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Gregory R. Andre

Partner
+1.312.807.4254
Fax +1.312.827.8041

Gregory R. Andre is a partner with 30 years of extensive experience in commercial real estate law, including design and construction contracts, land use and development, leasing and sale-leasebacks, acquisitions and sales, real estate and construction dispute resolution and other matters involving properties located throughout the United States.

Mr. Andre has experience with major urban and suburban office buildings, retail centers, hotels, hospitals, senior housing, master-planned communities, mixed-use projects, golf courses, industrial and manufacturing facilities, biofuel facilities and public utilities, airports, highways and infrastructure. He is the author or co-author of more than 20 books and articles on various real estate and construction subjects and is well recognized in the industry.

Achievements

  • 2012 to present, Chambers USA
  • 2010 to present, Martindale-Hubbell Very High Peer Review Recognition
  • 2010 to present, Legal 500
  • 2009 to present, Who's Who Worldwide
  • 2006 to present, Top Illinois Super Lawyer

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Construction Owners Association of America (Co-founder of Illinois Chapter; Executive Committee Chair)
  • Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys
  • Lambda Alpha International

Speaking Engagements

  • “Drones in Construction: Legal Overview,” seminar sponsored by Construction Owners Association of America, September, 2016
  • “Project Close Out - Finishing Strong,” seminar sponsored by Construction Owners Association of America, September, 2015
  • “Project Team Collaboration: How to Achieve it Across All Delivery Methods for Project Success,” September, 2013
  • "Owner's Due Diligence - Selecting a Project Team," seminar sponsored by Construction Owners Association of America, September, 2012
  • "Aviation Issues Affecting Real Estate," K&L Gates LLP program, January, 2012
  • "Real Estate Development Within Native American Reservations," K&L Gates LLP program, August, 2011 
  • "Integrated Project Delivery," seminar sponsored by the Construction Owners Association of America, Illinois Chapter, October, 2011
  • "Mining the Corporate Balance Sheet for Real Estate Equity," seminar sponsored by K&L Gates LLP, September, 2010.
  • "The AIA has done it again! The 2007 Design and Construction Forms Have Replaced the 1997 Forms: What Has Changed and What You Need to Know," seminar sponsored by Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP (speaker on panel). 2008
  • "Design and Construction Contracts," seminar sponsored by Georgia Technical College of Architects (speaker). 2003
  • "AIA Contract Documents: The New Edition," seminar sponsored by Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP (speaker on panel). 1998.
  • "Construction Delivery Systems," seminar sponsored by Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP (speaker on panel). 1997.
Design and Construction Contracts
  • $900 million 88-story urban mixed-use building
  • 52-story urban mixed-use building
  • $400 million public viaduct project joint venture agreement
  • $300 million senior living campus
  • $200 million urban high-rise office building
  • $200 million urban high-rise mixed-use renovation project
  • $140 million hotel waterpark
  • $120 million high-rise senior living project
  • Several $90 to $120 million hotel and conference centers
  • $100 million private school
  • $100 million 42-story residential apartment building
  • 250,000-square-foot retail lifestyle center
  • Golf course and clubhouse development
  • $70 million hospital multi-phase expansion project
  • $60 million biofuel facility
  • All construction for a major airport, including flight terminal, control tower, jet hangars, runways and infrastructure
  • Automobile race track
  • Museum of Military History
  • Drafted standardized contract forms for multiple national clients

Land Use and Development
  • 2,200,000-square-foot office, hotel and retail development on prime 120-acre suburban tollway interchange site
  • 6,000-home active adult retirement community on 2,000 acres
  • $140 million hotel waterpark
  • 1,800-acre master-planned community
  • $175 million hospital
  • 185,000-square-foot destination retail store
  • $100 million hospital addition
  • 400-acre residential golf course community
  • FAA and USDA approval of commercial project near an airport
  • Office park development
  • Numerous electric public utility projects
  • Annexation for airport expansion
  • Multiple retail centers
  • Intergovernmental Boundary Line Agreement governing more than 1,000 acres of land

Leases and Sale-Leasebacks
  • Worldwide leasing for international firm with 14 million square feet of office space
  • 600,000-square foot building lease in Illinois for a major telecommunications company
  • 575,000-square foot distribution center lease in Utah for a major retailer
  • 300,000-square-foot industrial facility lease in Tennessee
  • 90,000-square-foot warehouse/distribution facility lease in Illinois
  • Ground lease and development of 100,000+ square foot retail store in Oregon
  • Ground lease and development of 100,000+ square foot retail store on Native American Tribal land in Washington
  • Ground lease and development of 100,000+ square foot retail store in Wisconsin
  • Build-to-suit lease for 100,000+ square foot corporate headquarters in Illinois
  • Ground lease, shopping center covenants and development of 80,000+ square foot retail store in Kentucky
  • Lease for underground mining operation in Illinois including zoning and land use approvals
  • Numerous build-to-suit to and other leases for jet aircraft hangars at an airport in Illinois
  • Sale-Leaseback restructuring of $1 billion portfolio of numerous owned and leased properties for a warehouse/distribution company
  • Sale-Leaseback restructuring of $200 million portfolio of numerous owned and leased properties for a trucking company
  • Drafted negotiation guidelines and standardized lease forms for multiple national clients

Acquisitions and Sales
  • $125 million sale of office and industrial building portfolio to UPREIT
  • $100 million shopping mall in Florida
  • 600,000 square foot retail distribution center in Utah including land acquisition, economic incentives and development
  • 100,000+ square foot retail store in Georgia including land acquisition, shopping center covenants, economic incentives and development
  • 80,000+ square foot retail store in Indiana including land acquisition, shopping center covenants and development
  • 40,000+ square foot retail store in Georgia including land acquisition, shopping center covenants, economic incentives and development
  • $40 million office building in Ohio
  • $35 million office building in Virginia
  • 2,000 acres of farmland in Illinois
  • 7,000 acres of timberland in Georgia
  • 1,200 acre ranch in Idaho
  • 30 million farm sale in Illinois

Economic Incentives / Public-Private Partnerships

  • Secured approximately $125 million from a U.S. State to be used by a manufacturing company for land, a new building and equipment at a rental rate of $1 per year
  • Secured approximately $23 million in sales and property tax rebates and other incentives for a retailer in Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  • Structured a tax-advantaged transaction for a retail store on a Native American reservation in Washington state
  • Secured a new video billboard on an Interstate Highway owned by a municipality and leased to a retailer in Illinois
  • Secured approximately $2.5 million in tax increment reimbursement for a retailer in Augusta, Georgia
  • Advised an Illinois municipality on a proposed sale-leaseback of its multi-story parking garage facility
  • Multiple waste water and potable water private-public partnership projects for large developments in Northern Illinois
  • Secured approximately $4 million in tax increment reimbursement for a retailer in Tooele, Utah
  • Multiple build-to-suit ground lease transactions for private corporate jet hangars at DuPage Airport in West Chicago, Illinois
  • Secured approximately $1.23 million in job tax credits for a retailer in Acworth, Georgia

Farms, Ranches and Timberland

  • Numerous acquisitions, sales, auction sales and leases across the United States
  • Land use and zoning approvals for development
  • Hunting leases 
  • Mr. Andre personally owns a farm and a forest and also understands the operational and business aspects of farming, livestock raising and timber production

Dispute Resolution
  • Successful representation of owner in the settlement of 145 claims made by owner against architectural/engineering firm with respect to an $80 million construction project
  • Successful representation of owner in the mediation of multi-million dollar liquidated damages claim for delay made by an owner against a contractor on a $20 million environmental clean-up project
  • Successful representation of a hotel developer in opposing and halting the development of a proposed outdoor music theater on an adjoining property
  • Successful representation of a governmental authority in the arbitration of more than 100 claims made by a contractor with respect to a golf course project
  • Successful representation of a contractor in a public bid dispute against a governmental authority with respect to a major grading project
  • Successful representation of a governmental authority in a dispute with a contractor concerning the steel structure for a new building that collapsed due to high winds and required demolition, removal and reconstruction
  • Successful representation of the master developer of a 400-acre residential golf course community in a dispute over the development of a $25 million clubhouse
  • Successful representation of a real estate developer in a dispute with the Army Corps of Engineers with respect to development issues associated with a large wetland area
  • Successful representation of a landowner in the settlement of the condemnation of 22 acres of land for a new tollway interchange at a prime development site