Legal Midwest

Husch Blackwell launches construction academy

Husch Blackwell has launched a comprehensive, industry-based knowledge center, Construction Academy, that seeks to foster learning, create interactions and build value for its participants. The industry-focused law firm is responsible for the programming and administration of the academy, which aims to include diverse voices and stakeholders including business leaders from the construction, design, engineering, development and project funding fields, as well as trade associations, universities, and policymakers.

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The Chicago offices for a law firm that was designed by Nelson and built by Skender.

Five must-dos when designing a law firm workplace

Law firms are placing ever-increasing importance on thoughtful workplace design to attract and retain top talent, making every office build-out or renovation a critical opportunity to win the talent war. With millennials expected to comprise 75 percent of the workforce by 2030, law firm design trends are being driven by an evolving culture that prioritizes individual workplace experiences, health and well-being and ubiquitous technology.

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Marc A. Benjamin;Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland opens Chicago office

New York-based Eversheds Sutherland announced the opening of a Chicago office, set to be housed at 900 N. Michigan Avenue. The office will be led by Marc A. Benjamin, a veteran real estate lawyer, as well as real estate attorney Susan V. Kai and litigator Robert D. Owen, a partner with Eversheds Sutherland who is relocating from New York.

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Sarah Kwon;Much Shelist

Sarah Kwon joins Much Shelist's real estate group

Much Shelist announced that Sarah Kwon has joined the firm as an associate in the real estate group. Kwon advises clients on the full range of real estate transactions, from acquisitions and dispositions to leasing, zoning and development matters. Her transactions involve retail and shopping center, office, multifamily, medical and mixed-use development property types.

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Robert Fernandez;Latham and Watkins LLP

Leading real estate partner joins Latham & Watkins in Chicago

Latham & Watkins LLP announced that Robert Fernandez has joined the firm’s Chicago office as a partner in the corporate department and member of the real estate practice. Fernandez represents clients on a range of sophisticated real estate transactions, with a particular focus on financings, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, commercial leasing and real estate development.

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Retail leases and rent payments: Timing is everything

Retail leases and rent payments: Timing is everything

Two recent client situations remind me of a critical lease issue that sometimes gets overlooked. In each situation, the tenant entered into a retail lease where rent would begin within “x” days after the execution date of the lease. Under normal circumstances, the free rent period in both leases would have been sufficient for the tenant to complete its build out. Unfortunately, both tenants ran into problems obtaining permits and/or completing construction.

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CRE Future Leaders: Joseph Scharnak

CRE Future Leaders: Joseph Scharnak

Joseph Scharnak recently joined Levenfeld Pearlstein as a partner in the firm’s community association practice group. He has extensive experience representing condominium and homeowners’ associations, real estate investors and developers and financial institutions in diverse legal matters.

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Andrew White;Winston & Strawn

Real estate lawyer Andrew White joins Winston & Strawn

Winston & Strawn LLP announced the addition of real estate finance attorney Andrew White as a partner in the firm’s Chicago office. White, who served as office practice chair at his prior firm, focuses his practice on raising private equity capital and forming joint ventures to own, operate, develop and finance a full range of property classes including office, industrial, residential, hotel and retail properties.