Aurora Austriaco

Firm: Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C.
Location: Chicago - IL

  • 105 West Adams Street, 35th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60603
  • Tel : (312) 238-9061
  • Fax : (312) 638-8137

Aurora concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation, construction litigation, mechanic’s liens, defense of mortgage foreclosure, mortgage fraud – plaintiff, title insurance claims litigation, and other special chancery remedy cases. Her clients range from multinational corporations, title insurance companies, credit unions, hotels and restaurant owners, developers, small and startup companies and   as well as individuals.  Aurora is currently serving as Commissioner for the Illinois Courts Commission and as President of the Lawyer’s Trust Fund of Illinois. .She served 9 years as Commissioner for the Park Ridge Planning and Zoning Commission, and has served 11 years as Commissioner for the Cook County Human Rights Commission.  She is past president of the Chicago Bar Association, and was named a Super Lawyer-Real Estate, one of the Top 10 Women Consumer Attorneys by Leading Lawyers, and one of the Top 10 Women Lawyers in Real Estate.  Aurora is also fluent in Tagalog.

Representative Engagements

  • Lead Counsel on a senior fraud financial exploitation case and obtained a multimillion dollar judgment against various defendants and in favor of the elderly clients.
  • Lead Counsel on a mortgage fraud scam wherein the client was defrauded by her ex-husband who took out several millions of dollars in fraudulent mortgages under her name without her knowledge against the marital property.  The lender foreclosed against the wife based on the fraudulent mortgages and we prevailed on  a summary judgment in favor of the wife and against the defrauding ex-husband.
  • Lead counsel on a title insurance claims litigation involving a mortgage scam.  Our firm obtained hundreds of thousands in judgment against the fraudulent parties and in favor of the title insurance company.
  • Represented various developers in the purchase and conversion of several buildings to condominium units.
  • Represented various business owners on the purchase and sale of restaurants, hotels, apartment buildings and commercial buildings.
  • Lead counsel in various title insurance claims litigations.
  • Lead counsel in a mechanic’s lien litigation involving a fraudulently released claim for lien wherein the general contractor’s lien was fraudulently signed and released by the owner.  We successfully recovered over $300,000.00  in favor of the general contractor claimant.


  • CBA Alliance for Women, “Alta Mae Hulett” Award, 2006
  • Cook County State’s Attorney, “Distinguished Service” Award, 2008
  • Philippine Chamber of Commerce, “Ten Most Outstanding Filipino American Businessmen,” 2009
  • Diversity MBA Magazine, “Top 100 under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders,” 2011
  • Today’s Chicago Woman, “100 Women of Influence,” 2013
  • Award by Institute of Women Today, “Sister Margaret Traxler,” 2013
  • Asian American Coalition of Chicago, “Ping Tom” Award, 2015
  • Filipina Women’s Network, “2015 Global FWN 100 Women,” 2015
  • Chicago Filipino American Hall of Fame “Excellence in Public Service,” 2015
  • Named “Super Lawyer in Real Estate,” 2012-present
  • Recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” in the areas of Real Estate Law and Consumer Law, 2009-present
  • Recognized “Top 100 Women Consumer Law” Attorneys by Leading Lawyers, 2013-19
  • Named Illinois “Super Lawyer” in general litigation, 2015-2016
  • Premier Real Estate Lawyers ” Exclusive Featured Attorney for Chicago” 2020
  •  Chicago United, 2019 Business Leaders of Color awardee

Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C.

Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C. is an all women owned law firm representing clients in a wide range of matters where the law touches business. We have decades of experience in commercial litigation, internal investigations, employment matters, and real estate – to name just a few of our areas of experience.

We also regularly represent aviation interests in a variety of litigation matters.

We represent residential and commercial owners and developers in the sale and purchase of residential and commercial properties, including condominium buildings, hotels, restaurants, office buildings, shopping centers, and other properties. We have also handled various real estate-related litigation matters, including landlord-tenant disputes, title insurance litigation, zoning and ordinance issues, construction litigation, and mortgage fraud. Our decades of experience working in the real estate industry – both in the transaction matters and in litigation – provides us with a unique perspective that benefits our clients.