Justin Bender is a partner in the Real Estate Group in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Justin was named a “Rising Star” in 2017 by Law360 and has represented a wide range of clients, including, developers, lenders, REITs, real estate funds, private equity firms, pension funds, and other institutional investors. Justin has extensive experience in most types of complex real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, financings, joint ventures, and development work.


Thought Leadership


“Illinois Supreme Court Addresses Distributions of Mortgage Foreclosure Proceeds,” Chicago Bar Association Record, April 2011

“How to Minimize Risks in Leasehold Mortgage Financing,” Law360, January 14, 2014


Law360 “Rising Star” for Real Estate, 2017

Super Lawyers “Rising Star”, 2012–2014


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2005Illinois


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.cum laude2005
    Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignB.A., Political Science2002