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Donald J. Gralen, American lawyer, specializing in the field of Real Estate Law.


Gralen, Donald John was born on March 18, 1933 in Oak Park, Illinois, United States. Son of Oliver Edwin and Rosalie Marie (Buskens) Gralen.


Bachelor of Science, Loyola University, Chicago, 1956. Juris Doctor with honors, Loyola University, 1957.


Worked at Sidley & Austin (Chicago, Illinois) specializing in Administrative Litigation, Advertising Law, Direct Marketing, False Advertising, Marketing Law, Outdoor Advertising, Distribution, Distribution Agreements, International Distribution, Arbitration, International Arbitration, Mediation, Antitrust, Business Combinations, Competition, Covenants Not to Compete, Deceptive Trade Practice, Price-Fixing, Restrictive Covenants, Trade Regulation, Unfair Trade, Appellate Practice, Art Law, Bankruptcy Litigation, Bankruptcy Reorganization, Commercial Bankruptcy, Foreclosures, Fraudulent Conveyance, Insolvency, Liquidation, Receiverships, Workouts, Bank Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking Law, Banking Regulation, Commercial Banking, Commercial Loans, Consumer Banking, Electronic Banking, Fair Lending, Financial Law, International Banking Law, Lender Liability, Letters of Credit, Loan Restructuring, Loan Workouts, Loans, Secured Lending, Truth in Lending, Biotechnology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Business Development, Business Litigation, Business Planning, Business Regulation, Business Reorganization, Business Taxation, Business Torts, Business Valuation, Complex Business Litigation, Economic Development, Industrial Development, Industrial Development Bonds, International Business Law, International Joint Ventures, Joint Ventures, Privatization, Adoption Law, Child Care, Child Custody, Civil Practice, Civil Liberties, Discrimination, Human Rights, International Human Rights, Class Actions, Class Action Defense, Collections, Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Bribery, Commercial Fraud, Commercial Litigation, Complex Commercial Litigation, International Commercial Arbitration, International Commercial Law, Sale of Goods, Secured Transactions, Uniform Commercial Code, Warehousing, Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions, Commercial Real Estate Development, Commodities Fraud, Commodities Futures, Cable Communications, Cable TV, Cellular Communications, Cellular Telephone, Communications Law, FCC Licensing, Internet Law, Public Broadcasting, Telecommunications Law, Telecommunications Regulation, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Computer Law, Computer Software Law, Computer Technology, Information Technology, Constitutional Law, Freedom of Information, Media and First Amendment, Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Litigation, Mechanics Liens, Structural Work Act, Consumer Credit, Consumer Credit Compliance, Consumer Finance, Consumer Fraud, Consumer Protection, Commercial Contracts, Contract Fraud, Contract Litigation, Copyright Infringement, Copyright Litigation, Copyright Protection, Closely Held Corporations, Corporate Control Contests, Corporate Finance, Corporate Information, Corporate Governance, Corporate Income Tax, Corporate Insurance, CorporateInvestigations, Corporate Litigation, Corporate Real Estate, Corporate Reorganization, Corporate Taxation, Foreign Sales Corporations, Incorporation, Professional Corporations, Proxy Contests, Securitization, Takeovers, Tender Offers, Criminal Antitrust, Criminal Appeals, Criminal Defense, Death Penalty, Creditors Rights, Debtors Rights, Drug Trafficking, College and University Law, School Desegregation, School Law, Election Law, Lobbying, Voting Rights, Condemnation, COBRA, Deferred Compensation, Employee Stock Ownership Plans, ERISA, ERISA Compliance, Executive Compensation, Fringe Benefits, Health Benefits, Pension and Profit Sharing Plans, Pension Plans, Profit Sharing, Alternative Energy, Cogeneration, Electric Power, Energy Conservation, Energy Finance, Energy Regulation, Independent Power, Nuclear Energy, Entertainment Finance, Entertainment Law, Motion Picture Finance, Motion Picture Production and Distribution, Music Publishing, Air Pollution, Air Quality, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species, Environmental Auditing, Environmental Cleanup, Environmental Compliance, Environmental Contamination, Environmental Cost Recovery, Environmental Criminal Defense, Environmental Dispute Resolution, Environmental Health and Safety, Environmental Insurance, Environmental Insurance Coverage, Environmental Liability, Environmental Litigation, Environmental Permitting, Environmental Real Estate, Environmental Regulation, Groundwater Contamination, Hazardous Materials Transportation, Hazardous Waste, International Environmental Law, Medical Waste, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Oil Pollution, Pesticide Regulation, Pollution, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Solid Waste, Superfund, Toxic Chemicals, Toxic Substances, Underground Storage Tanks, Water Pollution, Water Quality, Wetlands Protection, Wetlands Regulation, Equipment Finance, Equipment Leasing, Surety Bonds, Asset Based Finance, Asset Sales, Bond Finance, Commercial Finance, Credit Enhancement, Financial Restructuring, Infrastructure Development, International Finance, Project Finance, Public Finance, Structured Finance, Franchise Law, Civil Fraud, Fraud, Congressional Investigations, False Claims Act, Government Ethics, Government Investigations, Government Relations, Legislative Practice, Public Policy, Bid Protests, Foreign Military Sales, Government Contract Fraud, Government Procurement, Conservatorship, Guardianship, AIDS Litigation, Certificates of Need, Health Care Contracts, Health Care Corporate Law, Health Care Fraud, Health Care Litigation, Health Care Reform, Health Care Regulation, Health Care Reimbursement, Health Insurance, Health Insurance Coverage, Health Law, Health Maintenance Organizations, Integrated Health Care Delivery Systems, Managed Care, Managed Care Contracts, Medical Ethics, Patients Rights, Historic Preservation, Hospital Administration, Affordable Housing, Apartment Projects, Housing Development, Housing Discrimination, Housing Finance, Multi-Family Housing, Public Housing, Citizenship, Employment Visas, Immigration Law, Permanent Visas, Political Asylum, Visas, Insurance, Automobile Insurance, Casualty Insurance, Commercial Insurance Fire Insurance General Liability, Indemnity, Insurance Contracts, Insurance Coverage, Insurance Fraud, Insurance Insolvency, Insurance Litigation, Insurance Products, Insurance Receivership, Insurance Regulation, International Insurance, Life and Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Property Damage, Property Insurance, Reinsurance, Reinsurance Arbitration, Risk Management, Intellectual Property Licensing, Intellectual Property Litigation, International Intellectual Property, International Licensing, Piracy, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, Antidumping, International Trade Regulation, Capital Markets, Derivative Products, Financial Services Regulation, Foreign Investment, Foreign Investments in the United States, Investment Management, Mutual Funds, Syndication, Venture Capital, Affirmative Action, Collective Bargaining, Employment Civil Rights, Employment Claims, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Employment Rights, Employment Termination, Family and Medical Leave Act, Labor Antitrust, Labor Arbitration, Labor Law, Labor Relations, National Labor Relations Act, Outsourcing, Personnel Policies, Public Sector Labor Relations, Sexual Harassment, Union Organization, Whistleblower Litigation, Wrongful Termination, Commercial Leasing, Lease Finance, Leasing, Leveraged Leasing, Rent Control, Retail Leasing, Legal Ethics, Defamation, Libel Defense, Civil Litigation, Complex Litigation, DEfense Litigation, Federal Litigation, Trial Practice, United States. Supreme Court Litigation, Media Law, Medical Malpractice, Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement, Medicare Fraud and Abuse, Business Acquisitions, International Mergers and Acquisitions, Leveraged Acquisitions, Leveraged Buyouts, Mergers and Acquisitions, Mortgage Foreclosures, Mortgage Insurance, Mortgage Securitization, Municipal Finance, Municipal Securities, Coal Mining, Mine Safety, Mineral Leasing, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Pipelines, Oil and Gas Contracts, Oil and Gas Exploration, Oil and Gas Pipelines, Water Rights, Private Foundations, Public Charities, Occupational Safety and Health, Patents, Patent Infringement, Patent Licensing, Patent Litigation, Patent Prosecution, Patent Protection, Personal Injury, Accidents, Wrongful Death, Right of Privacy, Right of Publicity, Probate, Probate Administration, Products Liability, Breach of Warranty, Breast Implant Litigation, Explosions, Product Recall, Product Safety, Profesional Liability, Directors and Officers Liability, Professional Malpractice, Professional Negligence, Property Law, Personal Property, Property Rights, Real Estate, Conservation Easements, Conveyancing, Easements, Land Acquisitions, Real Estate Acquisitions, Real Estate Bankruptcy, Real Estate Development, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Investments, Real Estate Investments Trusts, Real Estate Litigation, Real Estate Sales, Real Estate Securities, Real Property, Real Property Acquisitions, Real Property Development, Real Property Finance, Residential Real Estate, Residential Real Estate Development, Regulated Industries, Regulatory Investigations, RICO, Civil RICO, Money Laundering, Securities, Bank Securities, Blue Sky Law, Broker-Dealer Regulation, Initial Public Offerings, International Securities, Private Placement, Public Offerings, SEC Enforcement, Securities Class Actions, Securities Litigation, Securities Offerings, Securities Regulation, Shareholder Derivative Actions, Shareholder Rights, Sports Law, Taxation, Employment Tax, Estate and Gift Taxation, Federal Income Tax, Fiduciary Income Tax, Income Tax, International Taxation, Local Taxation, Property Tax, Property Tax Assessments, Tax Appeals, Tax Controversies, Tax Credits, Tax Fraud, Tax Law, Tax Litigation, Tax Planning, Tax Shelters, Chemistry, Electronics, High Technology, Medical Technology, Physics, Technology Law, Technology Licensing, Technology Transfers, Telemedicine, Torts, Mass Torts, Tort Liability, Toxic Torts, Asbestos Litigation, Pesticide Litigation, Toxic Tort Defense, Trade and Professional Association, Trade Secrets, Theft of Trade Secrets, Trademarks, Trade Dress, Trade Names, Trademark Infringement, Trademark Licensing, Trademark Litigation, Trademark Prosecution, Trademark Protection, Trademark Registration, Transportation, Interstate Commerce, Shipping, Trusts and Estates, Estate Administration, Estate Litigation, Estate Planning, Living Trusts, Personal Planning, Trust Law, Unfair Competition, Electric Utilities, Electric Utility Regulation, Public Utility Regulation, Utility Rates, Utility Regulation, White Collar Crime, Embezzlement, White Collar Criminal Defense, Wills, Land Use, Land Use Litigation, Land Use Regulation. Admitted to the bar, 1958, Illinois.

Co-Author: "Leases of Commercial Property," Commercial Real Property Practice Handbook, 1972 and Chapter "Commercial Leases," in "Commercial Real Property Transactions," 1976, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. "Title Insurance For Lawyers: Additional Coverages," "Title Insurance: The Lawyer's Expanding Role," Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, American Bar Association, 1985. Chairman: Land Trust Committee, Chicago Bar association, 1976-1977.

La Grange Zoning Board of Appeals, 1971-1973. Trustee, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Foundation, 1990—. Member Board of Trustees, Village of La Grange, 1973-1977.

Chairman, La Grange ad hoc Economic Development Committee, 1982. Chairman, Community Memorial Foundation, 1995—. Director: Board of Managers, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, 1990—.

Carson Pirie Scott Foundation, 1980-1989. Junior Achievement of Chicago, 1978-1988. La Grange Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1989-1995.

Metropolitan Housing and Planning Council, 1982-1989. LaGrange Community Mental Health Center, 1983-1986. Member: American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Military: Captain, United States. Army Intelligence Corps, 1957-1959. Sidley & Austin is an international law firm with approximately 750 lawyers practicing on three continents.

Our firm is one of the largest in the world, with offices in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., London, Singapore and Tokyo. Sidley & Austin is a full-service business law firm. We regularly handle important matters for some of the world's largest corporations, entrepreneurial businesses, associations, government agencies and individuals.

In the United Kingdom, we are an English law firm, advising clients on British, American and International law.


Trustee Village of LaGrange, Illinois, 1973-1977. Chairman LaGrange Zoning Board, 1971-1973, LaGrange Economics Development Committee, 1982, Cmty. Memorial Foundation, since 1995.

Board directors Carson Pirie Scott Foundation, Chicago, 1980-1989, Junior Achievement, 1978-1988, Metropolitan Housing and Planning Council, 1982-1989, Cmty. Family Svc. and Mental Health Association, 1983-1987, Chicago Youth Conservation Corps,1988-1992, LaGrange Memorial Foundation, 1990-1995, Young Men’s Christian Association Metropolitan Chicago, since 1990. First lieutenant United States Army, 1957-1959.

Member Illinois Bar Association, American College Real Estate Lawyers, University Club, Big Foot Country Club.


Married Jane Walsh, December 29, 1956. Children: Alana, Mark, Paul, Ann, Sarah.