Real Estate


Representative Matters

Our lawyers have in-depth experience in virtually every type of real estate transaction. We represent developers, owners, purchasers, lessors, lessees, and brokers in transactions involving office and industrial buildings, shopping centers, railroad properties, and other commercial and manufacturing complexes. Butler Rubin has the experience necessary to provide the creative and practical advice needed for complex real estate transactions:

Real Estate Transactions

Our real estate attorneys regularly advise clients on matters such as:

  • Purchasing, selling, optioning and leasing commercial and industrial properties
  • Negotiating construction contracts
  • Reviewing title, environmental and other property conditions of real estate acquired as part of corporate acquisitions
  • Real Estate Financing

Butler Rubin assists clients with:

  • Structuring agreements with lenders, including mortgage loan agreements and construction loan agreements
  • Structuring installment sales and tax-deferred exchanges
  • Arranging bond financing for real estate acquisition, construction, or rehabilitation, including tax-exempt financing and government-subsidized housing projects
  • Restructuring ownership and lending relationships for economically distressed projects
  • Structuring ownership entities

Real Estate Litigation

Butler Rubin represents clients in enforcing and defending claims such as:

  • Mortgage foreclosures
  • Mechanic’s lien claims
  • Title insurance coverage
  • Lease and other contract disputes

Attorneys in Butler Rubin’s Real Estate practice group have:

Represented Brookdale Living Communities in landmark litigation interpreting the application of Illinois law to senior care facilities.

Represented Wallace Computer Services, Inc. in acquisition and leasing of its 2-building headquarters, as well as the sale-leaseback of the company’s former headquarters to a REIT.

Represented Illinois Central Railroad in negotiations over air and land rights in connection with the expansion of McCormick Place.

Represented Illinois Central Railroad in purchases and sales of in-state and out-of-state railroad intermodal terminals.

Represented Naperville Jeep-Eagle, Inc. in the subdivision, annexation and PUD of its automobile dealerships in a suburb of Chicago.

Represented The Northern Trust Company in work-out refinancings.

Represented Grand Trunk Western Railroad in the acquisition of 25 properties to form storage and transport facilities for a GM plant in Lansing, Michigan.