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Mr. Peters is a partner in the Real Estate and Land Use practice group and also focuses on municipal bond work.
Mr. Peters is a founder of Freeborn & Peters. For most of his legal career he has engaged in a commercial real estate practice and has more than 30 years experience representing parties to real estate transactions. His practice is focused on acquisitions and dispositions, real estate based financings and leasing. His clients include developers, lenders, investors and corporate owners and lessees of office, industrial and retail properties. He also has a background in transactions involving specialized real estate interests such as mineral estates and railroad rights of way. He also frequently works closely with lawyers in the firm's Business Law Services Group representing clients in mergers, acquisitions and dispositions where significant real estate assets are involved.
Mr. Peters is also active in real estate professional societies and in legal education pertaining to real estate and provides pro bono representation to charitable organizations in the Chicago metropolitan area with needs in areas of real estate, project finance and corporate governance.
Notable Cases and Results:
Counsel for the developer of a regional shopping mall in connection with $32 million of first and second lien construction financing.
Counsel to a private real estate lender in connection with a $13 million loan for the construction of a hotel and the subsequent refinancing of the construction loan with industrial revenue bonds.
Counsel to the owner of a large suburban shopping center in connection with the acquisition from a party operating in bankruptcy of a key parcel required for the redevelopment of the center.
Pro bono counsel to a church in connection with the assembly of a development site in Chicago and the financing and construction contracts for development of a church building and community center.
Counsel to three different corporate tenants is negotiating leases for significant office space in downtown Chicago buildings
Year of Birth: 1943
Law School: The John Marshall Law School,J.D., 1972
Law School Honors/Involvement: With highest honors; graduated first in his class; editor-in-chief of The John Marshall Journal of Practice and Procedure (now known as The John Marshall Law Review)
Undergraduate School: Brown University, B.A., 1965
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association, where he is a member of the Section of Business Law
Member, The Economic Club of Chicago
Member, Ely Chapter, Lambda Alpha International
Member, The John Marshall Law School's Board of Trustees
Former member, The John Marshall Law School Adjunct Faculty
Former instructor, Continuing Legal Education programs pertaining to real estate
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