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Stephen R. Goler, a member of the firm's Real Estate Fund Practice, focuses his practice on providing fund and joint venture representation to real estate investment fund sponsors and their partners and investors in the U.S. and internationally. His fund practice includes all stages of the investment fund lifecycle: structuring; formation; governance; and dissolution. Stephen also has substantial experience in complex commercial real estate transactions and he represents and advises developers, operators and lenders in a broad range of transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, property management and development, and secured borrowing.


  • Acquisitions and dispositions
  • Partnerships and joint ventures
  • Private equity
  • Fund formation
  • Real estate finance
  • Real estate development


Recognition & Leadership

  • 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, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2013, 2015, and 2022
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2007
    • Recipient, Scholastic Excellence Award in Real Estate Finance and Development
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 2004
  • Colorado