Mayer Brown LLP

Real Estate Department

Illinois
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What the team is known for Quality practice noted for its ability to handle a wide range of domestic and cross-border real estate transactions, covering acquisitions, dispositions, and financings. Advises a broad spectrum of public and private companies, REITs, private equity firms and joint venture clients on high-value matters. Expertise covers assets such as office building, student housing and industrial properties.

Strengths One client comments: "Its strength is depth, it has people that have experience with virtually every type of transaction."

"I am more confident heading into a negotiation or a deal closing knowing it is representing our interests," reports another source, adding: "It edges the competition with its level of knowledge and skill."

Another interviewee calls it "a very thorough and capable team that brings expertise across many different sectors."

Notable practitioners


Heather Adkerson
regularly works with institutional investors and asset managers on investments and joint ventures, as well as the sale and acquisition of real estate assets. One client says: "She excels at difficult negotiations and is articulate and knowledgeable, with the ability to distill complicated concepts into a more easily understood format."


Jeffrey Usow
offers a strong practice representing REITs and other real estate investors with financings, sales and acquisitions. An impressed source comments: "He is a thoughtful, intelligent and very detail-oriented lawyer."


Paul Meyer
stands out for his work advising REITs and asset managers on real estate transactions throughout the US. Clients say: "He is an innovative thinker who constantly impresses with his ability to come up with creative solutions to complex issues."