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Jay A. Gitles

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5937
Fax: (312) 460-7937
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Partner in home office of 725+ lawyer firm.  Lead counsel in wide variety of real estate and corporate transactions, including:

  • Acquisition, development, construction, financing and leasing transactions on behalf of retail developers and property managers including deals with Ashley Furniture, Barnes & Noble,  Baskin Robbins, Bay Furniture, Blockbuster, Bubbleland, Burger King, Chili’s, Circuit City, Cold Stone Creamery, Dunkin Donuts, Evans Apparel, Helzberg Diamonds, HomeTown Buffet, JoAnn Fabrics, KFC/Pizza Hut Express, K Mart, Loehmann’s, Max & Erma’s, Nobel Learning Centers, OfficeMax, Red Lobster, Rockbottom Brewery, Sally Beauty, Southland Corp., Sweet Tomatoes, Taco Bell, Toys”R”Us, Walgreen’s, Walmart, and Wickes Furniture;
  • Office, industrial, retail and residential acquisition, land use, development, construction, exchange, financing, leasing and sale transactions including on behalf of AEG Real Estate Advisors, Belle Realty, Bond Companies, Bradford Property Corporation, Cambridge Homes, General Growth Properties, Great Lakes REIT, Inter-Continental Realty & Development, James Kaplan Companies, Keystone Holdings, Klaff Realty, Lurie Investments, MB Klein Property Management, MDC, Inc., Monroe Investment Partners, New Channels Realty, Next Realty, Pine Tree Commercial Realty, Podolsky Northstar Realty Partners, Special Assets, Walton Street Capital and Welsh Investments;
  • Leasing, acquisition, land use, disposition, development, construction, exchange and finance transactions on behalf of “non-real estate” businesses generally, including on behalf of A.B. Dick, Agrow Fresh, American Classic Voyages, Bake Line Group, Baxter, BPI Group, Chef Solutions, Chicago Historical Society, Conference Center Concepts, Daniel J. Edelman, DeVry, DS America, Environmental Resources Management, Environmental Systems Design, European Imports, Flender, Flexi-Mat, Friend Family Health Centers, GlobalChoice Healthcare, Greenwood Associates, Hassett Air Express, Hedge Fund Research, Heitman Financial, Hudson Manufacturing, International Flavors & Fragrances, Kemper Sports, Little Lady Foods, McDonald & McCabe, Motorola, NanoInk, National University of Health Sciences, OakBrook Investments, Orica Nitrogen, Ostrow, Reisin, Berk & Abrams, Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago, Pasco Beverages, Pennant Foods, Preferred Freezer Services, Recycled Paper Greetings, Ross Dixon & Bell, Royal Crown Bottling, Service Corporation International, S-K Hand Tool, Sonora Produce, Sternberg Lanterns, Strive Group, Tellabs, Ubiquity Brands/Jays Foods, United Plastics, Warady & Davis, Welsh & Katz and Z Frank;
  • Leases, acquisitions and sales on behalf of retailers and restaurant owners in offices, power centers, enclosed malls and other shopping areas, including for Apple Stores, BW-3 Restaurants, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Daikichi Sushi, Earl Scheib, Fast Fresh Italian (Go Roma!), Follett Bookstores, Frankie’s On The Park, Home Depot, Kohl’s Department Stores, Michaels Stores, Smog Test Only Centers, The Sports Authority, Ultimo Enterprises, Woolrich and Yaohan U.S.A. Corporation;
  • Telecommunications service licenses and site leases on behalf of property owners including with AT&T Wireless PCS, Cellular One, U.S. Cellular, Nextel, Pinnacle Towers, Motorola, Sprint Spectrum, FiberNet Equal Access, U.S. West and Qwest Communications;
  • Chilled water service and other utility agreements on behalf of property owners including Chicago Theatre and Union League Club with Unicom Thermal Technologies;
  • Construction contracts and architect agreements on behalf of owners/developers, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals;
  • Eminent domain/condemnation proceedings on behalf of commercial property owners including against the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District;
  • Rezonings, annexations and other land use matters, including on behalf of Motorola in connection with development of an 880,000 square foot office and research laboratory campus, for Marshall Field’s in connection with expansion of a warehouse and distribution facility, for Copley Press in connection with development of a new publishing facility and for MDC in connection with development of a new freight forwarding facility; and
  • Secured loans, loan workouts and foreclosures on behalf of both lenders and borrowers including deed in lieu transaction concerning mixed use office, retail and residential project and foreclosure of residential/golf course development.

Partner in home office of 725+ lawyer firm.  Lead counsel in wide variety of real estate and corporate transactions, including:

  • Acquisition, development, construction, financing and leasing transactions on behalf of retail developers and property managers including deals with Ashley Furniture, Barnes & Noble,  Baskin Robbins, Bay Furniture, Blockbuster, Bubbleland, Burger King, Chili’s, Circuit City, Cold Stone Creamery, Dunkin Donuts, Evans Apparel, Helzberg Diamonds, HomeTown Buffet, JoAnn Fabrics, KFC/Pizza Hut Express, K Mart, Loehmann’s, Max & Erma’s, Nobel Learning Centers, OfficeMax, Red Lobster, Rockbottom Brewery, Sally Beauty, Southland Corp., Sweet Tomatoes, Taco Bell, Toys”R”Us, Walgreen’s, Walmart, and Wickes Furniture;
  • Office, industrial, retail and residential acquisition, land use, development, construction, exchange, financing, leasing and sale transactions including on behalf of AEG Real Estate Advisors, Belle Realty, Bond Companies, Bradford Property Corporation, Cambridge Homes, General Growth Properties, Great Lakes REIT, Inter-Continental Realty & Development, James Kaplan Companies, Keystone Holdings, Klaff Realty, Lurie Investments, MB Klein Property Management, MDC, Inc., Monroe Investment Partners, New Channels Realty, Next Realty, Pine Tree Commercial Realty, Podolsky Northstar Realty Partners, Special Assets, Walton Street Capital and Welsh Investments;
  • Leasing, acquisition, land use, disposition, development, construction, exchange and finance transactions on behalf of “non-real estate” businesses generally, including on behalf of A.B. Dick, Agrow Fresh, American Classic Voyages, Bake Line Group, Baxter, BPI Group, Chef Solutions, Chicago Historical Society, Conference Center Concepts, Daniel J. Edelman, DeVry, DS America, Environmental Resources Management, Environmental Systems Design, European Imports, Flender, Flexi-Mat, Friend Family Health Centers, GlobalChoice Healthcare, Greenwood Associates, Hassett Air Express, Hedge Fund Research, Heitman Financial, Hudson Manufacturing, International Flavors & Fragrances, Kemper Sports, Little Lady Foods, McDonald & McCabe, Motorola, NanoInk, National University of Health Sciences, OakBrook Investments, Orica Nitrogen, Ostrow, Reisin, Berk & Abrams, Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago, Pasco Beverages, Pennant Foods, Preferred Freezer Services, Recycled Paper Greetings, Ross Dixon & Bell, Royal Crown Bottling, Service Corporation International, S-K Hand Tool, Sonora Produce, Sternberg Lanterns, Strive Group, Tellabs, Ubiquity Brands/Jays Foods, United Plastics, Warady & Davis, Welsh & Katz and Z Frank;
  • Leases, acquisitions and sales on behalf of retailers and restaurant owners in offices, power centers, enclosed malls and other shopping areas, including for Apple Stores, BW-3 Restaurants, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Daikichi Sushi, Earl Scheib, Fast Fresh Italian (Go Roma!), Follett Bookstores, Frankie’s On The Park, Home Depot, Kohl’s Department Stores, Michaels Stores, Smog Test Only Centers, The Sports Authority, Ultimo Enterprises, Woolrich and Yaohan U.S.A. Corporation;
  • Telecommunications service licenses and site leases on behalf of property owners including with AT&T Wireless PCS, Cellular One, U.S. Cellular, Nextel, Pinnacle Towers, Motorola, Sprint Spectrum, FiberNet Equal Access, U.S. West and Qwest Communications;
  • Chilled water service and other utility agreements on behalf of property owners including Chicago Theatre and Union League Club with Unicom Thermal Technologies;
  • Construction contracts and architect agreements on behalf of owners/developers, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals;
  • Eminent domain/condemnation proceedings on behalf of commercial property owners including against the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District;
  • Rezonings, annexations and other land use matters, including on behalf of Motorola in connection with development of an 880,000 square foot office and research laboratory campus, for Marshall Field’s in connection with expansion of a warehouse and distribution facility, for Copley Press in connection with development of a new publishing facility and for MDC in connection with development of a new freight forwarding facility; and
  • Secured loans, loan workouts and foreclosures on behalf of both lenders and borrowers including deed in lieu transaction concerning mixed use office, retail and residential project and foreclosure of residential/golf course development.

Education

  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law (1987)
    Note and Comment Editor (1986 87) and Staff Member (1985 86), Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
    Author, Note, “Fourth Amendment - Reasonableness of Surgical Intrusions,” Winston v. Lee, 105 S.Ct. 1611 (1985), 76J.Crim.L. & Criminology 972 (1985)
  • A.B., University of Michigan (1984)
    Four Year Honors Program; Dean’s List

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Affiliations

  • Northwestern University School of Law - Law School Board Member (2010-present); Fund Board of Directors - Chairman (2008-2010) and John Henry Wigmore Club - Chairman (2006-2008); and Member (2003-present)
  • The Standard Club (Board of Directors, Secretary and By-Laws Committee Chairman)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • International Association of Attorneys and Executives In Corporate Real Estate
  • Chicago Bar Association (Real Property Committee)

Presentations

  • Quoted, “Ugly is in the Eye of a Billboard's Beholder,” Chicago Real Estate Daily (October 7, 2013)
  • Program Co-Chair and Speaker, “Lawyers and Brokers Working Together To Make Transactions Work For Tenants and Landlords:  Recessionary Deal-Making,” AECRE Fall Forum (November 21, 2008)
  • Program Co-Chair and Speaker, “Landlord v. Tenant – The Letter of Intent Battle,” AECRE Fall Forum (November 9, 2007)
  • Speaker, “Eminent Domain:  A Legal Look at the Kelo Ruling and Impact on Commercial Real Estate,” SIOR Chicago Chapter (October 25, 2005)
  • Speaker, “Lawyer’s Views on What Makes a Successful Commercial Real Estate Broker,” Marcus & Millichap, Chicago area Investment Sales Brokerage Group (August 3, 2005)
  • Speaker, “Subleasing and Bankruptcy Risks,” CB Richard Ellis, Chicago area Corporate Real Estate Services Group (February 7, 2002)
  • Speaker, “Wireless Telecom Rooftop and Tower Leasing,” Cushman & Wakefield, Chicago area Brokerage Group (December 12, 2001)
  • Speaker, “Recent Trends in Telecommunications Site Leasing,” Chicago Bar Association - Real Property Law Committee (April 26, 2000)
  • Speaker, “Avoiding Battles of Attrition in CAM Negotiations,” ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona (October 22, 1999)
  • Instructor, “Leases; Landlord and Tenant Relationships,” BOMA/Chicago Commercial Real Estate Law Course (Summer 1999)
  • Speaker, “Lease Option Clauses,” ICSC Chicago Retail Leasing Symposium (June 9, 1999)
  • Speaker, “Wireless Telecommunication Site Leasing,” ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (October 30, 1998)
  • Speaker, “Telecommunication Leases,” ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, Palm Desert, California (October 24, 1997)
  • Speaker, “Current Trends In Commercial Lease Negotiations,” Institute of Real Estate Management, Chicago Chapter (June 25, 1997)
  • Speaker, “Common Area Maintenance Clauses,” ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, Orlando, Florida (October 26, 1996)

Publications

Other Admissions

  • Licensed individually as a Real Estate Broker in Illinois