David J. Alexander

Principal, Chicago
Phone: 312.245.7500

David Alexander advises clients in regard to complex real estate transactions including the acquisition, disposition, construction, financing and leasing of shopping centers, office buildings and industrial buildings throughout the United States. As an experienced real estate attorney, Mr. Alexander reviews, drafts and negotiates all manner of retail, office, and industrial real estate agreements, including, but not limited to, purchase and sale agreements, construction contracts, leases and financing documentation.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Alexander practiced as in-house counsel for a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that owns and manages community retail centers in the Midwest. In this role, he advised the REIT in the purchase, sale and financing of community retail centers and office buildings throughout the Midwest. Additionally, he counseled a subsidiary property management company concerning everyday operational issues of the properties owned by the REIT, including negotiating, drafting and reviewing easement agreements, operating agreements and leases.

Mr. Alexander is a Director of the Japan America Society of Chicago.

Representative Matters

  • Approximately $23 million build-to-suit and long-term lease for an international bioscience firm in suburban Chicago.

  • Acquisition of $12.5 million die casting facility in Indiana.

  • $32 million design, build and construction project for an international Fortune 100 company in Chicago.

  • Build-to-suit transaction for a 40,000-sqaure-foot distribution hub in suburban Chicago.

  • $12 million Greenfield development of 150,000-square-foot linear motor company manufacturing facility.

  • $5.2 million automotive industry logistic facility purchase in Kentucky.

  • $13.3 million turnkey development of a healthcare products distribution center, office and showroom.

  • Leasing transaction for a foreign retail company of numerous big box retail stores in connection with its U.S. expansion.

  • Secured a $28 million Section 223(a)(7) HUD insured loan to refinance an existing loan for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development assisted multi-family housing project, resulting in a significant annual decrease in debt service expenses.

  • Eight property, $41 million, portfolio sale to a national private equity real estate firm for a Chicago area industrial real estate developer.

  • Establishment of a new approximately $40 million state-of-the-art rail rolling stock manufacturing facility in northwestern Illinois for one of the world's largest manufacturers of rolling rail stock, which when completed would employee as many as 400 persons and represent a historic return to the state of railcar manufacturing.


    • International Council of Shopping Centers' Annual Law Conference Roundtable Leader (2014, 2015 and 2016)

Practice Areas


  • IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2005
  • Eastern Illinois University, B.A., 2002


  • Illinois

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Japan America Society of Chicago - Director
  • Midwest U.S.-Japan Association - Assistant Secretary


  • Leading Lawyers - Emerging Lawyer, 2016-2018