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Julie's practice encompasses a broad range of commercial real estate matters, including development, leasing, financings, property sales and acquisitions, and joint ventures. She has substantial experience in real estate development, including build-to-suit transactions and design and construction-related contracts. Julie has significant experience in negotiating and documenting commercial office, industrial, and retail leases. She also has worked extensively in the area of commercial real estate financing, including secured loans, work-outs, and restructurings.

Representative Matters

  • Primary counsel to publicly traded REIT in connection with acquisition, development and build-to-suit lease of industrial properties in locations across the U.S.
  • Primary counsel to real estate developer and contractor in connection with design/build agreements, joint venture arrangements and construction and permanent loan financing.
  • Represented foreign owner in negotiation and preparation of design agreement with world-renowned architect for design of a museum in Paris, France.
  • Represented agent lender in connection with syndicated loan facility to publicly traded company and subsidiaries.
  • Represented borrower in connection with equity investment and construction loan for office properties.
  • Represented lender in negotiation and preparation of pre-workout agreement and restructuring relating to multi-million dollar loans to multiple-site owner.
  • Represented developer in preparation of template design and construction documents for multi-state design/build and construction projects.
  • Primary counsel to design/build developer and contractor in connection with negotiation and preparation of design/build and construction documents.

Activities & Honors

  • Selected, The Best Lawyers in America© (2020-2023)
    • Real Estate Law
  • Selected, Leading Lawyers Network (2017-2023)
    • Top 100 Leading Women Real Estate-Related Lawyers (2018-2019)
  • Advisory Board, EDSTAR, Inc.
  • General Trustee, Knox College Board of Trustees
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Executive Editor, Northwestern University Law Review (1985-1986)
  • Phi Beta Kappa



Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 1986

Knox College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1983

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
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