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Recognized by her peers and clients as a leader in commercial real estate, Amy Blumenthal has 35 years of experience in all areas of real estate, including office, retail, hotel, industrial and luxury residential properties, often concentrating on financing, acquisitions and sales, as well as real estate development and land use. Her clients, from a variety of industries such as manufacturing, hospitality, food and beverage, and publishing, value her ability to listen and understand their priorities and needs to best help them achieve their business goals.

Amy’s diverse practice includes representing owners, developers, lenders and investors in negotiating the acquisition, financing and zoning of property through its ultimate development, leasing and/or sale. She has a full range of experience helping clients with financing, ranging from initial acquisition to development and ultimately permanent financing, including working with senior debt, mezzanine debt and private equity. In working to close deals, Amy strives to understand not only her client's strategy and motivations, but also what is driving all other parties to the transaction. Finely honed listening and negotiation skills developed from handling hundreds of successful deals over the last three decades have led to many satisfied – and loyal – clients.

As part of her practice, Amy also handles high-stakes property tax appeals before a variety of governmental bodies, guiding clients through complex assessment issues for large commercial and industrial buildings, as well as luxury residential properties.

Amy is very active in the broader commercial real estate community. She currently serves on the inaugural Distinguished and Notable Advisory Board (“DNA)” of CREW Chicago, after serving as a Board member and President of CREW Chicago, a chapter of CREW Network, an organization of over 12,000 women engaged in all sectors of the commercial real estate industry.

In addition to her firm leadership role as a Managing Partner, Amy is also the firm’s Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. In this role, she oversees the D&I efforts for the firm, including providing operational leadership of all diversity and inclusion efforts and driving awareness, accountability and commitment.

Once a pediatric oncology nurse, Amy remains committed to supporting worthy causes in the health care community in Chicago. She provides ongoing service as a member of the board of directors of the Erie Family Health Foundation, which supports the mission of the Erie Family Health Center to provide high-quality, affordable health care for lower-income city residents.

Amy has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer for Real Estate as well as an Illinois Leading Lawyer in the areas of Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation, Commercial Real Estate and Real Estate Finance. Amy was named an inaugural honoree for Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer Magazine's "Influential Women in Law Awards" for 2020She also has been recognized by Crain's Chicago Business as a "Notable Woman Executive Over 50" for 2020 and 2019, a “Chicago Notable Woman Lawyer” for 2018, and a “Notable Women in Law” for 2020. In January 2018, Amy was inducted into the Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame by Midwest Real Estate News.

Credentials

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1985
  • University of Rochester, B.S., Nursing , 1978

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Affiliations

  • Board of Directors and 2020 Immediate Past President, 2018-2019 President, CREW Chicago (Commercial Real Estate Executive Women)
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association