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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 850+ lawyer firm.  Lead counsel in wide variety of real estate and corporate transactions, including:

  • Office, industrial, retail and residential acquisition, land use, development, construction, exchange, financing, leasing and sale transactions including on behalf of AEG, Baker Development, Belle Realty, Bonnie Investment Group, Bradford Property Corporation, General Growth, Great Lakes REIT, IndCor/Blackstone, International Property Developers, Kaufman & Jacobs, Klaff Realty, Lurie Investments, MDC, Inc., Monroe Investment Partners, New Channels Realty, Next Realty, Pine Tree Commercial Realty, Podolsky|Circle, Shorenstein, Taris Real Estate, U. S. Bankruptcy Trustee and Walton Street Capital;
  • Leasing, acquisition, land use, disposition, development, construction, exchange and finance transactions on behalf of “non-real estate” businesses generally, including on behalf of Agrow Fresh, Akzo Nobel, American Classic Voyages, Bake Line Group, BPI Group, BuckleySandler, Chicago Historical Society, C. H. Robinson, Edelman, DS America, Environmental Resources Management, Environmental Systems Design, Equinix, European Imports, Flender, Flexi-Mat, Freeosk, Friend Family Health Centers, Gerdau Ameristeel, GlobalChoice Healthcare, Grayhill, Greenwood Associates, Hassett Air Express, Hedge Fund Research, Heitman, Hudson Manufacturing, International Flavors & Fragrances, Kemper Sports, KVH Industries, Middleby, Motorola, NanoInk, National University of Health Sciences, Orica Nitrogen, Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago, Palm Beach Newspapers, Pennant Foods, Preferred Freezer, Prospect Capital, Recycled Paper Greetings, Ross Dixon & Bell, Runge Paper, Service Corp. Int’l, S-K Hand Tool, Sonora Produce, Stack-On, Sternberg Lanterns, Strive Group, Technical Ordnance, Tellabs, Ubiquity Brands / Jays Foods, Victory Park Capital, Warady & Davis, Welsh & Katz and Z Frank;
  • Acquisition, development, construction, financing and leasing transactions on behalf of retail developers and property managers including deals with Ashley Furniture, Athletico, Barnes & Noble, Baskin Robbins, Bay Furniture, Blockbuster, Boost Mobile, Bubbleland, Burger King, Chicago Home Fitness, Chili’s, Circuit City, Cold Stone Creamery, Dairy Queen, Donut King, Dunkin Donuts, Enterprise Leasing, GNC, Great Escape, Helzberg Diamonds, HomeTown Buffet, Jakes Wayback Burgers, JoAnn Fabrics, KFC/Pizza Hut Express, K Mart, Little Caesar’s, Loehmann’s, Max & Erma’s, Murphy Oil, Nobel Learning Centers, OfficeMax, Potbelly, Red Lobster, Rockbottom Brewery, Saffire Vapor, Sally Beauty, 7-Eleven, Subway, Supercuts, Sweet Tomatoes, Taco Bell, Toys”R”Us, Universal Wireless, Walgreen’s, Walmart, Wendy’s, Wickes Furniture, Wingstop and Wireless Vision;
  • 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, Mayfair Lumber, 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, Clearwire, FiberNet Equal Access, Motorola, Nextel, Pinnacle Towers, Qwest Communications, Sprint Spectrum, U.S. Cellular and U.S. West;
  • 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, City of Chicago 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 850+ lawyer firm.  Lead counsel in wide variety of real estate and corporate transactions, including:

  • Office, industrial, retail and residential acquisition, land use, development, construction, exchange, financing, leasing and sale transactions including on behalf of AEG, Baker Development, Belle Realty, Bonnie Investment Group, Bradford Property Corporation, General Growth, Great Lakes REIT, IndCor/Blackstone, International Property Developers, Kaufman & Jacobs, Klaff Realty, Lurie Investments, MDC, Inc., Monroe Investment Partners, New Channels Realty, Next Realty, Pine Tree Commercial Realty, Podolsky|Circle, Shorenstein, Taris Real Estate, U. S. Bankruptcy Trustee and Walton Street Capital;
  • Leasing, acquisition, land use, disposition, development, construction, exchange and finance transactions on behalf of “non-real estate” businesses generally, including on behalf of Agrow Fresh, Akzo Nobel, American Classic Voyages, Bake Line Group, BPI Group, BuckleySandler, Chicago Historical Society, C. H. Robinson, Edelman, DS America, Environmental Resources Management, Environmental Systems Design, Equinix, European Imports, Flender, Flexi-Mat, Freeosk, Friend Family Health Centers, Gerdau Ameristeel, GlobalChoice Healthcare, Grayhill, Greenwood Associates, Hassett Air Express, Hedge Fund Research, Heitman, Hudson Manufacturing, International Flavors & Fragrances, Kemper Sports, KVH Industries, Middleby, Motorola, NanoInk, National University of Health Sciences, Orica Nitrogen, Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago, Palm Beach Newspapers, Pennant Foods, Preferred Freezer, Prospect Capital, Recycled Paper Greetings, Ross Dixon & Bell, Runge Paper, Service Corp. Int’l, S-K Hand Tool, Sonora Produce, Stack-On, Sternberg Lanterns, Strive Group, Technical Ordnance, Tellabs, Ubiquity Brands / Jays Foods, Victory Park Capital, Warady & Davis, Welsh & Katz and Z Frank;
  • Acquisition, development, construction, financing and leasing transactions on behalf of retail developers and property managers including deals with Ashley Furniture, Athletico, Barnes & Noble, Baskin Robbins, Bay Furniture, Blockbuster, Boost Mobile, Bubbleland, Burger King, Chicago Home Fitness, Chili’s, Circuit City, Cold Stone Creamery, Dairy Queen, Donut King, Dunkin Donuts, Enterprise Leasing, GNC, Great Escape, Helzberg Diamonds, HomeTown Buffet, Jakes Wayback Burgers, JoAnn Fabrics, KFC/Pizza Hut Express, K Mart, Little Caesar’s, Loehmann’s, Max & Erma’s, Murphy Oil, Nobel Learning Centers, OfficeMax, Potbelly, Red Lobster, Rockbottom Brewery, Saffire Vapor, Sally Beauty, 7-Eleven, Subway, Supercuts, Sweet Tomatoes, Taco Bell, Toys”R”Us, Universal Wireless, Walgreen’s, Walmart, Wendy’s, Wickes Furniture, Wingstop and Wireless Vision;
  • 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, Mayfair Lumber, 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, Clearwire, FiberNet Equal Access, Motorola, Nextel, Pinnacle Towers, Qwest Communications, Sprint Spectrum, U.S. Cellular and U.S. West;
  • 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, City of Chicago 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 Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, Illinois (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)
    Student Extern, United States Attorney, Northern District of Illinois (9/86-12/86)
  • A.B., University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (1984)
    Four Year Honors Program
    Dean’s List

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Arizona

Courts

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

Other Admissions

  • Licensed individually as a Real Estate Broker in 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)

Publications / Presentations

Memberships/Affiliations

  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law – Law School Board Member (2010 - present); Fund Board of Directors - Chairman (2008 – 2010); John Henry Wigmore Club Chairman (2006 – 2008); and Member (2003 - 2011)
  • The Standard Club - Board of Directors, Secretary and By-Laws Committee Chairman (2006 - 2014)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) (1990 - present)
  • International Association of Attorneys and Executives In Corporate Real Estate (AECRE) (2002 - 2014)
  • Chicago Bar Association   Real Property Committee (1989 - present)

Professional Recognition Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell – Peer Review Rated “AV” (highest available)
  • Law Bulletin Publishing Company – Peer Selected as “Leading Lawyer” for Commercial Real Estate