Break New Ground

a comprehensive one-stop shop for all of your zoning needs

Serving Greater Chicago

Legal services

Our Value
to You

The zoning process is expensive, time consuming, and uncertain. Hiring Birchwood Law® will help you streamline the steps and improve the viability of your project


Whether you have a mixed-use, residential, commercial, or an industrial project, we are ready to assist you every step of the way

Our Practice Areas

Founding Attorney

Katarina Karac

Her prior experience as a public sector attorney who represented development agencies gives Katarina a unique understanding of how planning staff, zoning administrators and elected officials think about land use matters and zoning applications. On the private sector side, Katarina has been before many boards and commissions, neighborhood groups, and elected officials, consistently working to build consensus with a high success rate in resolving clients’ matters.

A skilled zoning attorney with a sincere enthusiasm for assisting clients through the entitlement phase of development, Katarina enjoys bringing efficiency and predictability to the process. She works with real estate developers, investors, businesses and property owners. Prior projects consist of mixed-use, residential, commercial and industrial developments, including office buildings, warehousing facilities, shopping centers, residential subdivisions and multi-family development.

Katarina is an active member of the legal community and she regularly presents at seminars and CLEs on the topic of zoning and land use.

Bar Admission


The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D.

Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal, Managing Editor

University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A.

Honors College, summa cum laude

Tenyse Gooden

Tenyse is a seasoned legal professional highly experienced in civil litigation and real estate law. With more than a decade of experience, she has worked with a diverse range of clients, including banks, corporations, and individuals in various legal proceedings and real estate transactions throughout the State of Illinois. In addition to her work with Birchwood Law Atty. Tenyse is also an Adjunct Professor at UIC Law School, where she teaches second-semester legal writing.

Bar Admission


The John Marshall Law School, J.D.

Deans List 2011, Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Society

Chicago State University

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice,  Cum Laude


I was delighted to work with Katarina on my commercial development project. She is an honest attorney with a practical approach. Very good with handling opposition. Highly recommended.

Michael S.
Real Estate Developer
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