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Quarles & Brady Welcomes Two New Real Estate Partners to its Chicago Office

CHICAGO, ILL. - The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced the addition of Robert F. Messerly and Derek T. Neathery to the firm's Chicago office who will be bringing their national real estate practice to the firm. Both partners were previously with SNR Denton US LLP.

"Quarles & Brady has been forging ahead in growing it's real estate practice in recent years," John W. Daniels Jr., Chairman of Quarles & Brady. "Bob Messerly and Derek Neathery are two additions that the firm is fortunate enough to have attracted to broaden our real estate team and continue to achieve superior results."

"I am thrilled to join the talented real estate team at Quarles," said Messerly. "I look forward to introducing our clients to the great lawyers at Quarles and working with all of our new partners to create new opportunities for the firm."

"Given the firm's culture and expertise, I am confident that my skills will integrate well with those of my fellow colleagues, practice group and clients," said Neathery. "I am very optimistic about the promising future ahead."

"The firm is excited to bring aboard these exceptional attorneys," said Ted Yi, Co-Managing partner of the firm's Chicago Office. "They bring with them extraordinary backgrounds that highly compliment the firm's practice and the work of our current real estate attorneys."

About the Attorneys: 

Robert Messerly joins as a partner with broad experience in real estate. He concentrates in the areas of large portfolio acquisition and disposition, equity investments, and real estate finance, having represented some of the country's preeminent institutional real estate investors and lenders. Messerly's clients invest in all types of commercial property and his experience mirrors that breadth. He has worked on acquisitions and dispositions in virtually every state in the country, including transactions involving commercial office buildings, industrial buildings, apartment complexes, hotels and mixed-use buildings ranging in size and complexity. In addition to his experience in equity transactions, Messerly also has experience with various financing transactions. He has not only worked on traditional real estate loans, but also has experience working on mezzanine loans, loan restructurings, and foreclosures. He received his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and his undergraduate degree in political science from Xavier University. 

Derek Neathery also joins the firm as a partner in the real estate group. Neathery represents clients in dispositions and acquisitions involving office, retail, industrial, hotel and multi-family assets across the country. His experience in this area includes the development and sale of mixed-use projects, in which he has drafted master declarations, easement agreements and development agreements. He also regularly represents landlords and tenants in a variety of different leasing transactions. Neathery earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School and his undergraduate degree, with University Honors, from the University of Michigan.

About Quarles & Brady LLP
Quarles & Brady LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 400 attorneys practicing from offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Naples and Tampa, Fla.; Chicago, Ill; Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.; Washington, D.C.; and Shanghai, China. The firm provides an array of legal services to corporate and individual clients, which range from small entrepreneurial businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Additional information about the firm may be found at, and on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.