Sandra A. Franco-Aguilera


Sandra  A.  Franco-Aguilera


161 North Clark
Suite 4200
Chicago, IL 60601

P: 312.876.7148

F: 312.876.6277





Sandra Franco-Aguilera is a partner in Arnstein & Lehr’s Chicago office and a member of the firm’s Litigation and Banks and Financial Institutions Practice Groups. She concentrates her practice in commercial litigation, banking law, and real estate law. Ms. Franco-Aguilera represents financial institutions and has extensive experience in secured transactions, collections, bankruptcy, commercial foreclosures, negotiating and drafting contracts, including promissory notes, mortgages, security agreements, purchase and sale and workout agreements, and enforcing leasehold rights in personal and real property. She also represents business entities and individuals in real estate transactions and the forming and maintaining the legal existence of corporations and limited liability companies.

Additionally, Ms. Franco-Aguilera is a volunteer attorney with Minority Legal Education Resources, Inc. where she tutors and prepares prospective attorneys for the Illinois Bar Exam. Sandra is fluent in Spanish.

Professional Activities & Achievements 

  • Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, JD Mentorship Program
  • Minority Legal Education Resources, Inc., Bar Preparation Program, Volunteer Tutor
  • Chicago Bar Association (Commercial Litigation Committee, Bankruptcy and Reorganization Committee and Animal Law Committee)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (CLE Coordinator for the Commercial, Banking, Collections and Bankruptcy Section Council)
  • Member of the firm’s Women’s Initiative Committee

Speaking Engagements 

  • “Litigation: Surviving the Battlefield,” 6th Annual Midwest Bank & Financial Institutions Special Assets Forum on Real Estate, C&I, and SBA Loans (September 2016)
  • “Bankruptcy Basics from the Experts – 2016,” Illinois State Bar Association (April 2016) 
  • “Boot Camp: Foreclosure and Loan Workout Procedures,” National Business Institute (January 2015)
  • “Updates in the Mortgage Foreclosure Law and Practice,” Kane County Bar Association Real Estate Committee Seminar (February 2014)
  • “Collection Issues You Don’t Know About…But Should,” Illinois State Bar Association, Commercial Banking Collections and Bankruptcy Section (November 2013)
  • “Boot Camp: Foreclosure and Loan Workout Procedures,” National Business Institute (June 2012)
  • “Post Foreclosure Issues,” National Business Institute (January 2012)


The John Marshall Law School (J.D., 2005)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A., 2000)

Bar Admissions

State of Illinois
U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for Central District of Illinois