December 7, 2009

Polsinelli Shughart PC welcomes attorneys Mark J. Nora and David M. Franek to its Chicago office, as shareholders in the real estate department. Mr. Nora will focus his practice in all areas of commercial, residential and mixed use real estate development and finance. Mr. Franek’s practice will concentrate on all aspects of commercial real estate development, management and leasing. Nora and Franek most recently practiced as shareholders with the Chicago law firm of Shefsky & Froelich Ltd. before joining Polsinelli Shughart. Both Nora and Franek have said that their move to Polsinelli Shughart was driven by a desire to become associated with a national law firm whose offices throughout the country possess a reputation for legal excellence and superb client service.

“In these challenging times, it is imperative that attorneys provide responsive, comprehensive service to their clients in a cost effective manner,” said Nora. “We want our clients to view us as an accessible, valuable resource, not a budgetary line item.”

Polsinelli Shughart has an exceptional team of nationally recognized lawyers headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, with a significant presence throughout the Midwest and a strong national platform. The firm provides a combination of legal expertise and business acumen in a cost effective manner.
“Many of my clients are involved in projects throughout the country, and they have welcomed the expanded coverage and breadth of services that Polsinelli Shughart offers,” said Franek. “I am very excited to be joining the Polsinelli Shughart team which provides sophisticated national representation, including developing areas such as alternative energy and LEED certification.”

In addition to real estate, the Chicago office has added significant practitioners in the health care, labor and employment practice areas to its existing strengths in corporate, banking and real estate and commercial litigation. The Polsinelli Shughart national real estate practice has increased to 67 attorneys in Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, Phoenix and Denver.

“Mark and David are excellent additions to the Chicago office,” said Managing Director/Chicago Anthony J. Nasharr. “Both are highly respected in the Chicago legal community and bring depth and knowledge in complex real estate matters that will greatly benefit our clients. Our growth in the Chicago office continues.”

Franek represents national and regional developers, tenants, investors and management companies in the development, leasing, and management of numerous properties throughout the country, including office buildings, restaurants, build-to-suit retail projects, lifestyle and mixed use shopping centers, as well as the acquisition and disposition of operating companies and real estate portfolios. He earned his J.D. from Duke University in 1980, and his B.A. magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976.

Nora represents institutional and entrepreneurial developers, lenders, municipalities, special taxing districts, restaurateurs and retailers in all aspects of real estate law including land use and zoning, economic incentives and tax increment financing, annexation, regulatory and code enforcement, licensing and sophisticated financial instruments.
He earned his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School in 1981, and his B.A. from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Real Property Committee of the Chicago Bar Association.
Both Nora and Franek speak frequently about their areas of the law and would be excellent sources for reporters working on stories about:

Mark Nora source:

• Land use and zoning
• Green building development
• Economic incentives and tax increment financing
• Real estate based financing and loan restructuring
• Governmental regulatory matters

David Franek source:

• Mixed use development and leasing
• Retail development and leasing
• Acquisition and disposition of operating companies and real estate portfolios
• Historic preservation

About Polsinelli Shughart PC

With approximately 470 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart PC ( is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business litigation, financial services, real estate, business law, construction, life sciences and health care. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients regionally, nationally and worldwide, Polsinelli Shughart is known for successfully applying forward-thinking strategies for both straightforward and complex legal matters. The firm has 13 offices located in Phoenix, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Wilmington, Delaware; Chicago and Edwardsville, Illinois; Overland Park and Topeka, Kansas; Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield and St. Joseph, Missouri; New York City; and Washington, D.C.