DePaul University College of Law,
J.D., with honor
US Ct Appeals, 7th Circuit (IL, IN, WI)
Illinois USDC, Northern District
American Bar Association
American College of Investment Council (ACIC)
Justinian Society of Lawyers
Real Estate Investment Association (REIA)
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
"Illinois Leading Lawyer" for Real Estate Law
Thompson Coburn LLP
Roetzel & Andress
Loeb & Loeb LLP
McDermott Will and Emery
Vedder Price, P.C.
Jim focuses his practice on corporate finance, real estate finance, workouts, restructurings, and commercial real estate transactions.
Jim's finance practice experience includes representing national, regional, and local financial institutions and borrowers in secured and unsecured lending transactions, including CMBS, real estate, asset-based and credit-based loans. His real estate lending representation includes hospitality, commercial and residential new construction, office, shopping center, and other retail properties. Most often, Jim counsels clients on multiple party credit arrangements, including senior/subordinated debt structures, first lien/second lien financings, credit tenant loans, securitization, and leveraged lease transactions. Additionally, he counsels commercial lenders and financial institutions in connection with commercial real estate related workouts and restructuring transactions.
Jim's commercial real estate practice includes industrial, retail, office, and multi-family residential development, construction, financing and leasing transactions. He has extensive experience representing industrial property developers, retail property developers, commercial property developers, and residential property developers in all phases of development, including acquisition, disposition, financing, zoning, construction, development, and leasing.
$25 million loan in connection with private equity acquisition of national paving company in Chicago, Illinois.
$15.7 million loan in connection with construction of 18 screen multiplex movie theater in Fresno, California.
$16 million loan in connection with construction of five outlots of a shopping center in Fresno, California.
$24.7 million loan in connection with acquisition of office building in Fresno, California.
$9.185 million loan in connection with construction of outlots of a shopping center in Fresno, California.
$4.5 million bank refinancing of retail property in Georgetown, Kentucky.
$3.415 million refinancing of retail shopping center in Pontiac, Michigan.
$68.5 million acquisition and CMBS financing of internationally flagged hotel in Troy, Michigan.
$12.7 million CMBS refinancing of office building located on W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, Illinois.
$12.5 million CMBS refinancing of office building located on N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, Illinois.
$4.2 million bank construction financing of office building located on W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, Illinois.
$4.8 million CMBS refinancing of hotel in Campbellsville, Kentucky.
$18.5 million sale and loan modification of hotel property located on Adams St., Chicago, Illinois.
$20 million sale of office building located on Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois.
$14.1 million sale of medical office building in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
$6.25 million acquisition of retail property in Naperville, Illinois.
$6.425 million acquisition of retail property in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
$2.8 million sale of retail property located in Peoria, Illinois.
$3.75 million sale of banquet facility located in Niles, Illinois.
$3.25 million acquisition of commercial property located on W. Lake St., Chicago, Illinois.
$1.375 million sale of retail property located on W. Lake St., Chicago, Illinois.
$1.062 million acquisition of retail property in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
$1.375 million sale of retail property located at 1039 W. Lake St., Chicago, Illinois.
$3.75 million sale of retail property located in Peoria, Illinois.
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