Leonard F. Amari
Amari & Locallo, Chicago, IL
Leonard F. Amari is a partner in the law firm of Amari and Locallo where he specializes in real estate taxation and related areas. Amari served as president of the Illinois State Bar Association (1989-1990) and as an elected member of the House of Delegates for the American Bar Association (1985-1991).
He is a member and current chairman of the Attorneys Registration and Disciplinary Commission. Amari is a member of the Justinian Society of Lawyers, the Alleghany Funds/ABN AMRO, and the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois. He is secretary of Casa Italia Inc. His other board service includes the Illinois Bar Foundation, the Illinois State Bar Association Institute for Public Affairs, and the Illinois Consultation for Ethnicity in Education.
He has been a member of the NIU Law Board of Visitors since 1996. He currently serves as a member of the State and Local Taxation Committee for the Chicago Bar Association and as a member of the advisory panel for commercial and construction arbitration for the American Arbitration Association panel of Arbitrators. He is cofounder and past president of the Italian American Political Coalition.
He was voted "Man of the Year" by the Justinian Society of Lawyers in 1989, where he served as president in 1978. He was recognized as a "Who's Who Among Italian-Americans" in 1993 and selected as one of the "89 Italian Americans to watch in ‘89" by the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans.
Between 1968 and 1974, while engaged in private practice, Amari was an instructor at The John Marshall Law School and is currently president of its Board of Trustees. Following his years as an instructor, he started the Chicago law firm Lupel & Amari, which had an emphasis in commercial and corporation law and general civil litigation until 1986. He was general counsel for the Office of the Cook County Assessor from 1982 until 1987, when he started his present firm, Amari and Locallo. He has worked as a special assistant for the Illinois Attorney General since 1986 and as an adjunct faculty for Oakton Community College since 1995.