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About Douglas

Successfully resolving complex real estate issues 

Douglas Buck is a real estate, business law and finance attorney. He counsels organizations, institutions and individuals on the real estate, corporate and financial aspects of their businesses. With more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, Doug focuses on:

  • Real estate development
  • Real estate financing
  • Investment fund formation and joint ventures
  • Public-private partnerships

Clients turn to Doug for solutions to their most complex real estate and real estate finance challenges. They know he brings not only deep knowledge of the law and real estate industry, but extensive experience navigating transactions of all types and developing strategies that take account of their long-term business objectives.

Doug is Wisconsin chair of the Real Estate Practice Group.

Experience in Action

  • Advising sponsors and equity investors in the formation of new investment funds and joint ventures, including opportunity zone funds.
  • Counseling lenders and borrowers on all forms of financings, from construction and mezzanine loans to lines of credit for acquisitions and operations.
  • Representing companies and developers in build-to-suit and ground lease real estate projects.
  • Structuring purchases, sales and tenant-in-common syndications for investors seeking tax deferral under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Representing municipalities and developers in zoning matters, entitlements and governmental incentives, including tax increment financing, state job tax credits and low-income housing tax credits.


  • Represented a municipality in the redevelopment of a downtown mall, including TIF financing and the municipality's purchase of a recently vacant retail building leased under a 99-year ground lease.
  • Represented an insurance company in the subdivision, zoning and sale of a large parcel of land for the construction of a 200,000-square-foot lab/production facility.
  • Represented a developer in connection with the acquisition of over 150 acres of vacant land for residential and mixed-use development, including raising of equity and negotiation of the debt for the project. This project also involved the annexation and rezoning of the property.
  • Represented a national lender in leasing branch locations throughout the United States.
  • Represented a private equity group in the termination of a lease for a 300,000-square-foot warehouse/manufacturing facility in Ohio and simultaneous negotiation of a new lease. The transaction also involved complex income tax issues related to the termination fee and the tenant improvements.
  • Represented two large institutions in their liquidation of over $1 billion dollars of office and multi-family properties located throughout the United States.

Professional Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America® "Lawyer of the Year" (2021: Real Estate Law)
  • Chambers USA® (2017–present: Real Estate)
  • Best Lawyers in America® (2012–present)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers® (2006–2008)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated BV Distinguished™

Professional & Civic Activities

  • “Advanced Real Estate Transactions," University of Wisconsin Law School, adjunct professor

  • Wisconsin State Bar board of governors (2013-2017)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers, member, Wisconsin Government Relations Committee, member
  • Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association, associate member
  • American Bar Association, Real Estate Section, member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, member
  • Michigan State Bar Association, member
  • Taliesin Preservation Inc., which oversees the public's access to Frank Lloyd Wright's home in Spring Green, Wis., board of directors 
  • Madison Region Economic Partnership, board of directors (2020-2023)

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