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Chicago Office
115 South LaSalle Street, Suite 3100
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Telephone: (312) 566-0040
Facsimile: (312) 566-0041
E-mail: lavon.johns@qpwblaw.com

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LaVon M. Johns is a Partner in Quintairos, Prieto & Wood & Boyer P.A.’s Chicago office. Ms. Johns has represented numerous commercial and industrial clients in multi-million dollar commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, real-estate based financings, workouts, development transactions, office and retail management transactions, and complex commercial and office lease transactions relating to real property located in the U.S. and abroad. She also represents not-for-profit organizations on governance issues and the development of real estate. Ms. Johns has extensive experience in counseling clients engaged in corporate mergers and acquisitions involving real property.

Previously, Ms. Johns was partner in charge of the Chicago office of a national minority owned and managed law firm, where she served as national co-chair of the firm’s commercial law department.  She was also Real Estate Practice Group Manager of a regional minority owned and managed law firm. Prior to joining QPWB, she was a partner with a Chicago boutique law firm specializing in corporate transactions.

Ms. Johns has significant experience in advising government in public/private partnership infrastructure transactions.  Over the past 10 years, she has acted as lead real estate counsel to the City of Chicago in a $1.8 Billion transaction in the privatization of the Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge, a $563 Million transaction in the privatization of the Chicago Parking Garage System and the initial $2.8 Billion proposed privatization of Chicago’s Midway International Airport.

For nearly 20 years, Ms. Johns has advised nonprofit and faith-based institutions, foundations and organizations.  She has provided legal counsel to some of the most recognized faith-based organizations located within the Chicagoland area on issues relating to nonprofit federal and state law governance, local governmental politics and relations, governmental compliance and 501 regulatory issues, commercial real estate development (including expansion and leasing), real property gifts issues, unrelated business income, real estate property tax issues, foreclosure and workouts.  In addition, Ms. Johns has represented numerous faith-based lenders in connection with loans to faith-based borrowers and in the execution of loans for charitable purposes and missions.

Ms. Johns has a broad range of legal proficiency, experience and practical knowledge in all facets of commercial lending and asset-backed financings. For over 20 years, she has advised numerous borrowers and lenders, including banks, financing companies, financial institutions and governmental entities in a variety of secured and unsecured financing transactions, including refinance transactions, lines of credit, letters of credit/credit enhancement, conventional mortgage loans, TIF financings, LIHTC financings, NMTC, receivable financings, loan portfolio acquisitions, workouts and foreclosures, senior and subordinated loan participations, construction financings, equipment financings and sale and leasebacks.  She also has extensive experience representing banks and financial institutions that are subject to FDIC loss/share agreements.

Ms. Johns was selected as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys under 40 to Watch” by Law Bulletin Publishing Company in 2004. In 2006, 2008, and 2011-2017, Ms. Johns has been selected for inclusion on the Illinois Super Lawyers® list of Top Rated Attorneys in Real Estate as a result of research conducted using a patented selection process consisting of evaluations based on professional achievements and peer recognition.  She has been named one of the 100 Top Women in Real Estate by the Illinois Real Estate Journal for the past seven years.

Ms. Johns is listed in the 2010 and 2011 editions of The Best Lawyers in America - the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. From 2011 through 2016, she has been selected as a Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network. Ms. Johns is a Chicago United Leaders Council Member and was selected to serve on the 2015 Business Leaders of Color Nominee Ranking Committee.

She attained the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) accreditation issued by the U.S. Green Building Council. She is currently one of very few attorneys in Illinois to attain this designation.  She is a member of the American Bar Association (Affordable Housing Subcommittee), National Bar Association, The Economic Club of Chicago, Chicago Bar Association, Lambda Alpha International – Ely Chapter, and U.S. Green Building Council (Chicago Chapter), Urban Land Institute, and Women in Planning and Development.  Ms. Johns is a Title Agent on behalf of Chicago Title Insurance Company and First American Title Insurance Company.  Ms. Johns is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) and the Monarch Award Foundation.  In 2012, Ms. Johns was appointed to the Cook County Land Bank Advisory Committee, a mechanism for redeveloping vacant and tax delinquent property in the County.

Ms. Johns currently serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching commercial real estate transactions at the Northwestern Pritzker University School of Law, is a lecturer at the National Business Institute, and has participated as presenter or panelist for such organizations as the ABA, Chicago Urban League, Lambda Alpha International and IICLE.  She served as the General Editor of the 2008 Practice Handbook (as supplemented in 2010), published by IICLE entitled Real Estate Litigation, where she authored Chapter 11, entitled "Real Estate Broker Litigation." In 2013, she acted as General Editor of the 2013 version of this same IICLE Practice Handbook and authored Chapter 11.  In 2016, she is once again acting as General Editor of the same IICLE Practice Handbook and authoring Chapter 9, “Loan Commitment and the Illinois Credit Agreements Act” and Chapter 11, “Real Estate Broker Litigation”.

Ms. Johns earned her Juris Doctor at Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois in 1996 and a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska in 1993.

She is admitted to practice in Illinois.

 

Expert Witness:

2016 Real Estate Expert Witness, JLL v. LanzaTech.

 

Publications and Speaking Engagements:

2016-Illinois Institute of Continuing Education ("IICLE"), Real Estate Short Course Lecturer: Commercial Leasing

2016-Moderator: "Disruptive Inclusion", Chicago United Annual Meeting

2016-General Editor: IICLE Handbook: Real Estate Litigation

2016-Author, Chapter 9 of IICLE Handbook on Real Estate Litigation, Article entitled "Real Estate Broker Litigation"

2016-Author, Chapter 11 of IICLE Handbook on Real Estate Litigation, Article entitled "Loan Commitment Litigation and the Illinois Credit Agreements Act"

2015-IICLE: Real Estate Short Course Lecturer: Real Estate Development

2013-Lecturer: Nonprofit Law--Faith-Based Counsel

2013-General Editor: Updated IICLE Handbook Real Estate Litigation

2013-Author of Updated Chapter 7 of IICLE Handbook entitled "Real Estate Broker Litigation"

2012-Lecturer on ″Commercial Leasing Issues"National Business Institute

2012-Lecturer on ″Real Estate and Land Use Litigation" Law Seminars International

2011-Lecturer on ″Commercial Leasing Issues"= National Business Institute

2009-Commission on Professionalism of the Illinois Supreme Court, Speaker/Facilitator in the Commission's Law School Orientation Professionalism Program

2008-General Editor: IICLE Handbook and Supplement (2010) Real Estate Litigation

2008-Author of Chapter 7 of IICLE Handbook and Supplement (2010) referenced above, entitled "Real Estate Broker Litigation"

2008 -Lecturer on the Topics of: Title Insurance, Closing Issues and Ethical Considerations in Commercial Real Estate Transactions-National Business Institute's Real Estate Transactions Made Painless and Efficient

2006 and 2004-Speaker, ABA-Diversity Symposium "Commercial Real Estate Transactions"

2005-Speaker, ″The Skyway Transaction-How it Happened, What it Means for Privatization in America"

 

Achievements:

2011 thru 2016  Designated a “Leading Lawyer” and Top Real Estate Attorney by Leading Lawyers Magazine

2010 and 2011  Designated as one of the ″Best Lawyers in America″ as published by the Best Lawyers in America

2006, 2008, 2011-2017  Designated as an “Illinois Super Lawyer” as published by Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine and Chicago magazine

2005 thru 2016 “Women in Real Estate," Real Estate Publishing Group, Law Bulletin Publishing Company

2004-Designated as one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 To Watch, Law Bulletin Publishing Company

 

Memberships and Affiliations:

2017 American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA), Member

2016 to Present-Member, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Chicago)

2014 to Present-Member, Economic Club of Chicago

2013 to Present-Member, Chicago United

2012 to Present-Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Board of Directors

2014-American Bar Association Women Rainmaker's Committee

2014-American Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Committee

2012 to 2013-Cook County Land Bank Advisory Committee (President Toni Preckwinkle), Member

2009 to Present-U.S. Green Building Council, Chicago Chapter; LEED Applied Professional Certification by the Green Building Certification Institute

2007 to Present-Lambda Alpha International, Ely Chapter; Member of the 2010 & 2011 Board of Directors

2005 to Present-Urban Land Institute, Member

2004 to Present-Women in Planning & Development, Member

2004 to 2014-Women in Public Finance, Member

2004 to Present-National Bar Association, Commercial Law Division, Member

2003 to 2005-Cook County Minority Job Fair, Co-Chair

2000 to 2015-American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section, Affordable Housing Division, Sub-Committee Member

2000 to 2006-Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, Board Member

1996 to 2015-Chicago Bar Association, Member

1997 to 2006-Monarch Award Foundation, Board Member

Contact: Chicago Office
115 South LaSalle Street, Suite 3100
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Telephone: (312) 566-0040
Facsimile: (312) 566-0041
E-mail: lavon.johns@qpwblaw.com

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Areas of Practice:

  • Corporate, Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • End to End Default Legal Services
  • General Litigation
  • RE Transactions and Development/ Eminent Domain
  • Regulatory and Compliance Services
  • Title Insurance & Escrow
Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D. (1996) 
  • Creighton University, B.A., cum laude (1993) 
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LaVon M. Johns is a Partner in Quintairos, Prieto & Wood & Boyer P.A.’s Chicago office. Ms. Johns has represented numerous commercial and industrial clients in multi-million dollar commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, real-estate based financings, workouts, development transactions, office and retail management transactions, and complex commercial and office lease transactions relating to real property located in the U.S. and abroad. She also represents not-for-profit organizations on governance issues and the development of real estate. Ms. Johns has extensive experience in counseling clients engaged in corporate mergers and acquisitions involving real property.

Previously, Ms. Johns was partner in charge of the Chicago office of a national minority owned and managed law firm, where she served as national co-chair of the firm’s commercial law department.  She was also Real Estate Practice Group Manager of a regional minority owned and managed law firm. Prior to joining QPWB, she was a partner with a Chicago boutique law firm specializing in corporate transactions.

Ms. Johns has significant experience in advising government in public/private partnership infrastructure transactions.  Over the past 10 years, she has acted as lead real estate counsel to the City of Chicago in a $1.8 Billion transaction in the privatization of the Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge, a $563 Million transaction in the privatization of the Chicago Parking Garage System and the initial $2.8 Billion proposed privatization of Chicago’s Midway International Airport.

For nearly 20 years, Ms. Johns has advised nonprofit and faith-based institutions, foundations and organizations.  She has provided legal counsel to some of the most recognized faith-based organizations located within the Chicagoland area on issues relating to nonprofit federal and state law governance, local governmental politics and relations, governmental compliance and 501 regulatory issues, commercial real estate development (including expansion and leasing), real property gifts issues, unrelated business income, real estate property tax issues, foreclosure and workouts.  In addition, Ms. Johns has represented numerous faith-based lenders in connection with loans to faith-based borrowers and in the execution of loans for charitable purposes and missions.

Ms. Johns has a broad range of legal proficiency, experience and practical knowledge in all facets of commercial lending and asset-backed financings. For over 20 years, she has advised numerous borrowers and lenders, including banks, financing companies, financial institutions and governmental entities in a variety of secured and unsecured financing transactions, including refinance transactions, lines of credit, letters of credit/credit enhancement, conventional mortgage loans, TIF financings, LIHTC financings, NMTC, receivable financings, loan portfolio acquisitions, workouts and foreclosures, senior and subordinated loan participations, construction financings, equipment financings and sale and leasebacks.  She also has extensive experience representing banks and financial institutions that are subject to FDIC loss/share agreements.

Ms. Johns was selected as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys under 40 to Watch” by Law Bulletin Publishing Company in 2004. In 2006, 2008, and 2011-2017, Ms. Johns has been selected for inclusion on the Illinois Super Lawyers® list of Top Rated Attorneys in Real Estate as a result of research conducted using a patented selection process consisting of evaluations based on professional achievements and peer recognition.  She has been named one of the 100 Top Women in Real Estate by the Illinois Real Estate Journal for the past seven years.

Ms. Johns is listed in the 2010 and 2011 editions of The Best Lawyers in America - the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. From 2011 through 2016, she has been selected as a Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network. Ms. Johns is a Chicago United Leaders Council Member and was selected to serve on the 2015 Business Leaders of Color Nominee Ranking Committee.

She attained the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) accreditation issued by the U.S. Green Building Council. She is currently one of very few attorneys in Illinois to attain this designation.  She is a member of the American Bar Association (Affordable Housing Subcommittee), National Bar Association, The Economic Club of Chicago, Chicago Bar Association, Lambda Alpha International – Ely Chapter, and U.S. Green Building Council (Chicago Chapter), Urban Land Institute, and Women in Planning and Development.  Ms. Johns is a Title Agent on behalf of Chicago Title Insurance Company and First American Title Insurance Company.  Ms. Johns is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) and the Monarch Award Foundation.  In 2012, Ms. Johns was appointed to the Cook County Land Bank Advisory Committee, a mechanism for redeveloping vacant and tax delinquent property in the County.

Ms. Johns currently serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching commercial real estate transactions at the Northwestern Pritzker University School of Law, is a lecturer at the National Business Institute, and has participated as presenter or panelist for such organizations as the ABA, Chicago Urban League, Lambda Alpha International and IICLE.  She served as the General Editor of the 2008 Practice Handbook (as supplemented in 2010), published by IICLE entitled Real Estate Litigation, where she authored Chapter 11, entitled "Real Estate Broker Litigation." In 2013, she acted as General Editor of the 2013 version of this same IICLE Practice Handbook and authored Chapter 11.  In 2016, she is once again acting as General Editor of the same IICLE Practice Handbook and authoring Chapter 9, “Loan Commitment and the Illinois Credit Agreements Act” and Chapter 11, “Real Estate Broker Litigation”.

Ms. Johns earned her Juris Doctor at Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois in 1996 and a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska in 1993.

She is admitted to practice in Illinois.

 

Expert Witness:

2016 Real Estate Expert Witness, JLL v. LanzaTech.

 

Publications and Speaking Engagements:

2016-Illinois Institute of Continuing Education ("IICLE"), Real Estate Short Course Lecturer: Commercial Leasing

2016-Moderator: "Disruptive Inclusion", Chicago United Annual Meeting

2016-General Editor: IICLE Handbook: Real Estate Litigation

2016-Author, Chapter 9 of IICLE Handbook on Real Estate Litigation, Article entitled "Real Estate Broker Litigation"

2016-Author, Chapter 11 of IICLE Handbook on Real Estate Litigation, Article entitled "Loan Commitment Litigation and the Illinois Credit Agreements Act"

2015-IICLE: Real Estate Short Course Lecturer: Real Estate Development

2013-Lecturer: Nonprofit Law--Faith-Based Counsel

2013-General Editor: Updated IICLE Handbook Real Estate Litigation

2013-Author of Updated Chapter 7 of IICLE Handbook entitled "Real Estate Broker Litigation"

2012-Lecturer on ″Commercial Leasing Issues"National Business Institute

2012-Lecturer on ″Real Estate and Land Use Litigation" Law Seminars International

2011-Lecturer on ″Commercial Leasing Issues"= National Business Institute

2009-Commission on Professionalism of the Illinois Supreme Court, Speaker/Facilitator in the Commission's Law School Orientation Professionalism Program

2008-General Editor: IICLE Handbook and Supplement (2010) Real Estate Litigation

2008-Author of Chapter 7 of IICLE Handbook and Supplement (2010) referenced above, entitled "Real Estate Broker Litigation"

2008 -Lecturer on the Topics of: Title Insurance, Closing Issues and Ethical Considerations in Commercial Real Estate Transactions-National Business Institute's Real Estate Transactions Made Painless and Efficient

2006 and 2004-Speaker, ABA-Diversity Symposium "Commercial Real Estate Transactions"

2005-Speaker, ″The Skyway Transaction-How it Happened, What it Means for Privatization in America"

 

Achievements:

2011 thru 2016  Designated a “Leading Lawyer” and Top Real Estate Attorney by Leading Lawyers Magazine

2010 and 2011  Designated as one of the ″Best Lawyers in America″ as published by the Best Lawyers in America

2006, 2008, 2011-2017  Designated as an “Illinois Super Lawyer” as published by Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine and Chicago magazine

2005 thru 2016 “Women in Real Estate," Real Estate Publishing Group, Law Bulletin Publishing Company

2004-Designated as one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 To Watch, Law Bulletin Publishing Company

 

Memberships and Affiliations:

2017 American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA), Member

2016 to Present-Member, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Chicago)

2014 to Present-Member, Economic Club of Chicago

2013 to Present-Member, Chicago United

2012 to Present-Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Board of Directors

2014-American Bar Association Women Rainmaker's Committee

2014-American Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Committee

2012 to 2013-Cook County Land Bank Advisory Committee (President Toni Preckwinkle), Member

2009 to Present-U.S. Green Building Council, Chicago Chapter; LEED Applied Professional Certification by the Green Building Certification Institute

2007 to Present-Lambda Alpha International, Ely Chapter; Member of the 2010 & 2011 Board of Directors

2005 to Present-Urban Land Institute, Member

2004 to Present-Women in Planning & Development, Member

2004 to 2014-Women in Public Finance, Member

2004 to Present-National Bar Association, Commercial Law Division, Member

2003 to 2005-Cook County Minority Job Fair, Co-Chair

2000 to 2015-American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section, Affordable Housing Division, Sub-Committee Member

2000 to 2006-Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, Board Member

1996 to 2015-Chicago Bar Association, Member

1997 to 2006-Monarch Award Foundation, Board Member

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