Joshua Hanna is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he focuses on complex real estate transactions including joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions as well as financing, development, management and restructuring of real estate assets. He advises private equity funds, REITs, foreign pension funds and other institutional investors in transactions involving various asset classes, including office, retail, multifamily, industrial, hospitality and community living.

Josh has been recognized as a leading real estate lawyer by Chambers USA and was also listed in The Best Lawyers in America in 2018–2019In Chambers USA, Josh has been described as “very thoughtful, analytical and he thinks outside the box” in their 2018 edition, “commercial and knowledgeable” in their 2017 edition and “extraordinary” in their 2016 edition. In 2015, Chambers USA noted that Josh “has an increasingly prominent presence in the real estate market and is described by his clients as ‘a rising star who’s super-confident and gets things done.’” The 2015 edition of The Legal 500 U.S. noted that clients described him as “outstanding.”


Thought Leadership


Chairperson, “Ground-Up Developers peer-to-peer roundtable,” Marcus & Millichap Multifamily Forum: Chicago, April 10, 2019.

Moderator, “Keep Calm & Carry On: The State of the Market from a Developer’s Perspective,” Marcus & Millichap Multifamily Forum: Chicago, April 10, 2019.

Moderator, “Creating Community Through Thoughtful Development & Design: Repositions & Adaptive Re-Use vs. New Construction,” Bisnow Multifamily Annual Conference Midwest: Chicago, October 24, 2018.

Moderator, “Working with Institutional Capital: The Large Multifamily Session,” IMN: Middle Market Multifamily Forum (Midwest) 2018: Chicago, October 16, 2018.

Moderator, “The Future of Spec Development,” Bisnow National Industrial and Logistics Summit Midwest: Chicago, August 1, 2018.

Moderator, “Driving Business: An Economic Outlook From the Commercial Sector,” Marcus & Millichap Multifamily Forum: Chicago, April 19, 2018.

Moderator, “Owner’s Roundtable,” Bisnow Multifamily Annual Conference Midwest: Chicago, November 29, 2017.

Moderator, “Multifamily Breakout Session,” IREJ 15th Annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference: Chicago, January 18, 2017.

Moderator, “Investing Secrets: Getting Deals Done in Today’s Environment,” Bisnow Multifamily Annual Conference Midwest: Chicago, November 30, 2016.

Presenter, “Structuring Programmatic Real Estate Joint Ventures: Structures, Deal Sharing and Exclusivity, Pooling Variations,” Strafford Webinar, May 19, 2016.

Presenter, “Real Estate Joint Ventures: Current Topics and Trends,” ICSC Law Conference, October 18, 2013.

Moderator, Third Annual Bisnow Chicago Multifamily Summit, March 13, 2012.


Josh was selected for The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Real Estate Law in 2018–2019.

Josh was recognized in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2015–2019 for Real Estate.

Josh was named to Law360's 2014 “Rising Stars” list for real estate. The list honors outstanding attorneys under 40.

He was recognized in the 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019 editions of The Legal 500 U.S. for Real Estate.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1999Illinois


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.1999
  • The Ohio State UniversityB.A., Historysumma cum laude1996