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Jennifer Desser represents clients on commercial real estate and finance transactions, focusing on the acquisition, disposition, development, leasing and financing of multifamily, office, retail, industrial, research/development/manufacturing, logistics and mixed-use developments and facilities nationwide. Her clients include developers, owners, operators, institutional investors, real estate opportunity funds, pharmaceutical companies, and senior housing and rehabilitation facility conglomerates. Jennifer negotiates and documents purchase, sale, leaseback, joint venture, development, leasing, property management and sales/marketing agreements.

Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented owner in the sale of 40-acre industrial warehouse and office building campus in Cleveland, OH.°
  • Represented owner in the sale of multitenant fitness and retail site in Chicago, IL.°
  • Represented buyer and operator in the purchase of 3-property portfolio of nursing home, drug, and alcohol rehabilitation facilities in Peru, Indiana, Dayton, Ohio and Mars, PA.°
  • Represented tenant in the negotiation of build-to-suit industrial, R&D, manufacturing, laboratory, and office buildings in Westbrook, Maine and San Diego, CA.°
  • Represented Fortune 100 diversified pharmaceutical, medical device, and nutritionals company in the purchase of headquarters campus in Deerfield, IL.°
  • Represented buyer in the formation of a joint venture, purchase, and development of a medical office building in Fort Worth, TX.°
  • Represented tenant in the negotiation of build-to-suit storage and distribution facility lease in Vacaville, CA.°
  • Represented buyer in the purchase of office and R&D building in Mettawa, IL.°
  • Represented multiple borrowers as special NY and IL local counsel for issuance of legal opinions to institutional lenders.°
  • Represented landlord in the negotiation of office, storage, and warehousing facility lease in Kansas City, MO.°
  • Represented tenant in the negotiation of office leases in Chicago, IL, Washington, D.C., and Rockville, MD.°
  • Represented landlord in the negotiation of warehouse and distribution facility lease in Tipp City, OH.°
  • Represented landlord in the negotiation of retail leases for CVS and Planet Fitness in Chicago, IL.°
  • Represented tenant in the negotiation of warehouse, light manufacturing, R&D, and office building lease in Gurnee, IL.°
  • Represented buyer in the purchase and leaseback of headquarters campus in Alameda, CA.°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Desser prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Urban Land Institute (ULI) Chicago, 2016-2020
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), 2016-2021
  • Member, Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, 2016-2020
  • Member, Commercial Real Estate Executive Women (CREW), 2016-2020

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • B.A., with high distinction, University of Michigan
Admissions
  • Illinois
  • New York