Elizabeth in Her Own Words

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“One of the many reasons I consider Elizabeth a cut above the rest is she never loses sight of the deal. She wants to get the client to the finish line.” - Timothy Keenan

Elizabeth O'Brien

Real Estate

Elizabeth is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group. She has extensive experience in the acquisition, disposition, development and leasing of commercial and industrial real estate where she has counseled local and national developers on contract drafting and negotiation, construction financing, retail, office and industrial leasing, deal structuring and title and survey clearance. Elizabeth has represented both borrowers and nationally-recognized financial institutions in commercial lending transactions, including the drafting and negotiation of loan documentation for commercial real estate, construction, and C&I loans, including collateral pledge agreements, and third-party guaranties. Elizabeth also does restructuring and workout agreements for distressed real estate.

When it comes to working on real estate transactions Elizabeth enjoys the sense of being part of something bigger, whether it is the deal that marks the beginning or the end of an era for a client or the development of a grocery-anchored shopping center in a food desert that is bringing job opportunities to the community. She enjoys being a part of a client's journey and is constantly inspired by her clients' energy and ideas.

Prior to joining Levenfeld Pearlstein, she practiced at Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis where she handled real estate and corporate transactions. She is a graduate of the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and an Associate Board Member with the Greater Chicago Food Depository.


Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2006
University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A. of Economics and Biology, 2002
Bar Admissions
Illinois, 2006
CREW Chicago
Board of Directors for the Howard E. Eisenberg Foundation
Board of Directors for Friends of the Chicago River
The Best Lawyers in America, 2019-2022
Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2017-2018
Leading Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network
Emerging Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, 2015-2017
40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2017


What are the top three attributes of your best clients?
Innovative, fearless, good sense of humor.
What’s your favorite quote?
"Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself." - Harvey Specter
What was your very first job?
I was a telemarketer for a nationally recognized insurance company, making cold calls straight from a page ripped out of a phone book. It was the first and worst job I’ve ever had.

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