Clark Hill PLC

Phillip Coover

Clark Hill PLC

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Phillip N. Coover, a Member in the Chicago Office's Real Estate Practice Group, is an experienced commercial real estate attorney and advisor who helps clients find strategic solutions and maximize the value of their real property. Phillip is skilled in closing complex, difficult transactions. His background as a commercial litigator, business owner and licensed real estate broker gives clients a big-picture approach to corporate and real estate transactions, and acquisition and sales. He also handles litigation, including receiverships and other distressed assets, foreclosures, commercial bankruptcy creditor representation, business disputes and breach of fiduciary duties, and debt collection.

Because of his philosophy of adding value to every transaction, real estate clients trust Phillip to be the sole resource for all their issues, from commercial real estate acquisition and sale, to divestiture, to commercial retail and offices leasing, to zoning issues and handling their litigation needs. Phillip has successfully closed millions of dollars of commercial property and obtained millions of dollars of judgments against adverse parties. He regularly counsels local and national commercial real estate investment companies, real estate developers, real estate development and brokerage companies, private equity lending companies, property management companies and business owners on a local and national basis.

With a background as chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s commercial litigation committee, and multiple time recipient of the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star award in business litigation, Phillip helps clients foreclose on properties, collect debts, evict nonpaying commercial tenants, enforce contracts, defend false allegations, and achieve litigation success. Even though Phillip is a member of the federal trial bar, he looks for opportunities to resolve matters in arbitration,
mediation, and settlement conferences before and during litigation to minimize costs and maximize recovery.

Phillip is frequently called upon to speak on real estate and business trends including commercial landlords’ rights, creditors' rights, and receivership obligations and duties. He unpacks and analyzes commercial real estate trends as host of the Real Estate for Breakfast podcasts.

He is a runner and lives with his wife and children in Riverside, IL. He is also involved in club governance with the University Club of Chicago.

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Business Law Business Arbitration, Business Associations Law, Business Cooperatives, Business Crimes, Business Development, Business Dissolutions, Business Enterprises, Business Estate Planning, Business Formation, Business Fraud, Business Litigation, Business Mediation, Business Organization, Business Planning, Business Regulation, Business Reorganization, Business Start-Ups, Business Succession Planning, Business Successions, Business Syndication, Business Taxation, Business Torts, Business Transactions, Business Transfers, Business Trusts, Business Valuation, Buy-Sell Agreements, Buying and Selling of Businesses, Closely Held Business Estate Planning, Closely Held Business Law, Closely Held Business Taxation, Complex Business Litigation, Cooperative Taxation, Emerging Business Law, Emerging Growth Companies, Entrepreneurial Business Law, Family Business Law, Family Business Mediation, Family Business Successions, International Business Law, International Joint Ventures, Joint Ventures, Limited Liability Company Law, Minority Business Law, Pass-Through Entities, Private Business Law, Privatization, Professional Practices, Small Business Law, Sole Proprietorships, Strategic Alliances, Trade and Professional Associations, Trade Association Law
Commercial Law Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Bad Faith, Commercial Constitutional Law, Commercial Crimes, Commercial Fraud, Commercial Liability, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Mediation, Commercial Torts, Commercial Transactions, Commercial Transfers, Commercial Trusts, Complex Commercial Litigation, International Commercial Arbitration, International Commercial Law, International Sale of Goods, Negotiable Instruments, Retail Liability, Sale of Goods, Secured Transactions, Uniform Commercial Code, Warehousing
Commercial Real Estate Commercial Conveyancing, Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions, Commercial Real Estate Bankruptcy, Commercial Real Estate Contracts, Commercial Real Estate Development, Commercial Real Estate Finance, Commercial Real Estate Foreclosure, Commercial Real Estate Litigation, Commercial Real Estate Sales, Commercial Real Estate Syndication, Commercial Real Estate Workouts, Industrial Real Estate Law, Retail Development, Shopping Center Acquisitions, Shopping Center Development, Shopping Center Law
Contracts Contract Drafting, Commercial Contracts, Contract Fraud, Contract Litigation, International Commercial Contracts, International Contracts
Corporate Law Closely Held Corporations, Corporate Banking Law, Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Contracts, Corporate Control Contests, Corporate Criminal Law, Corporate Dissolutions, Corporate Ethics, Corporate Fiduciary Law, Corporate Finance, Corporate Formation, Corporate Governance, Corporate Income Tax, Corporate Insurance, Corporate Insurance Defense, Corporate Investigations, Corporate Litigation, Corporate Organization, Corporate Partnerships, Corporate Planning, Corporate Real Estate, Corporate Reorganization, Corporate Successions, Corporate Tax Controversies, Corporate Tax Planning, Corporate Taxation, Corporate Trusts, Corporate Workouts, Family Corporations, Foreign Sales Corporations, Hostile Takeovers, Incorporation, International Corporate Finance, International Corporate Law, International Corporate Taxation, Nonprofit Corporations, Offshore Corporations, Professional Corporations, Proxy Contests, Public Corporations, S Corporations, Small Business Corporations, Takeovers, Tender Offers, Transfer Pricing
Litigation Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Complex Litigation, Defense Litigation, E-Discovery, Federal Civil Litigation, Federal Litigation, International Litigation, Long-Arm Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Trial Practice, U.S. Supreme Court Litigation
Mortgage Law Commercial Mortgages, Foreclosure Defense, Mortgage Banking Law, Mortgage Bankruptcy, Mortgage Finance, Mortgage Foreclosure, Mortgage Insurance, Mortgage Lien Foreclosure, Mortgage Refinancing, Mortgage Securitization, Mortgage Tax, Mortgage Workouts, Secondary Mortgage Market
Trusts and Estates Contested Trusts and Estates, Decedents Estates, Estate Administration, Estate Bankruptcy, Estate Litigation, Estate Planning, Estate Planning for Parents of Handicapped Childre, Estate Planning for the Disabled, Estate Planning for the Elderly, Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples, Estate Settlements, Family Trusts, Family Wealth Transfer, Fiduciary Law, Fiduciary Liability, Fiduciary Litigation, Financial Planning, International Estate Planning, International Trusts, International Trusts and Estates, Living Trusts, Offshore Trusts, Personal Planning, Pet Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Retirement Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Surrogates Court Practice, Trust Administration, Trust and Estate Collections, Trust Law, Trust Litigation, Trust Planning, Unclaimed Property, Wealth Planning, Wealth Preservation
Wills Contested Wills, Will Drafting, Inheritance, Living Wills, Missing Heir Searches, Successions


  • Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin

Employment History

  • Principal and Attorney | Schenk Annes Tepper Campbell Ltd.

    2007 - 2017

    Phillip N. Coover is a principal of Schenk Annes Tepper Campbell Ltd. and has been with the firm since 2005. Phillip represents local and national commercial real estate investment companies, real estate development and brokerage companies, retail commercial property management companies, business owners, restaurants, and private equity lending companies.

    Phillip’s practice focusses on commercial litigation, receiverships and other distressed assets, foreclosures, commercial bankruptcy creditor representation, corporate transactional matters, real estate acquisitions and sales, business disputes and breach of fiduciary duties, debt collection, and other various matters.

    Phillip is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois, the General Bar of the U.S. District Court (Northern District of Illinois), and the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois. He also holds an Illinois Managing Broker real estate license. Phillip is a multiple time recipient of Super Lawyers Rising Star award in the area of Business Litigation—a designation only given to 2.5% of all attorneys in the State of Illinois, who are under the age of 40.

    Phillip has written and lectured extensively on various legal topics to the Chicago Bar Association, continuing legal education companies, and at private businesses. He has done presentations on Landlord’s Rights in Retail Bankruptcies, creditors’ rights issues, and receivership obligations and duties. Phillip has authored articles on the topics of litigation holds, the Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance, receiver liabilities and rights, employer-employee issues, and various other topics.

    Phillip received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Economics and Political Science from the University of Illinois in 2004. He received his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 2007. Phillip is an avid squash player and involved in club governance with the University Club of Chicago.

  • Member/Attorney | Clark Hill PLC

    2018 - 2018


  • Juris Doctor | DePaul University

    2004 - 2007

  • Bachelor of Arts - Economics and Political Science | University of Illinois

    2000 - 2004

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  • Chicago, Illinois, Cook County

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