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Gregory R. Andre is a Partner in the Real Estate Group of K&L Gates, LLP, in Chicago, with more than 30 years of extensive experience in commercial real estate law, including design and construction contracts, land use and development, leasing and sale-leasebacks, acquisitions and sales, real estate and construction, dispute resolution, and other matters involving properties located throughout the United States. He earned his B.S. magna cum laude from Boston College and his J.D. with honors from George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review.
Patrick E. Brady is a Partner with McGuireWoods LLP in Chicago. He has extensive experience in all types of commercial and industrial transactions, with significant experience in leasing, selling, and acquiring property with environmental contamination. He also assists healthcare clients in connection with their real estate acquisitions and transactions and represents a real estate investment trust in connection with its acquisition of property for its national real estate portfolio. Mr. Brady is a member of the Real Estate and Real Estate Tax Committee Sections of the Chicago Bar Association, the Real Estate Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Committee of Taxation for the Chicagoland Chamber. While in law school, and for a short time thereafter, Mr. Brady served as an analyst in the Appeals Department and in the Law Department for the Cook County Assessor’s Office. He received his B.A., with honors, from Northwestern University and his J.D., summa cum laude, from The John Marshall Law School.
Catherine A. Cooke is a Shareholder with Robbins, Salomon & Patt, Ltd., in Chicago, where she focuses her practice on commercial and real estate litigation. She is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations, as well as the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC). She serves on the Quarterly as the Assistant Editor and as a columnist and is an Associate Board Member of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Ms. Cooke earned her B.A. from Indiana University-Bloomington and her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, where she was a member of and Administrative Editor for The John Marshall Law Review.
William J. Dorsey is a Partner at Blank Rome LLP in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on commercial finance and real estate litigation. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers since 2012, and he is a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute’s Commercial Real Estate Law Institute. He is a member of the Illinois State and Missouri Bar Associations as well as the American Bankruptcy Institute. Mr. Dorsey received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Lawrence C. Eppley is a Managing Partner of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in acquisitions, real estate finance, development, public and private finance, joint ventures, and raising equity, primarily in the hospitality sector. He was named a Hospitality “MVP” by Law360 (2013, 2016), recognized as a “Best Lawyer in America” by Best Lawyers (2013 – 2020), and served as Chair of the Board of Directors, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center/1871 (a not-for-profit that provides programming and services for entrepreneurs and start-ups). Mr. Eppley earned his B.S. with high honors from the University of Illinois, his M.A.S. from the University of Illinois, and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif.
R. Kymn Harp is a Shareholder and Chair of the Business and Real Estate Transactions Practice Group at Robbins, Salomon & Patt, Ltd., in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on commercial real estate. Mr. Harp is a prolific writer and frequent speaker on a wide range of topics related to his practice including publications for IICLE® and his publication of ILLINOIS COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE: DUE DILIGENCE TO CLOSING WITH CHECKLISTS. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, and State Bar of New Mexico and serves on the ISBA Real Estate Law Section Council. Mr. Harp earned his B.A. from Wabash College and his J.D. from UIC John Marshall Law School.
Thomas C. Homburger has written for this handbook for more than 35 years and has written for numerous journals, including the ABA Real Property, Probate, and Trust Journal and The John Marshall Law Review. He has lectured for organizations including the Institute of Real Estate Management, the International Real Estate Institute, and the American Land Title Association and is an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School. He earned his B.A. from Columbia University and his J.D. cum laude from Columbia University School of Law.
Kevin V. Hunt is a Member of Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC, in Chicago, where he practices in the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group and concentrates in the area of real estate litigation, representing mortgagees, developers, owners, contractors, and title insurance companies. Mr. Hunt is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and a member of the Chicago, Illinois State, and American Bar Associations. Mr. Hunt earned his B.A. from Wabash College and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Barry H. Kahan is Principal of Kahan Law Offices in Highland Park, with associated offices in the Chicago Loop and the South, Northwest, and West Suburbs. His experience includes the representation of national commercial real estate developers and the coordination of various projects in Chicago, including the 150 N. Michigan Avenue Building and the conversion of River City to condominiums. He has written on subjects including the negotiation and closing of commercial real estate purchases, the negotiation and closing of commercial mortgages, and numerous others. Mr. Kahan was a member of the Executive Committee of the Real Property Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and was Chair of the Ownership, Leasing, and Management Subcommittee of the Real Property Committee for more than ten years. He is also an author and lecturer for IICLE® and has lectured for the Building Owners and Managers Association International and its Chicago Association and the Chicago Bar Association. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
Michele G. Magner is Of Counsel to the firm DLA Piper LLP (US) in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in commercial leasing. Her experience includes office, retail, and industrial leasing for both landlords and tenants, including anchor-tenant and headquarters office leases, leases of new construction facilities for single users in a variety of industries, and portfolio leasebacks; acquisition, disposition, leasing, and financing of corporate facilities; acquisitions and lease restructurings in bankruptcy; and other aspects of general real estate practice. She was a practice consultant for Commercial Leases, Negotiation and Drafting in ILLINOIS REAL PROPERTY SERVICE, published by The Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Co. Ms. Magner received her B.A. from Knox College and her J.D. from Washington University, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif.
Karl L. Marschel is an attorney at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in infrastructure (co-leader); real estate private equity, investments, and REITS; and real estate redevelopment. Mr. Marschel is a member of the American Bar Association, the Council of Development Finance Agencies, and the Illinois Tax Increment Association. He earned his B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law, where he was the Associate Managing Editor of the Journal of Law & Policy.
Madeleine W. Milan is an associate with Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C., in Chicago, where she focuses on commercial litigation, including forcible entry and detainer, mortgage foreclosure, quiet title, defamation, trade secret misappropriation, and bankruptcy. Ms. Milan received her B.A., cum laude, from Loyola University and J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University School of Law, where she was on the dean’s list all semesters; served as an editor on both the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal and the Consumer Law Review; was a legal writing tutor; externed for the Honorable Judge Ronald A. Guzman, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois; and received the Law Alumni Endowed Scholarship for Merit and the CALI Award for Class Action Seminar.
Timothy J. Patenode is a Partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on real estate litigation. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section and Construction Forum. Mr. Patenode received his B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University Pritzker Law School.
Joseph R. Podlewski, Jr., is in private practice with Podlewski & Hanson P.C., in Western Springs. He represents clients on a wide variety of environmental matters (including contested matters in state and federal court) and has appeared before numerous environmental agencies. He also provides advice and counsel to clients on environmental issues arising in commercial real estate transactions. Mr. Podlewski has also written for ENVIRONMENTAL LAW IN ILLINOIS CORPORATE AND REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS (IICLE®, 2019). He is a member of the West Suburban, Chicago, and Illinois State Bar Associations. He is Past Chair of both ISBA’s Environmental Law Section Council and the CBA’s Environmental Law Committee and was appointed to the Governor’s Small Business Environmental Task Force in 1994. He was selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer for 2007 and was featured in 2013 in Chicago’s Legal Leaders as among the “Top Rated Lawyers in Chicago” in the practice areas of environmental law and land use. He earned his B.A. from Northern Illinois University and his J.D. with honors from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was a Lead Articles Editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review.
John M. Rafkin is a Partner with Jones Day, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in real estate finance. He has more than 25 years of experience representing lenders and borrowers in complex senior and subordinate real estate financings, including single property and multi-asset construction, acquisition, revolver, CMBS, and Shari’ah-compliant financing. He also has substantial experience with mezzanine, A/B, and preferred equity forms of subordinated financing; hospitality financing; and the workout of troubled real estate loans, including complex, multi-tiered loan restructurings, discounted payoffs, bankruptcy, deficiency notes, and other settlement structures. Mr. Rafkin has extensive experience in the syndication, assignment, and participation of all forms of financing and represents purchasers and sellers of performing and nonperforming loans and loan pools. In addition, he represents developers and other property owners in the acquisition, development, construction, and sale of real estate and landlords, lenders, and tenants in office, retail, and industrial leasing. Mr. Rafkin earned his A.B. cum laude from Harvard University and his J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif.
Gerard D. Ring is a Partner with Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, estate and trust litigation, and bankruptcy. He has spoken on tenant bankruptcy and real estate for several professional organizations and has published articles in a variety of journals. Mr. Ring is AV rated and served as a faculty advisor for six years for The John Marshall Law School Trial Advocacy Competition, sponsored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Mr. Ring was a member of the Board of Education for Palos Consolidated School District 118 (1994 – 1995 and 2001 – 2005). He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his J.D., with high distinction, from The John Marshall Law School, where he served as a Staff Editor of The John Marshall Law Review.
Michael J. Roth Jr., is a Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in commercial and residential real estate development throughout the United States, including construction and design contracts, lending and finance, and sales and acquisitions. He is a member of the Finance Committee of Downers Grove First United Methodist Church. Mr. Roth earned his B.A. from Truman State University and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law.
Joseph B. VanFleet is a Partner at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, in Peoria, where he concentrates his practice in business litigation. He is a member of the American and Illinois State Bar Associations and the American Inns of Court. Mr. VanFleet received his B.S. with high honors from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Theodore I. Yi is a Partner with Quarles & Brady LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in the area of real estate law. His extensive and varied real estate experience includes a wide range of commercial real estate transactions, with a particular focus on commercial lease transactions, representing both owners and users of office, retail, and industrial properties. Mr. Yi has been listed in Chambers USA, was named a 2011 Business Leader of Color by Chicago United, and is a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He earned both his B.A. and B.S. from the University of Illinois, with Phi Beta Kappa honors, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
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