Jeffrey C. Friedman

Jeffrey C. Friedman

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (312) 876-7840

Primary Office

Chicago
161 North Clark Street
Suite 4200
Chicago, IL 60601

Jeffrey C. Friedman

Partner

Jeff Friedman is a versatile commercial real estate attorney who helps clients with acquisitions, dispositions, developments, property management and leasing in markets throughout North America. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, Jeff handles deals for developers, institutional investors and owners involving retail, office, industrial and multi-family assets, as well as mixed-use developments and cannabis industry projects. He also advises on transactions involving distressed properties and workouts, IRC Section 1031 like-kind exchanges and opportunity zone investments. His capabilities include handling sophisticated, multi-party joint ventures and negotiating agreements which are typical in such deals. He also negotiates complex land use agreements, like construction agreements, development agreements, and cross-easement and use agreements. Jeff also advises borrowers on debt and equity financing for both stabilized real estate assets and construction projects.

Experience

Real Estate Acquisitions and Sales

Jeff advised clients on the following select transactions:

A $344 million sale of a Helmut Jahn-designed one million-square-foot office building in Chicago.
The purchase, leasing and nearly $30 million sale of a Chicago office building.
A $43.5 million sale of a nine-property industrial portfolio near Cleveland.
A $164 million purchase of a seven-property multi-family apartment portfolio near Tampa.
The IRC Section 1031 like-kind exchange structuring for the sale of $500 million franchised fast food locations around the country.
Leasing Deals

Select representations in leasing deals include:

A landlord renting space to a national cannabis consumer packaged goods company and retailer for its North American headquarters in Chicago.
A landlord renting space to a health care system for its new headquarters in a mixed-use/adaptive reuse development in Milwaukee.
A landlord extending the lease for the Chicago retail space of a high-end European furniture company’s showroom.
A landlord in a lease to double a financial services company’s footprint in its existing building in Chicago.
A tenant in an office lease deal for two full floors of space in a newly constructed building in Denver’s Belleview Station, the single largest new lease in the City of Denver since the COVID-19 pandemic started in 2020.
Corporate Work

Select matters include:

Advising on tax, corporate and real estate structuring matters for a multifamily residential developer’s project located in an opportunity zone across the street from the Tulsa Driller’s baseball park near downtown.
Serving as a legal due diligence team leader for a $330 million joint venture owner of shopping centers and retail stores.

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Recognized as a Rising Star in Illinois Super Lawyers for Real Estate, 2009 to 2012

Memberships and Affiliations

Former Director, Homestead Affordable Development Corporation

Urban Land Institute

International Council of Shopping Centers

Education

J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1999

B.A., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1995
 

Bar Admissions

Illinois
Colorado

Jeff Friedman is a versatile commercial real estate attorney who helps clients with acquisitions, dispositions, developments, property management and leasing in markets throughout North America. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, Jeff handles deals for developers, institutional investors and owners involving retail, office, industrial and multi-family assets, as well as mixed-use developments and cannabis industry projects. He also advises on transactions involving distressed properties and workouts, IRC Section 1031 like-kind exchanges and opportunity zone investments. His capabilities include handling sophisticated, multi-party joint ventures and negotiating agreements which are typical in such deals. He also negotiates complex land use agreements, like construction agreements, development agreements, and cross-easement and use agreements. Jeff also advises borrowers on debt and equity financing for both stabilized real estate assets and construction projects.