“You know something? I’ve dealt with your son, Felicia, Jim and now you. All of you treated me like almost a colleague or a peer. I never once felt like I was just a fee sitting across the table at my lawyer’s office when I got in trouble and John was my attorney. I saw Felicia after two real estate closings and after two years having passed, she still remembered my name. You’re all so personable and respectful and all of you seem to take a personal interest in your clients and that is so refreshing. Every other attorney I have done business with just treated me like a fee.”

A Satisfied Client

This docket entry was made by the Clerk…Minute entry before the Honorable Magistrate Jeffery Cole, Federal District Court, Northern District of Illinois:”A settlement conference was held. The case is settled and the parties agreed that a binding settlement agreement occurred today even though the agreement contemplated a written agreement to be initially prepared by counsel for defendant. That agreement would merely incorporate the material terms which were orally agreed upon at the conference. The court wishes to thank John Spina of Spina McGuire & Okal, who was “recruited” by Judge Wood to represent Ms. Boozer. His work and that of Kyle Hartman of Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, counsel for defendant, were of the highest quality. They, and their clients, participated in the conference in the cooperative spirit that unfortunately too few lawyers exhibit in today’s contentious climate. Without the conspicuous skill they brought to their tasks — and the sensitivity and enlightened cooperation of the clients — the case would not have had the successful conclusion that it did. Their conduct is proof that lawyers can act civilly and courteously in their dealings with opposing counsel without sacrificing in the slightest the obligations they owe to their clients. While it is true that “[m]embership in the bar is a privilege burdened with conditions,’…[and that lawyers are] received into that ancient fellowship for something more than ‘private’ gain, “People ex rel. Karlin v. Culkin 248 N.Y. 465, 470-471, 162 N.E. 487, 489(1928)(Cardozo, C.J.), the efforts of Mr. Spina exceeded what would have been sufficient to satisfy his duties as “recruited” counsel. All matters relating to the referral of this case having been resolved, the referral is closed and the case returned.”

The Honorable Magistrate Jeffery Cole, Federal District Court, Northern District of Illinois

“Felicia is awesome. She is exactly the kind of advocate you want on your side of a negotiation. We found her to be extremely knowledgeable, professional, respectful, and flexible. We won’t be looking around for another attorney the next time we need one for a real estate transaction.”

Hassan & Natasha

“Get Felicia on your team and you won’t be sorry, A+++++ service all the way through. Thank you again Felicia and SMO Law!”


“I’ve nothing but love for Spina, McGuire & Okal. They’ve gotten me through tough situations more than once. I’d use them again, and would highly recommend them to anyone I know.”

Rena Zito

“Felicia gets a 10 plus 10! My go-to Chicago RE Attorney…extremely knowledgeable, professional, and a fierce negotiator!”


“I am very pleased with my in-court experience with Catherine. She handled my case in an expeditious manner, explained everything to me so that I would understand what was happening, and was professional and courteous. I would definitely recommend Catherine, and, I would hire her to represent me in the future if I need an attorney.”

Michael G.