Ainat Margalit is a Senior Attorney in the Consumer Practice Group at LAF where she focuses on homeownership preservation, bankruptcy and debt collection defense. She’s also the winner of the 2018 Solovy award, which she accepted at our annual luncheon last week.
Ainat began work at LAF 6 years ago, after earning two law degrees (one in Israel, one in Chicago), serving two clerkships (one in Israel, one in Chicago), arguing appeals for the Illinois Attorney General, defending clients against foreclosures at a private firm, and advocating against misleading nutritional information in Washington D.C. She’s also a founding member of Hyde Park Cats, which spays and neuters feral cats on the south side of the city and finds homes for strays. She has a wealth of experience, and she puts it to work on her clients’ behalf.
“I always wanted to be doing legal services,” she says, “I always wanted to use my law degree to help people. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to do so at LAF.”
Now that she’s here at LAF, Ainat’s expertise in consumer protection serves as a valuable resource to clients whose homes and livelihoods are at stake, and she holds the people she helps in very high regard. “I have a client that calls LAF ‘the innocence project for homeowners,’ who says to me ‘all my block has been foreclosed on except for me.’ But she’s the one that reached out, and that’s hard. It’s a leap of faith to ask for help, and not everyone does.”
So as long as there are Chicagoans in need and willing to reach out, Ainat will keep lending her support. “It’s hard times for consumers right now,” she says, “We’ve got to keep on fighting.”