Bernard J. Kearney, III, Partner


Bernard J. Kearney III practices business law in the area of real estate, serving clients in all aspects of real estate law but with an emphasis in commercial land development, investment, construction, and leasing.

Recent Experience

  • Private Equity Real Estate - Serving as principal counsel for multiple private equity real estate funds in connection with the acquisition of over $300 million of assets in the Midwest region. Representation includes directing all legal aspects of asset acquisition, private placement offerings to investors, financing, developing, and leasing.
  • Corporate Real Estate Portfolio Management - Serving as principal real estate counsel for the ongoing representation of an international manufacturing client in connection with all legal aspects of its corporate real estate portfolio in excess of 50,000,000 square feet of space.
  • HUD Lending - Serving as borrower’s counsel for over $650 million of HUD loans for the owner of 100+ skilled nursing facilities.
  • Partnership and Joint Ventures - Negotiating and drafting complex limited liability company operating agreements and partnership agreements for real estate ventures, including representing sponsors/developers in partnerships with institutional investors.
  • Development/Construction - Representing owners/developers in all aspects of construction and development of multi-family and mixed use facilities, including entitlement work, TIF negotiation, and construction agreements.
  • Sale/Leaseback Transactions - Representing owners/investors as well as sellers/tenants in all aspects of sale leaseback transactions including purchase, leasing, institutional financing, and build-to- suit leases.
  • REIT Portfolio Management - Representing a publicly traded REIT in connection with acquisitions, financing, and the disposition of a $200+ million multi asset portfolio.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Certificate, Quarles & Brady Leadership Program (2016)
  • University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2002)
  • University of Texas (M.A., 2002)
    • Major: Philosophy
  • Marquette University (M.A., 1997)
    • Major: Political Science
  • Marquette University (B.A., 1995)

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Wisconsin Bar Association (Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (Real Estate Law, 2012–present)
  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars Editions (Real Estate Law, 2006–2010)
  • Chambers USA®, Real Estate, 2022
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