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Forecast 2020: Real Estate Law

Forecast 2020: Real Estate Law

With past experience in the offices of the Illinois Attorney General and in Chicago’s Corporation Counsel, Jack George has helped to mold Chicago. Now a partner with Akerman, he is still shaping the city, though in more concrete terms, bringing zoning and legal consideration to numerous blockbuster developments.

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James P. Boyle;Crane and Norcross

Crane & Norcross expands real estate tax team

Crane and Norcross, LLC, a Chicago-based real estate tax law firms, has appointed veteran attorney James P. Boyle to serve as the firm’s managing partner. The firm has also hired prominent real estate tax attorney Thomas J. Boyle as a partner, bringing over 50 years of collective experience and the brothers’ industry-leading capabilities together for the first time.

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Effectively using letters of intent in real estate negotiations

Effectively using letters of intent in real estate negotiations

Before agreeing to a real estate sales contract or lease, the parties may prepare a letter of intent, term sheet or other form of preliminary agreement (together, called here an “LOI”). Generally, an LOI may be signed or at least initialed and reflects that the parties have agreed on certain important terms of a deal, though not on all of its provisions or details.

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Daniel Hemmer;Bridge Development Partners

Bridge Development Partners hires first-ever general counsel

Bridge Development Partners has hired Daniel Hemmer as its first general counsel. Based in Bridge’s Chicago headquarters, Hemmer will oversee all of the firm’s legal functions, including real estate transactions, corporate and litigation. He will also be responsible for managing the company’s relationships with outside counsel and assuring every area of its business is in compliance with law.

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Mary Forbes Lovett;Ulmer & Berne

Forbes Lovett elected to Ulmer & Berne's management committee

Mary Forbes Lovett, partner and chair of the Real Estate Practice Group at Cleveland-based law firm Ulmer & Berne, has been elected to the firm’s Management Committee. Lovett is one of two women serving on this seven-member committee, which is responsible for guiding the operations and strategic direction of the firm.

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Taft Center opens in Indianapolis

Taft Center opens in Indianapolis

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP recently celebrated the completion and the grand-opening of the Indianapolis Taft Center, a 5,000-square-foot conference and event center the law firm built in the first floor lobby of the Regions Tower.