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Brad V. Ritter

Partner, Real Estate Department
71 South Wacker Drive
Suite 4500
Chicago, IL
United States

Fax: 1(312) 499-6173


Brad Ritter is a partner in the Real Estate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's Chicago office. Mr. Ritter has significant experience representing public and private, equity fund, venture capital, private equity, REIT, individual and other clients in connection with all aspects of complex commercial transactions. He has led the negotiation and drafting of documentation with respect to the formation of joint ventures, like-kind exchanges, sale-leaseback transactions, financings, and the acquisition and disposition of commercial properties. He also focuses his practice on commercial leasing.

Additionally, Mr. Ritter has represented numerous bankrupt debtors in the sale and refinancing of real estate assets, purchasers in the acquisition of real estate assets from bankrupt debtors, and various lenders in the restructuring and refinancing of debt secured with real estate assets held by bankrupt debtors.


  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1991

  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1988

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Speaker, Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association, April, 2015

  • Speaker, 2014 Overseas Investment in China Development Business Conference, June, 2014, Wuhan, China, Co-Author, "Real Estate Mergers and Acquisitions in the United States."

  • Co-Author, "Overseas Investment," Wuhan University Press, June, 2014

  • Co-Author, "How to Minimize Risks in Leasehold Mortgage Financing", Law360, January, 2014

  • Speaker, ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, October, 2013, San Diego, California, "Commercial Ground Leases: Creating Long-Term Value"

  • "The Debt Stack: Lessons Learned from the Great Recession," Paul Hastings September 13, 2012

  • Guest Lecturer, Illinois Institute of Technology, College of Architecture, Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Architecture - A Guide for Architects Working with Attorneys, October, 2011

  • Author, "LEEDing the Way in Green Development: THE CHICAGO STANDARD," CBA Rec. 54, November, 2010

  • "Distressed Real Estate Update: Practical and Legal Issues," Part 2 of 2, Paul Hastings June, 2010

  • "Distressed Real Estate Update: Practical and Legal Issues," Part 1 of 2, Paul Hastings May, 2010

  • Author, "Illinois Supreme Court Addresses Distributions of Mortgage Foreclosure Proceeds", CBARec. 58, March, 2011Co-Author, "Assignment of Voting Rights in Intercreditor Agreements," The ACREL Papers, Fall, 2007

  • Panelist, Northwestern Law School, Real Estate Panel, November 5, 2009

  • "Troubled Real Estate in Troubled Times," "Has Real Estate Gone Green and Other Questions of Our Time?" March, 2009 Super CLE, University of Minnesota

  • Co-Author, "Assignment of Voting Rights in Intercreditor Agreements," The ACREL Papers, Fall, 2007

  • Co-Author, "'Opting In' to Article 8 and Other Mezzanine Financing Best Practices," The ACREL Papers, Fall, 2007

  • "Title Insurance: an Introduction," "Using the Bankruptcy Code as a Leveraging Device in Acquiring, Selling or Repositioning Distressed Real Estate," "Pre-Petition Issues: A Few Things to Consider Before Filing," March, 2006 Super CLE, University of Minnesota


  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

  • Member, Dean's Advisory Panel, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

  • Member, Board of Directors, Off the Street Club

Recent Representations

  • Acadia Realty Trust in the acquisition of 840 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

  • Acadia Realty Trust in the acquisition of over $100,000,000 of retail assets in Chicago, Illinois

  • Citibank, N.A. in the $65,000,000 construction loan for the development of Harper Court in Hyde Park, Chicago, Illinois

  • Medline in the sale of Michael Reese Hospital to the City of Chicago for use as the Olympic Village as part of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic games

  • Bain Capital LLC in the acquisition of Toys "R" Us for $7.4 billion

  • Bain Capital LLC in the acquisition of Burlington Coat Factory for $7 billion

  • Boise CascadeCorporation in the $1.65 billion sale of timberlands to Forest Capital Partners

  • Code, Hennessy and Simmons LLC in the acquisition of 400 bowling centers from AMF Bowling Worldwide Inc. for $750,000,000

  • Conseco Inc. in connection with the $700,000,000 refinancing and the $1,400,000,000 sale of the General Motors Building in New York City

  • Packaging Corporation of America, Inc. in the acquisition and sale of over 1,000,000 acres of timberlands and certain other real estate assets for an amount in excess of $2,200,000,000

  • CenterPoint Properties Trust in the formation of the Chicago Manufacturing Campus, LLC in a joint venture to develop an automotive supply campus in Chicago

  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. in the $600,000,000 purchase of the Aladdin Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, out of bankruptcy

  • TransHealthcare, Inc. in the sale and leaseback of approximately 50 health care facilities for over $50,000,000

Practice Areas

Private Equity
Real Estate Finance
Real Estate
Real Estate Capital Markets




Illinois Bar


University of Illinois College of Law, J.D. 1991
Northwestern University, B.A. 1988

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