Robert F. Messerly, Partner


Robert Messerly is a member of the firm's Real Estate Practice Group, concentrating in the areas of large portfolio acquisition and disposition, equity investments, and real estate finance.

He has represented some of the country's preeminent institutional real estate investors and lenders.

Mr. 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. Those transactions have ranged from $1,000,000 to $400,000,000 and have ranged in complexity from straightforward purchase/sale transactions to more complicated transactions involving ground leases and commercial condominiums.

In addition to his experience in equity transactions, Mr. Messerly has experience with various financing transactions. He not only has worked on traditional real estate loans, but has experience working on mezzanine loans, loan restructurings, and foreclosures.

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Education and Honors

  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Certificate, Quarles & Brady Leadership Program (2018)
  • Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1987)
  • Xavier University (B.A., 1984)
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Professional Recognition

  • Crain's 2020 Notable LGBTQ Executives
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law, 2015–present
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer - Law Bulletin Media, Real Estate: Commercial & Finance, 2017-present
  • Chambers USA®, Real Estate
  • America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Real Estate
  • Illinois Super Lawyers®, Real Estate, 2006, 2009, 2012-present
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