People: Michael J. Merar, Associate

Michael J. Merar

Associate

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5249
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Michael Merar is a senior associate in the Real Estate Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Chicago office.  Mr. Merar has experience handling all aspects of complex commercial real estate transactions for retail, office, industrial and mixed use projects, including the acquisition, disposition, finance, leasing, management and operation of all forms of real estate assets.

Mr. Merar’s experience includes shopping center related acquisition, development, leasing, disposition and portfolio management transactions for national and international REITs, luxury retailers and restaurateurs across the U.S., including handling and structuring all aspects of ground-up development, including construction, operation and reciprocal easement agreements.  Mr. Merar has negotiated a wide variety of complex lease and sublease transactions, including flagship retail leases, headquarter lease transactions, ground leases, build-to-suit and reverse build-to-suit leases and sale-leaseback transactions for real estate owners, investors, tenants and subtenants.

Michael Merar is a senior associate in the Real Estate Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Chicago office.  Mr. Merar has experience handling all aspects of complex commercial real estate transactions for retail, office, industrial and mixed use projects, including the acquisition, disposition, finance, leasing, management and operation of all forms of real estate assets.

Mr. Merar’s experience includes shopping center related acquisition, development, leasing, disposition and portfolio management transactions for national and international REITs, luxury retailers and restaurateurs across the U.S., including handling and structuring all aspects of ground-up development, including construction, operation and reciprocal easement agreements.  Mr. Merar has negotiated a wide variety of complex lease and sublease transactions, including flagship retail leases, headquarter lease transactions, ground leases, build-to-suit and reverse build-to-suit leases and sale-leaseback transactions for real estate owners, investors, tenants and subtenants.

Education

  • J.D., Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (2011)

  • B.S., University of Illinois, cum laude (2008)

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Affiliations

  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Accolades

  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, Thomson Reuters (2017-2019)