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Blake E. Schulman

Real Estate

Blake Schulman is a partner in Levenfeld Pearlstein’s Real Estate Group, where he represents institutional investors and developers in acquisitions and dispositions, financings, joint ventures, leasing, construction, and commercial real estate development. Blake has extensive experience representing clients across a broad range of asset classes, including mixed-use developments, office properties, manufactured housing communities, industrial buildings, shopping centers, hotels, timeshares, and residential buildings such as apartments, condominiums and student housing.

Among his most prominent matters, Blake represented a real estate fund in the spin-out and roll-up of more than 20 companies holding nearly two million square feet of rentable office space, leading to the initial public offering of the common stock of a REIT on the NYSE. He has also handled more than $1.0 billion of commercial mortgage financing and more than $1.5 billion of real estate acquisitions and dispositions throughout the U.S., including dozens of REO property dispositions for multiple financial institutions.

Earlier in his career, Blake represented his clients in corporate matters related to mergers and acquisitions, private equity financings, and securities. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Steven M. Gold in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Blake has been a member of the Chicago Jewish United Fund Real Estate Division committee since 2010. He is also active in youth sports as a coach in AYSO soccer and for the Deerfield Youth Baseball Association.


Education
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2001
University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, B.B.A., Finance, 1999
Bar Admissions
Illinois, 2002
Court Admissions
Northern Disctrict of Illinois, 2003
Chicago Jewish United Fund Real Estate Division
Urban Land Institute
International Council of Shopping Centers
Chicago Real Estate Private Equity Network
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Chicago Next Generation Board Member
Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star 2014 - 2017
Emerging Lawyer in Commercial Real Estate and Finance Real Estate, Leading Lawyers, 2015
1. Ares Management
2. Next Realty
3. Heitman Capital Management LLC
4. Equus Capital Partners
5. Bradford Allen Investment Advisors

Q&A

What's one thing someone would be surprised to know about you?
Most people would be surprised to know that I have a twin brother. We are fraternal twins and he lives in Philadelphia, so there is no reason for anyone to expect that I have a twin. However, because I have fraternal twin children (boy/girl), when I tell people that I also have a twin brother they usually become even more surprised.
What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is, “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up,” by Jim Valvano, a former college basketball coach. Jim died of cancer while fighting his illness. It resonates with me and is applicable to all facets of life. It is something that I always try to remember, live by, and to instill in my children.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
My favorite vacation spot was Lizard Island off the coast of Australia in the Great Barrier Reef. I went there on my honeymoon and would love to go back. It was tranquil and picturesque. I also learned how to scuba dive while I was there.

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