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Elliott K. Califf represents public and private institutions, national lenders and real estate investment funds in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, debt and equity financings, real estate development and joint venture formations.

Elliott draws from both a business and legal background to provide clients a real world approach to the practice of law. Prior to pursuing a legal career, he worked as an associate for a commercial real estate asset management firm managing a $1.2 billion dollar real estate private equity fund on behalf of an international investment bank. In this role Elliott gained experience in real estate finance, loan workouts, property development and management.


  • Acquisitions and dispositions
  • Leasing
  • Real estate finance
  • Real estate development
  • Restructurings and workouts
  • Joint ventures


Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Real Estate Law, 2022-2024
  • Listed, Emerging Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, 2022-2023
  • Team Member, Chambers & Partners USA Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, 2017-2018 and 2022
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Law Firm of the Year" in Real Estate Law, 2015
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2015 and 2022
  • Member, Innovating Commerce Serving Communities
  • Member, Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association
  • Member, Young Real Estate Professionals


  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2011
    • President, Real Estate Student Law Association
  • B.B.A., Real Estate, Urban Land Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
  • Illinois