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About Bob

Discerning and dedicated real estate counsel for institutional investors and lenders

Bob Messerly has represented some of the most preeminent institutional investors and lenders in the U.S. on real estate deals in virtually every state in the country. Advising on transactions involving all types of commercial property, including office and industrial buildings, senior housing communities, apartment complexes, hotels and mixed-use buildings, with values ranging from $1 million to $400 million, Bob concentrates on:

  • Equity investments
  • Joint ventures
  • Development
  • Real estate finance
  • Large portfolio acquisition and disposition

A practical and incisive negotiator, Bob focuses on the big picture and seeks creative ways to solve problems by communicating a client’s objectives while seeking to understand what parties on the other side of the negotiating table are trying to achieve. Then, with extensive knowledge of his client’s business, he develops legal strategies consistent with its long-term business goals.

Experience in Action

  • Advising on a variety of real estate transactions from straightforward purchases and sales to more complicated transactions involving development, joint ventures, ground leases and commercial condominiums.
  • Advising on all aspects of senior housing transactions, including acquisitions, sales, development, management agreements and licensing.
  • Advising on a range of financing transactions, including traditional real estate loans, mezzanine loans, loan restructurings and foreclosures.

Professional Recognitions

  • Crain's "Notable LGBTQ Executives" (2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America® "Lawyer of the Year" (2024: Real Estate Law)
  • Best Lawyers in America® (2015-present: Real Estate Law)
  • Law Bulletin Media "Illinois Leading Lawyer" (2007-present: Real Estate: Commercial & Finance)
  • Chambers USA® (Real Estate)
  • America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Real Estate)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers® (2006, 2009, 2012-present: Real Estate)

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