The firm that grew to become KSN opened its doors on May 1, 1983. Founder Jordan Shifrin was inspired to do something unique – open a law practice that provided quality legal services to businesses and full-service representation of community associations.

In 1985, Jordan joined forces with several well-established, highly regarded Chicago attorneys and eventually became known as Kovitz Shifrin & Waitzman. Over the years, our law firm has changed its name a few times, recruited many talented lawyers, and continues to grow.

Managing partner Ryan Shpritz: “We started as a small suburban law firm and have grown new practice areas and offices in multiple states. The common thread is our people. We continue to work hard for our clients, we keep adding new goals, and we’ll continue to be ambitious.”

Today, KSN is staffed by an experienced and diverse team of attorneys, legal assistants, paralegals, and administrative staff. We have four office locations, serving hundreds of clients and thousands of communities throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Our attorneys are also licensed in Arizona, Florida, and Texas.


A Simple Philosophy that Works

We attribute our success to a simple philosophy that is instilled in all KSN team members, from junior associates to senior shareholders: “Return your phone calls and emails promptly, get your work done quickly, and be nice to people.”


Reflecting on the Past, Present, and Future

We are thankful for the thousands of clients who have placed their trust and support in our firm. We are grateful for the partnerships that have allowed us to grow and develop as legal professionals and individuals. We are proud to stand as industry leaders, continuously seeking to innovate and build on our reputation.

As we look forward to a bright future, KSN affirms our law firm’s commitment to achieve the best results for our clients.


40 Years of Highlights and Innovations

As KSN celebrates its 40th years anniversary in 2023, below are several firm highlights.

2022: KSN establishes an award named after our friend and partner Diane Silverberg (1961-2022). An exceptional and fierce litigation attorney, Diane was known for her keen intellect, tireless advocacy for her clients, her outstanding legal writing, and the warmth and humor she provided to her colleagues.

2022: KSN updates our Case Status Online (CSO) client portal. Property managers, community association board members, and landlords have 24/7 access to the status of their collection, eviction, and foreclosure matters. The updated CSO also provides multiple calendar viewing and reporting options.

2021: The Law Offices of Gary H. Smith, P.C. joins KSN. Attorney Gary Smith and his team have saved clients hundreds of millions of dollars through their property tax appeal successes.

2020: KSN acquires Tanner Law Group; an Indiana firm with over 20 years of experience representing community associations.

2017: Introducing the KSN Podcast; an audio series that examines various aspects of our industry including association law, landlord/tenant law, property tax appelas, and more. In each episode, KSN attorneys share their experience and insight as they discuss legal updates, best practices, and industry trends.

2016: The KSN App is now live! This free resource allows users to read mobile-friendly articles, laws, ordinances, and more.

2015: An upgraded KSN website is released, providing our clients and the community with a mobile-friendly online resource.

2009: KSN introduces insurance litigation to help clients manage their exposure to costly litigation scenarios.

2005: The first-ever online portal for association collections is announced for KSN.

1985: A KSN Collections Department is established to assist with collection of overdue assessments.

1983: Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit introduces monthly retainers to help associations manage their legal fees.


Legal Resource

Since 1983, KSN has been a legal resource for condominium, homeowner, and townhome associations. Additionally, we represent clients in real estate transactions, collectionslandlord/tenant issues, and property tax appeals. We represent thousands of clients and community associations throughout the US with offices in several states including Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

If we can be of legal assistance, do not hesitate to call 855-537-0500 or visit


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