Joel Hurwitz

Joel Hurwitz

Of Counsel

Contact Info

Phone: (312) 876-7863
Fax: (312) 876-6271

Primary Office

Chicago
161 North Clark Street
Suite 4200
Chicago, IL 60601

Joel Hurwitz

Of Counsel

Joel M. Hurwitz is a problem solver with a broad-based practice focusing on the representation of corporations, high net worth individuals and financial institutions, pertaining to real estate transactions; development and leasing; trust and estate administration; corporate formation and operating issues; elder law matters; and lending related matters, including asset-based lending, letters of credit, mortgage lending and workouts. He has testified in court proceedings as an expert witness concerning reasonable attorneys' fees in contested mortgage foreclosures, contract interpretation in partnership disputes, and best practices in real estate transactions. Prior to handling business, trusts and real estate matters, Joel was a commercial litigator. He won one of Illinois' leading cases concerning creditor's rights and contract interpretation, which he successfully argued in the Illinois Supreme Court. His broad experience in litigation and business transactions enables him to serve as a trusted advisor and advocate, rendering counsel and services in a cost-effective manner.

Joel previously taught real estate drafting at Chicago Kent Law School.

Experience

  • Represented a financial institution in a build-lease transaction of approximately $85 million for the construction and occupancy of its worldwide headquarters in Mettawa, Illinois. This transaction was named the "Deal of the Year" by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.
  • Represented financial institutions in the sale and transfer of an aggregate of over one billion dollars in mortgage loans and the transfer of entire land trust departments.
  • Represented individuals and families in the contested administration of multi-million dollar trusts and estates.
  • Represented the office developer of Block 37 in Chicago, Illinois, with respect to the acquisition, construction, reciprocal easements and lease issues in the office tower portion of the Block 37 development.
  • Represented shopping mall owner in $250 million of loans secured by mortgages on several shopping malls throughout the United States.
  • Structured and implemented a workout and refinance of multiple loans from several financial institutions exceeding $100 million secured by commercial real estate in several jurisdictions.

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Rated AV® PreeminentTM, 5.0 out of 5, AV® Preeminent TM, and BV® DistinguishedTM by Martindale-Hubbell®

Named to the Illinois "Super Lawyer List" by Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine 2005-2018

ADL 2001 Community Service Award

Memberships and Affiliations

American Bar Association, Sections on Real Property, Trust & Estate Law and Business Law

Illinois State Bar Association, Sections on Business Law, Real Property, Probate and Trusts

Chicago Bar Association

Executive Service Corps of Chicago, Member of Board of Directors, General Counsel and Secretary

Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Professional Conduct

Chicago Kent College of Law, part-time instructor in real estate law and drafting

Selected by the Center for International Legal Studies to be a Visiting Professor at Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania; several lectures about U.S. Corporate Law at the University, Fall 2016

Circuit Court of Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program, formerly a certified arbitrator and panel chair

North Shore High School District 113 (Deerfield and Highland Park, Illinois high schools), elected and re-elected to the School Board for two four-year terms and served as the Board's President

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting (CAMERA), member of Chicago Advisory Board

Congressman (now former U.S. Senator) Mark Kirk's Education Advisory Committee

Anti-Defamation League, served for several years on the Midwest Regional Board and was an associate national commissioner and co-chairman of the Midwest Civil Rights Committee

Jewish Vocational Services, served several years on the Board of Directors

American Youth Soccer Organization, youth soccer coach

Secretary, Illinois State Bar Association Professional Conduct Committee, 2017

Appointed to the Highland Park (Illinois) Public Library Board of Trustees

Education

J.D., University of Chicago Law School

M.B.A., University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business

B.A., University of Pittsburgh magna cum laude

University of Oslo, Norway

Bar Admissions

Illinois

Joel M. Hurwitz is a problem solver with a broad-based practice focusing on the representation of corporations, high net worth individuals and financial institutions, pertaining to real estate transactions; development and leasing; trust and estate administration; corporate formation and operating issues; elder law matters; and lending related matters, including asset-based lending, letters of credit, mortgage lending and workouts. He has testified in court proceedings as an expert witness concerning reasonable attorneys' fees in contested mortgage foreclosures, contract interpretation in partnership disputes, and best practices in real estate transactions. Prior to handling business, trusts and real estate matters, Joel was a commercial litigator. He won one of Illinois' leading cases concerning creditor's rights and contract interpretation, which he successfully argued in the Illinois Supreme Court. His broad experience in litigation and business transactions enables him to serve as a trusted advisor and advocate, rendering counsel and services in a cost-effective manner.

Joel previously taught real estate drafting at Chicago Kent Law School.