Aurora Austriaco

Top rated Real Estate attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C.
Aurora Austriaco
Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C.

Practice Areas: Real Estate, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation

Licensed in Illinois since: 1991

Education: DePaul University College of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Tagalog

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2024

Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C.

300 E. Randolph
Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60601 Phone: 312-288-8285 Email: Aurora Austriaco Visit website


Aurora Abella-Austriaco concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate and construction litigation, mechanic's liens, defense of mortgage foreclosure, title insurance claims litigation, business litigation, real estate transactions  and other special chancery remedy cases. With over 33 years of experience representing Fortune 500 companies, title insurance companies, hospitals, hotel and restaurant owners, medical lab testing companies, business owners and individuals. Aurora is a big advocate of giving back to the community, by providing pro bono legal services to the underserved and by getting involved in the legal community. Aurora is past President of the Chicago Bar Association and is the first Asian American elected to that post. Aurora is also past President of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, past President of Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association and past President of Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois.  Aurora was named one of  CDLB Salute! Women in Law Awardee and named one of "100 Women of Influence" in 2013 by Today's Chicago Woman.  She is a recipient of the CBA Alliance for Women Alta Mae Hulett Award, recipient of the CBA Vanguard Award,  recipient of the CLEO Award; recipient of the "10 Outstanding Filipino Businessmen" by Philippine Chamber of Commerce; and recipient of the GPSolo Difference Makers award.

She currently serves as a Commissioner to the Illinois Courts Commission and as Judge of the Illinois Court of Claims.  She served as an  elected school board Member of Maine Township District 207. She currently serves on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association.   She served as Past President of the  Maine South Hawkettes Booster Board, and the Asian American Institute n/k/a Asian Americans Advancing Justice.  She served as a Commissioner for the Park Ridge Planning and Zoning Commission as well as Commissioner for the Cook County Human Rights Commission. She is a fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, a member of the Economic Club and an Edgars Fellow. 

Aurora was appointed by Chief Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer to serve on the First Racial Justice Diversity Committee of the Northern District of Illinois and served as Chair of the DePaul University College of Law Diversity Council.

First Admitted: 1991, Illinois

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Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Successfully organized an SME Economic Summit and led 28 Asian Business Owners as US SME Delegates to the Asian Pacific Economic Council (APEC) in Manila, Philippines, 2015
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Harvard School of Business- Accelerating Board Diversity Program, 2021
  • Finance for Executives Course Certificate, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 2016
  • CCR Certified Mediator, 2007
Educational Background:
  • Harvard School of Business- Accelerating Board Diversity, 2021
  • Finance for Executives Certificate Course, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 2016
  • B.S. Finance, DePaul University, 1987
  • J.D.- DePaul University College of Law, 1990
  • ABA GPSolo Difference Makers Awardee, ABA GP Solo Division, 2022
  • 100 Global Women Leaders, Filipina Women's Network, 2015
  • Two time Awardee-"Women Making a Difference", Today's Chicago Woman
  • Outstanding Community Leader Award for Asian Heritage Month, Cook County States Attorney Asian Advisory Council, 2020
  • Top 20 Global Women of Excellence 2020, Congressman Danny Davis Multiethnic Task Force 8th International Women's Day, 2020
  • Salute!Women in Law 2020, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2020
  • Distinguished Service Awardee, Cook County States Attorney Richard A. Devine, 2008
  • Top 10 Outstanding Filipino Businesswoman, Philippine Chamber of Commerce, 2009
  • Sister Margaret Traxler Awardee, Institute of Women Today, 2013
  • Excellence in LAw and Public Service, Via Times Hall of Fame, 2015
  • Distinguished award given to women lawyers who have paved the way for fostering and promoting diversity in the legal profession, Alta Mae Hulett Awardee, CBA Alliance for Women, 2005
  • Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders, DiversityMBA Magazine, 2011
  • Vanguard Award, Chicago Bar Association, 2009
  • Ping Tom Awardee, Asian American Coalition of Chicago, 2015
  • Am jur Awardee, De Paul University College of Law, 1987
  • Excellence in Law Awardee, Philippine American Chamber of Commerce, 2006
  • ABA CLEO Legacy Justice Fund, American Bar Association, 2008
  • Distinguished Young Asian Professional, Asian Chronicle, 2010
  • 100 Global Filipina Awardee, Filipina Women's Network, 2015
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board Member, Chicago United, 2022
  • Board of Governors- ABA, 2022
  • Board Member,  Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Chicago, 2020
  • Pro Bono General Counsel of Federation of Philippine American Chamber of Commerce (FPACC), 2019
  • Advisory Board Member, Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA), 2018
  • Past President-Maine South Hawkette Board, 2012
  • Past President- Chicago Bar Association, 2012
  • Governance Board Member, Presence Health St. Joseph's Hospital, 2014
  • Past Member, IL State Treasurer Asian Advisory Council, 2008
  • Past Commissioner-Cook County Human Rights Commission, 2011
  • Past Board Member-Park Ridge Juniors, 2009
  • Commissioner- Illinois Courts Commission, 2014
  • Board Member- Diversity Foundatiom, 2010
  • Chair,  Cook County States Attorney Asian Advisory Council, 2009
  • Past President  Asian American Institute n/k/a Asian Americans Advancing Justice , 2006
  • Past Board Member-Chicago bar Foundation, 2011
  • Past President-Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association, 2007
  • Board Member- Dist 207 School Board, 2013
  • Past Chair, Richard A. Devine Asian Advisory Council, 2002
  • Past Member, IL Attorney General Asian Advisory Council, 2006
  • Past Commissioner-Park Ridge Planning and Zoning Commission, 2011
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • ABA Board of Governors, 2022
  • Judge, Illinois Court of Claims, 2022
  • Past President- National Conference of Bar Presidents, 2020
  • Member, ABA House of Delegates Rules and Calendar Committee, 2020
  • Appointed Member, Racial Justice Diversity Committee of the  Northern District of Illinois, 2020
  • Illinois State Delegate to ABA House of Delegates, 2020
  • Past Board Member, Chicago Bar Foundation, 2000
  • President, National Conference of Bar Presidents, 2020
  • Chair , ABA House of Delegates Tellers Committee, 2007
  • Member, ABA Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel, 2007
  • Past Vice President and Board Member-Center for Conflict Resolution, 2008
  •  Commissioner- Illinois Courts Commission, 2014
  • ABA YLD Directors Council Member, 1999
  • CBA Secretary, 2007
  • Past President, Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association, 2004
  • Past President, Chicago Bar Association, 2012
  • Chair, CBA Young Lawyers Section, 1999
  • CBA delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, 2013
  • Member, ISBA Real Estate Section Council, 2005
Industry Groups:
  • Business Transactions And Litigation
  • Commercial And Residential Real Estate
  • Consumer Law
  • Corporate Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • Title Insurance

Office location for Aurora Austriaco

300 E. Randolph
Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60601


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