Chambers USA 2020 Highly Ranks Freeborn Real Estate Practice and Attorneys in Illinois

CHICAGO – Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has ranked the firm’s Commercial Real Estate and Land Use and Zoning practices, along with two Freeborn real estate attorneys in its 2020 legal industry guide.

Freeborn was ranked as among the top firms in Illinois for both Real Estate and Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use. Also in Illinois, firm Partner Mitchell A. Carrel was ranked for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, and attorney Harry Leipsitz was listed as an Associate to Watch for Real Estate. Both attorneys are based in the firm’s Chicago office.

“We are honored to be recognized for our real estate practice and attorneys in the 2020 edition of the prestigious Chambers USA guide,” said Freeborn Co-Managing Partner William E. Russell. “We congratulate Mitch and Harry, as well as our entire Real Estate team, for constantly delivering high-quality legal services to our clients on demanding and complex real estate matters.” 

Freeborn’s Real Estate Practice Group offers clients the full spectrum of real estate-related legal services. Areas of focus include acquisition, disposition and asset management; air rights, vertical separations and subdivisions; construction services; data centers; development; environmental regulation; fund formation; land use and zoning; leasing; like-kind exchanges; litigation and dispute resolution; management, brokerage and other real estate consultancies; partnership and other entity structure and formation; qualified opportunity zones; real estate banking & finance; real estate litigation; tax planning for real estate transactions; tenant and corporate real estate; and TIC workouts. 

In addition to the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, Mr. Carrel is a member of Freeborn’s Food and Beverage, Transportation and Emerging Industries teams. He focuses on representing public and private companies, land owners, developers and investors and helping them secure land use and zoning approvals, public incentives, and local regulatory and siting approvals, as well as performing zoning due diligence. He also represents clients before local plan commissions, zoning boards and city councils. 

Also a member of the Real Estate Practice Group, Mr. Leipsitz concentrates his practice in the area of commercial real estate, with an emphasis on acquisitions, dispositions, financing, leasing, and development. His experience includes drafting purchase and sales agreements, commercial leases, mortgages, and easements, and performing title reviews and other due diligence for real estate transactions. 

Chambers and Partners ranks leading U.S. firms and attorneys based on in-depth research and interviews with attorneys’ clients and peers. Chambers assesses attorneys on attributes most valued by clients, including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, and commitment. The Chambers USA guide is widely read by industry-leading companies and organizations nationwide. For more information, visit

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