Strategic Leasing Law Group is a law firm dedicated to commercial leasing and related matters.
 

Specializing in Commercial Leasing

Strategic Leasing Law Group combines legal acumen and an extensive knowledge of leasing with a practical, balanced approach to allocating risk and negotiating leases. We work collaboratively with our clients and the other side, establishing solid foundations for successful, long-term landlord tenant relationships.

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Strategic Leasing Law Group, LLP

10 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 1830
Chicago, IL 60606

Phone 312.651.6451

Fax 312.651.6492

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Our team of highly experienced leasing lawyers focuses primarily on commercial leasing and related matters. This specialization allows us to provide high quality, cost effective leasing work, while meeting the stringent timing requirements of leasing transactions.  Click on "Read more" below each biography for direct contact information.

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Ellen B. Friedler

Founding Partner/Managing Partner

For more than 30 years, Ellen has focused on retail and office leasing and related matters, representing landlords and tenants. She has extensive experience representing landlords with national lease portfolios, national retail tenants and office tenants.   Read more>

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(312) 651-6460
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Ellen B. Friedler

Founding Partner/Managing Partner

Ellen B. Friedler concentrates her practice on commercial leasing transactions and related property management matters. For more than 30 years, she has focused on retail and office leasing and related matters, representing landlords and tenants. Ellen has extensive experience representing landlords with national lease portfolios, national retail tenants and office tenants. She has worked on major leasing transactions involving regional shopping centers, life-style centers, office buildings and mixed-use properties.

Ellen has developed significant relationships within the commercial leasing community on both the legal and business sides. These relationships allow her to assist her clients in establishing and maintaining positive landlord/tenant relationships throughout the leasing process and beyond. Ellen has also developed an extensive catalog of leasing forms and language that permits the commercial leasing group to streamline the lease negotiation and drafting process. She is also a contributing author to a lease negotiation handbook and has been a frequent speaker at retail industry events, including ICSC and PLI.

Prior to founding Strategic Leasing Law Group, Ellen was a Partner at Neal Gerber Eisenberg and the chair of the commercial leasing practice group, where she focused on commercial leasing transactions, as well as assembling and training a group of highly experienced legal professionals in the commercial leasing specialty. Ellen was also a Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of Rosenberg & Liebentritt, P.C., where she was the head of the firm’s retail leasing and telecommunications practices. Rosenberg & Liebentritt served as in-house lawyers for Sam Zell and various enterprises in which Mr. Zell had an interest. Prior to joining Rosenberg in 1990, she worked at Metropolitan Structures, a national office building developer, where she was a co-head of the office leasing group. Before Metropolitan Structures, she worked at Mayer, Brown & Platt, where she had a general commercial real estate practice.

Ellen is AV Peer Review Rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings in both legal ability and ethical standards. She has also been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in Real Estate Law.

Education: Harvard Law School (J.D., 1983), University of Wisconsin – Madison (B.A., 1980)

Bar Admissions: Illinois, 1983.

Susanna M. Brown

Susanna M. Brown

Senior Counsel

Susanna provides advice and counsel to both landlords and tenants in retail, office and industrial leasing transactions in all types of commercial and industrial developments across the country. She has been in practice for more than 20 years.   Read more>

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(312) 651-6435
Susanna M. Brown

Susanna M. Brown

Senior Counsel

Susanna provides advice and counsel to both landlords and tenants in retail, office and industrial leasing transactions in all types of commercial and industrial developments across the country. She has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Prior to joining Strategic Leasing Law Group, Susanna worked both in-house and in private practice. She worked at the law firm of Neal Gerber Eisenberg immediately prior to joining Strategic Leasing Law Group and before that spent 13 years working for McDonald’s Corporation handling all aspects of real estate and construction issues related to new, existing and former restaurants.

Susanna also worked on commercial leasing and other general real estate matters at Shefsky & Froelich Ltd. for more than five years. During that time, she counseled clients regarding all aspects of commercial real estate development, and she also negotiated retail, office and industrial leases, ancillary easement and development agreements and financing documents for commercial real estate clients.

She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and Illinois Bar Association.

Education: The Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., 1991), Kenyon College (B.A., 1988)

Bar Admissions: Illinois.

Sarah B. Livingstone

Sarah B. Livingstone

Director of Lease Administration

Sarah has over 27 years of experience in the drafting and negotiating of retail and office leases and related documents for national and regional clients.   Read more>

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(312) 651-6425
Sarah B. Livingstone

Sarah B. Livingstone

Director of Lease Administration

Sarah has over 27 years of experience in the drafting and negotiating of retail and office leases and related documents for national and regional shopping centers and mixed-use projects across the country. Sarah has successfully negotiated numerous leases and related documents with national tenants such as The Gap, Hot Topic, Banana Republic, The Limited, Ann Taylor and hallmark. Her broad range of experience and extensive knowledge of retail and office leases allows her to navigate and successfully conclude even the most challenging leasing transactions.

Prior to joining Strategic Leasing Law Group, Sarah worked as a paralegal in the leasing group at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP and Rosenberg & Liebentritt, P.C. Sarah’s law firm experience included paralegal positions at the Chicago offices of Shefsky & Froelich, Ltd. And Arvey, Hodes, Costello & Burman. Sarah received a paralegal certificate in 1980 from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Glen R. Cornblath

Glen R. Cornblath

Founding Partner

Working on his first headquarters lease almost 30 years ago, Glen has wide-ranging experience finding solutions for landlords and tenant, successfully completing office, retail and industrial leases across the country.   Read more>

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(312) 651-6424
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Glen R. Cornblath

Founding Partner

Serving as a valued adviser, Glen provides his clients with legal advice that not only contributes to overcoming business challenges and increasing profitability but also aligns with larger business goals.

Over the last 30 years, Glen has developed significant experience in commercial leasing for retail, office, industrial, single-user and mixed-use properties nationwide. Representing both landlords and tenants gives Glen the perspective to generate solutions for clients and to create constructive, ongoing relationships between the parties.

When not advocating for his clients, Glen can be found participating in industry groups and educational programs related to his practice. He has led round table discussions at ICSC Law Conferences, spoken at leasing conferences and also wrote a column entitled “Creative Solutions” for ICSC’s Retail Law Strategist. In addition, he taught Real Estate Drafting as Adjunct Professor at IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law from 1995-2000. Glen is rated AV Preeminent by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. For many years, Glen has been identified by the Leading Lawyers Network as a “Leading Lawyer” in Real Estate and by Illinois Super Lawyers as a “Super Lawyer” in Real Estate. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in Real Estate Law.

Before founding Strategic Leasing Law Group, Glen was Senior Counsel at Neal Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP. He was a partner at Krasnow Saunders Cornblath Kaplan & Beninati, LLP in Chicago, and prior to that, at Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd. (now Reed Smith). He began his practice in commercial real estate at Mayer, Brown & Platt.

Education: University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1983), cum laude, Order of the Coif. Northwestern University (B.A., 1980), with distinction.

Bar Admissions: Illinois.

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Mary Kay McCreery

Senior Counsel

Mary Kay focuses her practice on all areas of commercial real estate law with a focus on shopping center development and retail leasing.   Read more>

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(312) 651-6373
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Mary Kay McCreery

Senior Counsel

Mary Kay focuses her practice on all areas of commercial real estate law with a focus on shopping center development and retail leasing. She has extensive experience in leasing (both retail and office) as well as in real estate acquisitions, dispositions and development transactions. Mary Kay has broad experience drafting leases, REAs, purchase and sale agreements and other real estate agreements in connection with the development and redevelopment of enclosed, lifestyle and open air shopping centers located around the country.

Education: University of Notre Dame (J.D., magna cum laude, 1999), Marquette University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1996)

Bar Admissions: Illinois

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Dylan Lower

Paralegal

Dylan has significant experience negotiating and drafting retail leases, lease amendments, assignment agreements, relocation agreements, lease terminations and related documents.   Read more>

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Dylan Lower

Paralegal

Dylan has significant experience negotiating and drafting retail leases, lease amendments, assignment agreements, relocation agreements, lease terminations and related documents. In addition to his leasing work, Dylan also has assisted in commercial and residential real estate closings where his duties included reviewing title commitments, plats of survey, coordinating 1031 exchanges and generating and reviewing closing documents.

Prior to joining Strategic Leasing Law Group, LLP, Dylan worked as a paralegal at Pircher, Nicholas & Meeks where he focused his work in the area of commercial leasing transactions.

Dylan received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from DePaul University in 2000.

Wendy L. Bendersky

Wendy L. Bendersky

Founding Partner

Wendy has over 22 years of experience as a real estate attorney and exclusively focuses on commercial leasing transactions, representing both landlords and tenants in the drafting and negotiation of retail, office and industrial leases and related documents.   Read more>

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Wendy L. Bendersky

Founding Partner

Wendy is a seasoned real estate attorney focusing exclusively on commercial leasing transactions. She represents both landlords and tenants in the drafting and negotiation of retail, office and industrial leases and related documents, such as lease guaranties, SNDAs, amendments and assignment agreements, for space in regional shopping centers, lifestyle centers, and mixed-used projects across the country. During her 22 years of practice, Wendy has developed significant relationships with many national retail tenants and their counsel which allows her to efficiently and effectively conclude lease transactions on behalf of landlords. However, her work on behalf of both landlords and tenants allows her to navigate both sides of any lease transaction to a successful conclusion for all parties involved.

Wendy is consistently able to finalize lease transactions while maintaining strong relationships with her clients and her counterparts. She has successfully completed leases on behalf of landlords with the following tenants: CVS, Men’s Wearhouse, Barnes & Noble, The Container Store, Trader Joe’s, Z Gallerie, lululemon athletica, True Foods Kitchen, Kiko Milano, Pinkberry, Five Below and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. She also successfully represents several national big box tenants in the preparation and negotiation of their leases and related documents for space across the country.

Before founding Strategic Leasing Law Group, Wendy was a partner at Neal, Gerber Eisenberg in the Commercial Leasing Group representing both landlords and tenants in a wide variety of leasing transactions for properties across the country. Wendy began her career as a general real estate attorney practicing in San Francisco, California, most recently with Coblentz, Patch, Duffy and Bass.

Education: George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1993), Northwestern University (B.A., 1989)

Bar Admissions: California, 1993. Illinois, 1999.

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Elizabeth L. Warren-Mikes

Senior Counsel

Elizabeth represents both landlords and tenants in drafting and negotiating leases for office, retail, mixed-use and other commercial properties nationwide.   Read more>

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Elizabeth L. Warren-Mikes

Senior Counsel

Elizabeth represents landlords and tenants in drafting and negotiating leases and related lease documents for office, retail, mixed-use and other commercial properties nationwide.

Prior to joining Strategic Leasing Law Group, Elizabeth worked as Counsel at Neal Gerber Eisenberg where she also specialized in commercial real estate leasing and law. She was also a partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP (now Dentons US LLP) in the real estate practice group. She has represented national real estate owners and developers in major leasing projects. On behalf of tenants, she has negotiated leases for a high-end luxury tenant in numerous luxury retail shopping centers and a furniture retailer in out parcel development projects. By representing both landlords and tenants, she has the necessary perspective to effectively negotiate leases while maintaining a positive relationship between the parties. During her 9 years of general real estate practice, Elizabeth handled a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions and related financing matters with an emphasis on leasing, development, and multi-state portfolio projects.

While in law school, Elizabeth was Coordinating Note and Comment Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.

She also served as a law clerk for the Hon. John D. Butzner, Jr. from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 1999-2000.

Education: Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1999), cum laude. University of North Carolina (B.S., 1991), with distinction.

Bar Admissions: Illinois

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Dina A. Bradford

Partner

Dina is a commercial real estate attorney who primarily focuses on commercial leasing. Dina has extensive experience in the representation of both landlords and tenants in all facets of commercial leasing, including retail, restaurant, office and industrial leasing and subleasing.   Read more>

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(312) 635-2193
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Dina A. Bradford

Partner

Dina is a commercial real estate attorney who primarily focuses on commercial leasing. Dina has extensive experience in the representation of both landlords and tenants in all facets of commercial leasing, including retail, restaurant, office and industrial leasing and subleasing. By having experience representing both landlords and tenants in commercial leasing all across the United States, Dina has developed a deep and broad understanding of both the tenant and landlord leasing perspective. Dina’s depth and breadth of experience in commercial leasing enables Dina to expedite and facilitate the lease negotiation process and, at the same time, produce a lease that meets the client’s objectives.

Dina has been in practice for more than 14 years.  In addition to commercial leasing, Dina has also represented both sellers and purchasers in connection with the acquisition and disposition of retail, office, industrial, mixed-use and vacant real estate; owners of real estate with respect to the development and operation of such real estate; and both lenders and borrowers in commercial finance transactions.

Prior to joining Strategic Leasing Law Group, LLP, Dina was a partner at Krasnow Saunders Kaplan & Beninati, LLP and a real estate associate at Sidley Austin LLP. Dina has been named a “Rising Star” (Real Estate) by Illinois Super Lawyers® from 2014 to present.

Education: Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2000), Northwestern University (B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, 1997)

Bar Admissions: Illinois

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Stacy L. Johnson

Associate

Stacy represents clients on their commercial leasing matters, including drafting and negotiating retail and office leases. She has also closed commercial and residential real estate sales and acquisitions, as well as major loan transactions.   Read more>

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(312) 697-1003
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Stacy L. Johnson

Associate

Stacy represents clients on their commercial leasing matters, including drafting and negotiating retail and office leases. She has also closed commercial and residential real estate sales and acquisitions, as well as major loan transactions.

In addition to her nearly decade of law firm experience, Stacy has worked for more than 10 years in legal management roles in the leasing department of one of the largest commercial real estate firms in the nation. Her experience helps her clients minimize risk and improve efficiency and consistency on their leasing transactions.

Education: Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1986), Indiana University, Bloomington (B.A., 1983)

Bar Admissions: Illinois.

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