When you need excellent real estate and property law services, Hoogendoorn and Talbot offers deep experience as a preeminent Chicago commercial real estate law firm.  Two of our partners have taught real estate law and drafting at downtown law schools.  Our attorneys represent buyers, sellers, borrowers, lenders, and property owners. We handle matters relating to retail, office, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and residential buildings and development.

Clients seeking an attorney for a real estate transaction find Hoogendoorn and Talbot lawyers skilled with sales, purchases, exchanges, leasing, and financing. The firm’s real estate development attorneys are experienced in complex land use and zoning law issues, as well as construction and title concerns. Our partners work on a range of matters, including large, complex real estate deals within the Chicago Loop and large projects for entities such as the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Housing Authority.

Our real estate tax lawyers assist clients in selecting and setting up the most appropriate arrangements to hold or develop property, such as land trusts, partnerships, and limited liability companies. We frequently structure and complete 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, employing Starker Trusts, qualified intermediaries, reverse exchanges, parking arrangements, and other sophisticated tax strategies.

Commercial Real Estate Transactions

Hoogendoorn attorneys are adept at commercial real estate negotiation and documentation of the purchase and sale of many types of property, including office buildings, warehouses, apartments, shopping centers, and farm land. We handle contracts, due diligence, conveyance draftings, and deal closings. Our commercial real estate clients include large companies, small businesses, not-for-profits, municipal corporations, and individuals.

Both landlords and tenants rely on our transactional knowledge and experience. We negotiate leases and subleases and have substantial experience in specialized agreements such as billboard, wind farm, cell towers, and ground leases.

Hoogendoorn attorneys advocate for international, national, regional, and community banks in the documentation and enforcement of their mortgage and construction loans. We also counsel both large and small institutional lenders in their real estate-based lending matters. Our group guides lenders in negotiating and drafting commitment letters, loan agreements, notes, mortgages, pledge agreements, personal guarantees, and related loan documents.

Land Use and Zoning

Counseling clients in the Chicago metropolitan area and throughout the state of Illinois, our zoning lawyers are experienced in interacting with local governments and state agencies to smooth the way for our clients’ projects. We help them navigate every facet of approvals for variances, special use permits, subdivisions, annexations, planned developments, and economic development incentives. One partner is a former City of Chicago deputy planning commissioner for development.  Another partner is a former title officer for Chicago Title & Trust.

Construction Law

Hoogendoorn and Talbot’s robust construction practice assists owners, contractors, developers, subcontractors, architects, and engineers. We aid these clients in matters including contracts, mechanic’s liens, and construction disputes. One partner is a former deputy general counsel to the Illinois Capital Development Board, the state agency responsible for non-road construction of state-funded facilities. In addition, our construction attorneys share their expertise and experience by lecturing and publishing on many construction-related topics.