As the situation on the coronavirus pandemic grows in both Illinois and throughout the world, we will maintain this page with our status and updates.
As of Friday, March 20th: Amata Law Office Suites is still open and operating. However, we are encouraging clients work remotely.
Recent Update: Friday, March 20th
Amata Law Office Suites open during the Shelter-in-Place
The operations of Amata Law Office Suites fall under Section 1(12) item m. in the executive order as put forth by the state; stating that "businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply products needed to work from home" fall under the "Essential Businesses and Operations" category. Therefore, we are remaining open during this order.
For previous updates please see below.
Thursday, March 19th
161 N Clark Street (Chicago): Positive testing for COVID-19 in building
Amata Law Office Suites has been notified by the building management of 161 N Clark that an on-site employee has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). CBRE will be following the guidance of the CDC while responding to the incident. The tenant in question is addressing the issue in their space.
180 N LaSalle Street now operating from 8 AM-5 PM.
Effective today, the Amata Law Office Suites location at 180 N LaSalle will be closing an hour earlier than usual. We will be operating from 8 AM-5 PM during this pandemic. Once the current situation is improved, we will return to the extended hours previously observed at this location (8 AM-6 PM).
Tuesday, March 17th
77 W Wacker Drive (Chicago): Positive testing for COVID-19 in building
Amata Law Office Suites has been notified by the building management of 77 W Wacker that an on-site employee has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Ownership and Transwestern are in close communication with the tenant and the Chicago Department of Public Health in responding to this matter.
Sunday, March 15th
Governor J.B. Pritzker has closed all bars and restaurants in Illinois, starting Tuesday, March 17th.
In order to combat COVID-19, Governor J.B. Pritzker has closed all Illinois bars and restaurants for on-site consumption. This will go into effect Monday evening, March 16th, starting at 9 p.m. and extending through March 30.
During this time, customers may order food for delivery or takeout.
Amata is open but encouraging work from home and social distancing.
If you are a client who has not yet established remote working procedures and options for your firm, please contact your center manager, or call us at 312-757-7840. We will assist you in setting up your firm for telework through our virtual office services.
Friday, March 13th
Cook County Courts closed starting Tuesday, March 17th.
Starting Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, the Circuit Court of Cook County will not be in session at the courthouses. This will extend through April 15th, 2020, with normal operations commencing on April 16th, 2020. Please note, this date may be modified by subsequent order of the Chief Judge.
The Circuit Court of Cook County will make exceptions for emergencies in civil cases or certain categories of criminal cases. There will be two assigned emergency judges (per day) in the Domestic Relations Division presiding in the Daley Center courtrooms 1903 and 1905. These judges will be only addressing emergencies.
Amata Law Office Suites is still open.
Amata Law Office Suites plans to remain open to provide services to attorneys during this time, and our locations are still open pending any changes to the COVID-19 situation in downtown Chicago. We will work diligently to keep our client's firms running as smoothly as possible, and maintain our virtual services for all Amata clients who have chosen to telework due to the outbreak. We've also extended our free of charge legal admin and paralegal services to match the court's date of April the 15th.
If you are an Amata Law Office Suites client who is interested in working remotely and have not yet received mobile phone training for you and your staff, or if you need more information regarding our free of charge admin & paralegal services now put in place through April 15th, please reach out to us at 312-757-7840.
If you are not a client but would like information on how Amata Law Office Suites can assist your firm, please call us at 312-815-1884.
March 12th Update
Amata Law Office Suites is open for the foreseeable future and preparing clients to work remotely.
Our teams have been working around-the-clock with Amata clients training them to use their mobile business phone technology so they can continue to serve their clients during this challenging time. We've also removed select administrative & paralegal service fees so they can operate as usual, without incurring additional costs due to this outbreak.
It's important to us that our clients are able to work from anywhere and can implement the policies they believe are best for their firm's health and safety. To assist your firm we are offering the following services at no charge:
- Court filings and court runs in downtown Chicago (filing fees will still be incurred)
- Document preparation
- Mail scanning to you and your employees
If you have not yet received training for you and/or your staff, please reach out to us at 312-757-7840.