Joan T. Berg
Joan’s corporate and commercial real estate experience spans construction, development, land use, acquisition, disposition, lending and leasing. She works with her client’s financial and investment goals in connection with transaction matters.
One of Joan’s favorite mottos is “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Emerson.
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Joan’s corporate and commercial real estate experience spans construction, development, land use, acquisition, disposition, lending and leasing. She works with her clients’ financial and investment goals in connection with transaction matters.
Area of Legal Concentration
Her construction and development experience include industrial, manufacturing, multi-family, and single-family development in Illinois, New York, and California. She is often called upon to consult on complex air rights and title matters. Her land use knowledge adds depth to property acquisition analyses with clients. She represents her clients from land acquisition through completion of construction. Joan’s experience with tax deferred exchanges and governmental incentive programs adds benefit to our client’s acquisition and disposition transactions.
Leasing is another component of Joan’s real estate transaction experience. She regularly represents landlords and tenants in office, industrial, and retail leasing environments.
Joan represents lenders and borrowers with respect to asset-based and real estate-based financing. Recently, Joan represented a non-profit religious organization in a bond-backed real estate financing. She continues to write construction lending documents for lenders but is often representing the borrower in financing transactions.
Joan provides general corporate representation for her clients. She is counsel for her real estate developer and investor clients, as well as small and mid-sized businesses. In addition, Joan provides counsel to various non-profit and religious organizations. She provides counsel to a Christian denomination in the administration of its seminary and is currently working the seminary in the development of on-line seminary and missions programs for use both nationally and internationally. Joan is Co-Legal Advisor for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, a six-state region of the Greek Orthodox Church. In addition, she is a member of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Legal Committee. Joan is a member of the Orthodox Christian Attorney Network council.
- J.D., IIT – Chicago, Kent College of Law
- B.S., Chemistry, Loyola University of Chicago
- American Bar Association
- Hellenic Bar Association
- Orthodox Christian Attorney Network
- Illinois Bar Association
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois