training offered through the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois. She is committed to educating her clients and peers about the benefits of the Collaborative Process and has been an active supporter of the passage of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act.

St. Xavier University, B.A.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.
Certified Public Accountant
State of Illinois
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Illinois State Bar Association
Southwest Bar Association
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Estate Planning Advisory Council for St. Xavier University
Prairie State College Real Estate Advisory Committee
Assistance League of Chicago West
Professional Women’s Network

Caroline K. Kane

Associate Attorney

DePaul University College of Law
J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 2016

Loyola University Chicago
B.S. Criminal Justice and Criminology, Cum Laude, 2013
B.A. Sociology, Cum Laude, 2013

Caroline K. Kane is an Associate at Tristan & Cervantes. Ms. Kane focuses her practice in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Commercial Transactions, and Labor and Employment Law.

Prior to joining Tristan & Cervantes as a Law Clerk in 2015, Ms. Kane worked as a Law Clerk at Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie & Lowry, P.C. and as an intern at the United States Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. Ms. Kane also served as judicial extern to the Honorable Samuel Der-Yeghiayan of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Through her private and government sector experience, Ms. Kane gained experience in civil litigation, employment law, and business transactions.

Ms. Kane received her Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of Arts degrees, cum laude from Loyola University Chicago in 2013. In May of 2016, she earned her Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from DePaul University College of Law. During her time at DePaul, Ms. Kane served on the Board of Volume 65 of the DePaul Law Review as Editor of Articles, Notes and Comments and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Ms. Kane also earned several honors while in law school including an academic Merit Scholarship, the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in both Evidence and Legal Writing III, the Presidential Service Award for over 200 hours of legal volunteer services completed while in law school, induction into the honors fraternity Phi Delta Phi, and was named to the Dean’s List throughout her law school career.

Illinois Supreme Court, 2016
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2016

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

Chicago Bar Association

Caroline K. Kane, The NCAA Is Dropping the Ball: Refining the Rights of Student-Athletes, 65 DePaul L. Rev. 171 (2015).

Phillip Ruben Nava

Senior Counsel

Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), July 2005
Associates in Claims (AIC), August 2002

Phillip Ruben Nava, Esq. serves as Senior Counsel at Tristan & Cervantes. Mr. Nava concentrates his practice in the areas of general litigation, automobile defense, product liability defense, general liability defense, personal injury, and workers compensation matters.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Nava enjoyed a successful career as a property and casualty professional with more than fifteen years of experience at several prominent insurance carriers. During his insurance career, Mr. Nava exceled as a claims manager and litigation claims consultant, managing complex mass tort litigation in a variety of jurisdictions. He is well versed in various lines of insurance, including both personal lines (automobile, general liability) and commercial lines (CGL, D&O, EPL, Commercial Auto). During his insurance career, he obtained his CPCU and AIC designations as well as an MBA.

During law school, Mr. Nava was active in the school’s honors programs, including being elected as executive editor of THE JOHN MARSHALL LAW REVIEW and winning First Place in the Fred E. Herzog Moot Court Competition. He also completed an externship with The Honorable Themis N. Karnezis, Appellate Court of Illinois, First District. Mr. Nava was a Baim scholar and one of two recipients of the John Marshall Law School Alumni Association scholarship. In 2011, his Law Review comment, Equal Access Struggle: Counter Military Recruitment on High School Campuses, was published in the school’s law review journal (44 J. Marshall L. Rev. 459).

Prior to joining Tristan & Cervantes, Mr. Nava, worked a litigator for The Gloor Law Group for five years, representing various national corporations and insurance carriers in a variety of matters including mass tort, general liability, asbestos, products liability, and construction defect.

Mr. Nava also regularly volunteers his time serving the Latino community by representing clients in family law and immigration matters. Mr. Nava is a first generation Mexican-American born and raised in Chicago and is a native Spanish speaker.

The John Marshall Law School, IL, J.D, Law Review, Moot Court
Illinois Institute of Technology, IL, M.B.A.
Augustana College, IL, B.A.
Supreme Court of Illinois, May 2011
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, June 2012
United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, October 2012
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, June 2011
United States Court for the Northern District of Indiana, June 2013
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Defense Research Institute (DRI), Diversity Committee
Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois

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