Real Estate Lawyers

Putting together a successful commercial real estate deal can be very complicated and usually requires the involvement of an experienced attorney. Our firm’s team of highly skilled, commercial real estate attorneys possess the background and deal-making experience to handle any real estate transaction effectively and efficiently. In fact, our clients often bring us in early in the planning and negotiation stage of a real estate deal to help strategize and develop their objectives. We then help our clients to synchronize those objectives in negotiating and drafting asset purchase and real estate agreements.

We work with many leading Illinois lending institutions, developers, institutional investors, landlords, commercial tenants, and local and national corporations in handling their real estate matters. Our team has worked to close sophisticated and significant deals throughout Illinois, but especially in and around the northern Illinois and greater Chicago area.

While we will handle residential sales, our focus and experience is in serving commercial real estate clients in the sale or purchase of shopping centers, office buildings, multifamily, franchise locations, and mixed-use buildings. Our leasing experience includes all forms of rentals from co-locating electronic data to the most sophisticated commercial leasing.

We offer clients flexible and creative solutions to difficult problems. Our real estate transactional lawyers and litigation attorneys work together as a team to offer focused, multi-disciplinary counsel for our commercial real estate clients.

While clients regularly call on us to represent them in complex local and cross-border transactions, they also turn to us for more routine matters and benefit from our experience and industry relationships.

We regularly advise key industry clients on a variety of matters, including:

  • Sale or purchase of office, retail, industrial or multifamily properties
  • Sale or purchase of land
  • Sale of bank owned real estate
  • All aspects of financing of real estate transactions
  • Builder-developers of retail, mixed-use, or residential properties
  • Complex debt restructurings, workouts and equity recapitalizations, including loan-to-own transactions;
  • Real estate private equity fund formations
  • Leasing
  • Lenders or borrowers of construction, mezzanine or term loans
  • Institutional investors in the northern Illinois or greater Chicago metropolitan area

When it comes to the sale, purchase or leasing in the Greater Chicago area and beyond, the real estate team at The Collins Law Firm has the experience and skill to close the deal to our clients’ best advantage.

Client Reviews
Shawn Collins is a very talented lawyer, as are all the attorneys on his team. I've known and worked with Shawn for more that 30 years. Not only is he a top notch technical litigator but his communication skills are second to none. If anyone I know is ever in need of an attorney, Shawn is my very first recommendation. He gives very solid advice that goes beyond the law. He is someone you can trust to tell you the truth so you are not lead astray in the complex legal world. You really can't find a better advocate. E.M.
We were incredibly satisfied with our experience with The Collins Law Firm. We worked closely with Ed Manzke and found that he had a personal touch and truly got to know us in addition to being knowledgeable and effective in his field. The caring and individual attitude helped us tremendously throughout the entire process and we always felt like our case was in safe hands. We would highly recommend The Collins Law Firm for both its stellar work and dedicated employees. M.A.
My father recommended The Collins Law Firm to me after watching Shawn Collins and Ed Manzke at trial representing Lisle residents against Lockformer. For years, he told us courtroom tales about Shawn and Ed, citing their incredible skill as trial lawyers and how they put the huge Lockformer legal team to shame. So when my son was the victim of a wrongful death, they were my first and only choice. I can't say enough to truly express how grateful I am to The Collin's Law Firm for all that they did for me and my family. This amazing team advocated for me in my darkest moments, surpassing my expectations in every way. I will be forever grateful to Shawn and Ed. K.D.
I have worked with Rob, Shawn and The Collins Law Firm team in connection with both complex business transactions and litigation over the past several years. Shawn is far and away the best business litigation attorney I have worked with. Rob has been our lead attorney on M&A and corporate restructures, and he has delivered each time, and on time. I would highly recommend Rob to get the deal done! W.D.
Rob has been our out-side General Counsel for ten years. As a business with a global presence, it is important that we have the very best legal representation. Rob and the team have guided us through litigation battles, negotiating and drafting our important business contracts, and advising us in our business strategies. He has a great team of lawyers working with him. M.F.