Rebekah H. Parker

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Overview

Rebekah Parker, a partner at Novack and Macey, helps clients solve their legal problems -- whether it be through litigation, arbitration, or settlement.  While Rebekah concentrates her practice on real-estate-related disputes including those pertaining to leasing, construction, and condominium associations she has wide-ranging experience that includes partnership and agency disputes, contract disputes, restrictive covenants, data privacy, intellectual property, professional malpractice defense, and class actions. 

Rebekah works hard to achieve success on behalf of her clients – and she has been repeatedly recognized as a top Illinois litigator.  Illinois Super Lawyers recognized her as a “Rising Star” every year from 2013 to 2019 and as a “Super Lawyer”  2020 to present (an honor bestowed on no more than five percent of the attorneys in each state).  In 2019, Rebekah was honored to be named one of Law Bulletin’s “40 Under 40 Attorneys in Illinois to Watch,” and, has repeatedly been named an Illinois “Leading Lawyer” by Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

Rebekah is also a firm leader when it comes to service, diversity, and inclusion.  Rebekah chairs the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Group, dedicated to promoting equity and equality within the firm, and contributing to the surrounding community through service activities. In addition, she co-chairs the firm’s Women’s Initiative, a group dedicated to the professional development and advancement of the firm’s female attorneys.  Rebekah also co-chairs the firm's pro bono practice and frequently takes on entertainment and education-related pro bono matters. 

Rebekah is co-chair of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Chicago Lawyers Committee. A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.

Rebekah has lived and worked on both coasts but prefers the Midwest.  Prior to joining Novack and Macey, Rebekah was an associate at Quinn Emanuel where she practiced in its Los Angeles and New York City offices.  Rebekah channels the same competitive drive and energy she uses to solve her clients’ problems to her athletic endeavors.  She is passionate about running, tennis, skiing, and Peloton.  

Education

  • University of Michigan (B.A. 2002), Honors College, with Highest Distinction
  • Harvard Law School (J.D. 2005), Cum Laude; ATLA Regional Mock Trial Champion and Coach

Speeches & Publications

Representative Cases

Real Estate

  • Secured early dismissal of fraud claims on behalf of real estate broker arising out of developer’s sale of property to investor.  
  • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of condo owners suffering severe damage to their unit based on construction defects and condominium association failures.  
  • Represented real estate investment firm in lease dispute against restaurant.  Obtained immediate dismissal of lessee’s counterclaims for consumer fraud, breach of contract, and misrepresentation, and secured favorable settlement on client’s breach of lease claim.  
  • Obtained favorable pre-litigation settlements for real estate investment company in disputes with former partners.
  • Represented real estate developer in several mechanics lien suits and federal jury trial alleging breach of contract and violation of Illinois statutes concerning securities, consumer fraud, and condominiums. Obtained early dismissal of securities claim and part of a team that secured jury and bench trial verdicts entirely in client’s favor. Successfully defended challenged rulings on appeal to the Seventh Circuit.  
  • Secured pre-discovery dismissal of a suit brought by a condominium association against former unit owners arising out of the sale of their unit to a straw buyer.
  • Represented various retail real estate developers against tenants who defaulted.
  • Represented not-for-profit art collector in litigation against its architect for designing faulty art collection and storage systems, leading to favorable settlement.  

Partnership/Counterparty Disputes

  • Obtained multi-million dollar recovery plus attorneys’ fees and costs for start-up software developer in AAA arbitration against reseller for breaching the parties’ licensing agreement. 
  • Obtained pre-discovery dismissal of tortious interference and fraud claims on behalf of accounting firm in a suit brought by former partner of LLC. 
  • On behalf of healthcare provider, obtained early dismissal of fraud, conspiracy, and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claims brought by former IT vendor. 
  • Obtained summary judgment on consumer fraud claim on behalf of mortgage company in dispute with former IT vendor.
  • Conducted arbitration on behalf of fish buyer against seller in UCC dispute.
  • Represented founder of private buying club against his former employee/attorney in breach of contract suit and obtained favorable verdict after bench trial.  

Other (Professional Malpractice, Data Privacy, Class Actions)

 Pro bono

  • Rebekah frequently takes on pro bono matters to provide critically needed legal services to individuals and families. Most recently, she represented a student and his mother in a special education dispute with their District and negotiated a private placement at a therapeutic day school at the District's expense.