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As co-chair of the Firm's Real Estate Group, Suzanne concentrates her practice on commercial real estate and related corporate, securities and business planning matters. Her practice includes a particular emphasis on publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs).  She also has significant experience in both (a) the formation of joint ventures that combine developers and other real estate professionals with institutional financial partners and (b) commercial development, including build-to-suit projects and related financing activities. Additionally, Suzanne’s practice includes experience with Shari’ah-compliant financings, multi-jurisdictional portfolio financings, tax-deferred exchanges, leasing, acquisitions and dispositions. Suzanne also is a member of the boards of several not-for-profit organizations and works with those organizations on a pro bono basis.

In 2012, clients raved to Chambers USA that they have "the highest regard" for Suzanne. She also was selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Representative Experience

Professional Activities & Honors

  • Selected, Real Estate Law, Best Lawyers in America® (2008-2018)
  • Ranked, Illinois Real Estate, Chambers USA (2008-2017)
  • Selected, Illinois Super Lawyers (2007-2018)
  • Selected, Leading Lawyers Network (2004-2016)
    • Top Ten Women: Real Estate (2015-2016)
    • Real Estate Law: Commercial
    • Real Estate Law: Finance
    • Top 100 Women Business Lawyers, Women's Edition (2012)
  • Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL)
  • Instructor, Advanced Real Estate Transactions, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (2001-2008)



University of Illinois Law School, J.D., 1980

North Central College, B.A., cum laude, 1977

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois

Representative Clients

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