Overview

Josh 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 and sponsors 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 The Legal 500 U.S. since 2015 and by The Best Lawyers in America since 2018. In Chambers USA’s 2020 edition, a source noted “he understands complex business concepts and incorporates them in a way that is clear, eloquent, and thoughtful,” and described Josh as “an excellent lawyer” and “very practical” in their 2019 edition. Prior editions described him as “very thoughtful, analytical and he thinks outside the box” and as “commercial and knowledgeable.” Chambers USA has further 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” and as “a very user-friendly and smart guy who does a good job,” with “notable expertise in the hospitality sector.”

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Thought Leadership

Seminars

Panelist, “Equity & Debt Solutions for Apartment Investors & Developers,” Illinois Real Estate Journal, 11th Annual Multifamily & Apartment Conference: Chicago, March 5, 2020.

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.

Recognition

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 2015–2020 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, and 2018–2020 editions of The Legal 500 U.S. for Real Estate.

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1999Illinois

Education

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