Freeborn’s Real Estate Practice and Three Firm Attorneys Highly Ranked by Chambers USA 2022 in Illinois

CHICAGO – Chambers USA has again ranked Freeborn & Peters LLP’s real estate practice in Illinois, along with three Freeborn real estate attorneys in its 2022 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 second time as an Up-and-Coming Individual in Real Estate, and attorney Harry Leipsitz was ranked as an Associate to Watch for Real Estate for the second consecutive year. All three attorneys are based in the firm’s Chicago office.

“We are proud to again be recognized for our strong real estate practice and attorneys in the 2022 edition of the esteemed 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 their dedication to firm and our clients and consistently providing high quality service on complex 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. 

“The team has been very responsive and efficient in communicating and handling transactions for our company, especially during difficult times with heavy volumes of work,” according to a client statement in the Chambers 2022 USA Guide. “The team has a wide range of attorneys and support staff with diverse areas of expertise and backgrounds. The firm has been efficient and knowledgeable in handling complex 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

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

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. 

Krigel: 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.

Leipsitz: 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.