Real Estate Highlights

  • Lead general counsel for a privately held, national industrial warehouse development and acquisition firm, worth in excess of $500 Million Dollars.
  • Lead counsel on the purchase and leasing of over $250 Million Dollars in new industrial developments and acquisitions for said privately held firm from 2012 – 2014.
  • Represented local developer and real estate entrepreneur with the relocation of an auto dealership to new property that is subject to complex, long term ground leases. Such representation included assistance with city incentives, and subdivision requirements.
  • Assisted with the redevelopment of a new commercial shopping center in the Champaign market. Services included the formation and negotiation of a new LLC, real estate purchase agreements, city incentives and subdivision requirements, and the drafting and negotiation of complicated covenants, conditions and restrictions.
  • Negotiated and drafted the documentation for the expansion of an existing manufacturing plant in the Champaign area. Services included representation on the additional land purchase, city subdivision requirements, annexation issues, and leasing.
  • Lead counsel on the purchase, leasing, financing and redevelopment of a 30+ acre tract in the Champaign area for the construction of a brand new 700,000 + square foot warehouse facility for one of Champaign’s largest employers and businesses.
  • Lead counsel on the development of a student housing project in Peoria, IL. Services included assistance with the assembly and purchase of residential real estate, title / survey issues, and leasing.
  • Represented a client on the successful purchase, redevelopment and leasing of a commercial shopping center in Peoria, Illinois, with leases to national, investment grade tenants. Obstacles worked through included complicated access easements and title / survey issues, and protracted lease negotiations.
  • Assisted multiple farm clients over the last several years with successful auctions of hundreds of acres local farmland, with prices typically in excess of $10,000 per acre.

Estate Planning and Administration Highlights

  • Since 2011, sophisticated estate planning for over a dozen local, high net worth families. Such services included the recapitalization of controlling and non-controlling business interests, trusts, insurance and GST planning.
  • In 2013 we served as lead counsel on the administration of a complex estate which included numerous business interests. Services included the preparation and filing of a voluminous 706 Estate Tax Return within 9 months of date of death that was approved by the IRS with no audit.

Corporate Transaction Highlights

  • Assisted local insurance company with the purchase of several local insurance agencies.
  • Represented a buyer in the purchase of the assets of a local furniture company.
  • Formed, drafted and negotiated documentation for new LLC’s and partnerships owning and investing in various commercial endeavors in the Champaign / Urbana community.
  • Provided legal services for the refinance of an out of state commercial building leased to a national drug store.
  • As part of an estate administration matter, we are assisting in the liquidation of a company’s assets.
  • Formed, drafted and negotiated organizational documentation for a new student housing development LLC in Peoria, IL, which included the negotiation of private offering documentation for the solicitation of investment funds from accredited investors under Regulation D of the Federal Securities laws.
  • Represented the buyer of a local title insurance company.
  • Assisted and prepared documentation for a sibling’s buy out of the interests in an LLC that owned farmland inherited from their parents.

Commercial Litigation Highlights

  • 6 year long litigation resulting in the settlement of nearly all a concrete contractor’s mechanic’s lien claim on a hotel in Lincoln, IL.
  • Successfully defended a farm client against a conspiracy claim to interfere with 3rd party business relations.
  • Lead counsel on the successful collection of over 75% of an obligation owed by guarantors under a commercial lease.