Chambers USA 2021 Highly Ranks Freeborn Real Estate Practice and Attorneys in Illinois

CHICAGO Chambers USA has ranked Freeborn & Peters LLP’s Real Estate practice in Illinois, along with three Freeborn real estate attorneys in its 2021 legal industry guide.

Freeborn was ranked as among the top firms in Illinois for Real Estate, and Partner Mitchell A. Carrel was once again ranked for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use. Partner Ari W. Krigel was ranked for the first time as an Up-and-Coming Individual in Real Estate, and attorney Harry Leipsitz was ranked as an Associate to Watch for Real Estate. All three attorneys are based in the firm’s Chicago office.

“We are honored to be recognized for our real estate practice and attorneys in the 2021 edition of the prestigious Chambers USA guide,” said Freeborn Co-Managing Partner William E. Russell. “We congratulate Mitch, Ari and Harry, as well as our entire Real Estate team, for constantly delivering high-quality legal services to our clients on challenging and multifaceted real estate matters.” 

Freeborn’s Real Estate Practice Group offers clients the full spectrum of real estate-related legal services, including  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. 

During the Chambers research process, a client noted: “I think that they are the best group that I’ve ever worked with. They are just incredibly thorough. Everyone who I have recommended them to – a variety of developers and friends – has only complimented them. They have never disappointed in all of the years that I have worked with them.”

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

Following are additional details about Freeborn’s ranked real estate attorneys. 

Mitchell A. Carrel: In addition to the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, Mitch 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. 

Ari W. Krigel: Ari Krigel is a Partner in the Real Estate Practice Group and a member of the Food Industry Team. He concentrates his practice in the area of commercial real estate, with an emphasis on acquisitions, dispositions, conventional and public financing, leasing, workouts and development. His experience includes drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, loan agreements, mortgages, commercial leases, forbearance and deed-in-lieu of foreclosure agreements, easements and performing due diligence for real estate transactions.

Harry Leipsitz: Also a member of the Real Estate Practice Group, Harry 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.