Brett concentrates his practice on commercial real estate transactions and general corporate matters. Brett's real estate practice contains significant involvement with publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs), investment advisors, and institutional lenders. His practice places particular emphasis on the acquisition, development and disposition of office, industrial, retail, and multi-family assets, sale-leaseback transactions, tax-free exchanges, build-to-suit projects, leasing of commercial projects and the formation of joint ventures.
Serve as outside counsel in connection with real estate acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, financing transactions and asset management matters.
Counsel with respect to the U.S. operations of Sonova Holding AG, an international provider of hearing instruments. Represent the client in various areas of the law, including corporate, litigation and employment matters.
Serve as outside counsel to First Industrial in connection with its real estate acquisition, disposition and leasing matters.
Represent various financial institutions with respect to strategizing, negotiating and documenting the restructuring of troubled real estate loans.
Serve as outside counsel to Westcore Properties in connection with its real estate acquisition and disposition transactions.
Professional & Community Activities
- Selected, Leading Lawyers Network (2017-2018)
- Selected, Illinois Rising Stars, Super Lawyers (2010-2014)
- Order of the Coif
- Phi Beta Kappa
Articles & Publications
- "The Court Upholds a State Law Prohibiting Physician-Assisted Suicide,"Spring 1998 – Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
- December 18, 2017 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release
- January 2012
- January 2011
- January 2010 – Law & Politics Magazine
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1999
University of Michigan, B.A., with high distinction, 1995
Bar & Court Admissions
- State of Illinois
- American Realty Advisors
- Bank of America
- First Industrial Realty Trust
- Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC (PIMCO)
- Westcore Properties