THE FIRM This 30-strong team offers outstanding counsel on the full range of real estate matters, handling planning and zoning, tax-efficient structuring, PPPs, development and construction matters. It recently represented a number of life insurance companies in financing matters, and also handled significant new credit facilities on behalf of major banks.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Chicago-based Patrick Moran is "one of the top lawyers in the city." He handles a wide variety of commercial and institutional real estate and related financing matters, with a special emphasis on development, leasing, joint ventures and nontraditional financing. Peers describe him as "very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.”
"Crackerjack lawyer" Eric Schiller focuses on financings, joint ventures, acquisition, sales and workouts. He draws warm praise from peers, with one describing him as "active and excellent."
"Very fine lawyer" Mark Mehlman has a broad-based practice that includes real estate financing, hospitality and hotel transactions, troubled loan workouts and real estate acquisitions and dispositions.
Steven Davidson is held in particularly high regard by peers for his work on behalf of lenders. His finance-oriented practice has seen him undertake work involving office buildings, apartment complexes, retail centers and hotels.
Jana Cohen Barbe has a wealth of experience in advising banks in connection with community development and affordable housing investments. "I have always been impressed by her abilities to manage the volume of work that she does, without losing a bit of quality," said one client, adding: "Her memory and knowledge are equally vast."
Linda White is highly recommended for her work on financings, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and telecommunications matters.
Practice leader Robert Fernandez has extensive experience in the areas of acquisitions and dispositions, real estate finance, workouts, leasing and development matters.