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Amata Attorney River Cruise

Leading attorneys came together last Thursday evening to build their relationships, enjoy a sense of camaraderie, and share referrals and resources. Check out this video and you will see, this is what being part of the Amata network is all about. With only 60 tickets available, the Amata attorney social on the Wendella river cruise was a sold-out event. The exclusive list of attendees ranged from 30 year veterans from large law firms to first year attorneys participating in the Chicago-Kent incubator program that partnered with Amata Law Offices to provide office space and services to the attorneys in the program. Meeting new people, building relationships and sharing referrals and resources is what selecting Amata Law Offices to house your firm is all about. This event was created from a collaboration between Amata and Advitam IP, an intellectual property law firm.

Just about a year ago Richard Gurak, a founding partner of Advitam IP, LLC, decided it would be beneficial if the attorneys at Amata’s 150 S Wacker office got together over a drink once a month to get to know each other. He circulated an invite for drinks and several attorneys took the opportunity to take a break, grab a drink and meet their neighbors. That first social became a monthly event and eventually opened up to legal professionals at other Amata offices where the events have also been hosted. Richard adds that “Amata saw the value in our legal professional’s social group and strongly supported us so we could take it to the next level.”

Richard has spent his career building relationships throughout the world, growing his practice to work with clients in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Pan-Asia. So it should come as no surprise that Richard began building his network soon after selecting Amata Law Offices to house Advitam IP, LLC’s North American offices. For 20 years practicing Intellectual Property law Richard has demonstrated how effective networking and building relationships can be to creating a successful law practice.

Future plans are coming together to continue the attorney socials. On October 26th plans are underway to host an event at The Metropolitan Club on the 67th floor of the Willis Tower. You won’t want to miss this event as Amata shares member benefits of the newly formed partnership with the club and details of the half billion-dollar renovation taking place at Willis Tower will be presented.

The next step: Getting to join the group on the river cruise was just the first step. The next step is to follow up with those you met on the river cruise or would have liked to meet but ran out of time. The attendee list has been distributed so take a few minutes and send a follow up or introduction e-mail introducing yourself. Set up a time for a call or cup of coffee and learn more about each other. Find out how each of you can help the other build your law practices. For all the attorneys I have had the privilege to work with, it is always those that get out and network that enjoy the most success.

Interesting Fact: Did you know that as an Amata member you have access to use services and space at all Amata locations at no additional cost. Today we spotlight the facilities at 150 N Michigan Ave., the white diamond shaped building in the Chicago skyline. Amata Law Offices operates two full floors in this building with views of lake Michigan and Millennium Park that will dazzle your clients. The 8th floor has recently reopened after a million dollar renovation has transformed the common area into a warm and welcoming meeting facility, added huddle rooms, a “live edge” table constructed entirely of one full tree slab from a downed tree in Wisconsin and expanded secretary workstations. Take a break from the routine and book a conference room or just stop in to work for a few hours. The offices have direct access to the Daley Center through Chicago’s underground pedway, so you never have to brave the weather going to court.



Ron Bockstahler has worked with individual attorneys and law firms for the past 30 years, gaining an in depth understanding of the business of running a law practice. He is the co-founder and CEO of Amata Law Offices and Managing Broker for Amata Realty Group, LLC, a real estate firm dedicated to consulting attorneys on their office space needs. Ron can be reached at or 312-924-0204.


Joel McFarlin has worked with individual attorneys and law firms for the past five years, leveraging his growing network to act as a connector with other attorneys and businesses throughout Chicago. He is the Vice-President of Sales for Amata Law Offices and Broker for Amata Realty Group, LLC. He enjoys making short videos around Chicago. You can watch his latest video from the Attorney Social River Cruise event here: Joel can be reached at or 312-924-2823.