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One North Franklin
Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606

250 East Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1800
Milwaukee, WI 53202


J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 2009

B.B.A., cum laude, Loyola University - Chicago, 2006


Rising Stars® distinction in the fields of Business Litigation, Real Estate: Business, Business/Corporate, and Employment & Labor (2016 - 2023, Law & Politics)


Jonathan M. Boulahanis is a Partner in the Chicago office of GRSM and a member of the Business Transactions, Banking & Finance, Real Estate, and Food & Beverage Practice Groups. He has a wide variety of experience representing companies from inception to exit, making him a trusted advisor to any size business.

Corporate Law

Jonathan regularly advises privately held businesses, in corporate matters, including strategic business planning, corporate structuring, formation of business entities, corporate governance, creation and implementation of employment policies, creation and review of management and operating agreements, service agreements, contractor agreements, and providing guidance for companies raising capital.

He has also served as lead counsel in merger and acquisition transactions for clients in a variety of industries, including logistics, health care, advertising, industrial, retail, franchise, and restaurants.

Banking and Real Estate

Jonathan has represented both commercial lenders and borrowers in lending facilities including real estate financing, asset-based lending, SBA lending, and mezzanine financing. Such representation has included conducting due diligence, preparing all loan documentation and participation agreements, drafting and enforcing security agreements pursuant to Article 9 of the UCC, and assisting with refinancing, work-out programs, and receivership.

He is also experienced in representing both buyers and sellers in commercial real estate transactions, including preparing purchase sale agreements, easements and shared responsibility agreements, and completing 1031 exchanges. Jonathan also regularly represents Landlords and Tenants in complex lease negotiations.

Food and Beverage

Jonathan counsels Food and Beverage clients, including restaurants, bars, liquor suppliers, and liquor distributors on all legal issues related to their industry, including issues related to regulatory and statutory compliance that are enforced by the United States Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), Illinois Liquor Control Commission, and Wisconsin Department of Revenue.


Jonathan received an undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago, and attended The John Marshall Law School. While in law school, he served as an extern for the Honorable Virginia M. Kendall in the Northern District of Illinois. Additionally, Jonathan worked for the Office of the Chief Counsel for the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives in Washington, D.C. and the Corporation Counsel’s Office for the City of Chicago. As a young attorney, he served as trial counsel in nine full-length jury trials taken to verdict – experience that he brings to transactions to effectively counsel clients on how to avoid litigation risks.

Jonathan is a Chicagoland native and enjoys giving back to his community. He volunteers for the Settlement Assistance Project through the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, founded and runs an Illinois non-profit called the Go Forth Fund, and is a member of Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Chicago’s near west side. He also serves on the Advisory Council for Cristo Rey St. Martin High School, part of the Cristo Rey Network.


  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit


  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Hellenic Bar Association
  • Illinois Restaurant Association

Community Involvement

  • Founder of the Go Forth Fund, an Illinois not for profit organization
  • Volunteer Member – Settlement Assistance Project for the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois
  • Board Member for the Cristo Rey St. Martin Advisory Council
  • Volunteer for the Legal Assistance Resource Center, Catholic Charities of Greater Chicago
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