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  • Education
    • J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2003, Public Interest Law Reporter and Editor
    • M.A., George Washington University, 1999, Political Management
    • B.A., cum laude, Michigan State University, 1994, Political Science

Jennifer Jones’ pre-law experience as a commercial real estate property manager and consultant allows her to deliver creative strategies and real world resolutions to each client. She focuses her real estate practice on matters pertaining to retail, office, industrial, multi-family and mixed use real estate properties, including:

  • Leasing
  • Licensing
  • Acquisition
  • Disposition 
  • Development 
  • Property management
  • Operations

Jen has a reputation of being an innovative, collaborative team leader who gets deals done successfully and efficiently for her clients. To implement their business goals and satisfy their short- and long-term strategic plans, Jen’s clients rely on her to help them avoid (or mitigate) risks and provide sophisticated real world legal counsel. Jen regularly represents domestic and international:

  • Developers
  • Private equity investment firms
  • Joint venture partners
  • Property management companies
  • Insurance companies
  • REITs
  • Co-working companies

Jen has extensive experience negotiating and preparing agreements and related documents for various real estate transactional matters, including: big box and in-line retail leases, multi-floor and full building office leases, industrial leases, purchase and sale agreements, commission agreements, listing agreements, subordination, non-disturbance and attornment agreements, estoppel certificates, property management agreements and other documents related to all facets of acquisition, development, leasing, management, and disposition.

  • Represented a private equity real estate investment firm in the leasing of redevelopment retail shopping centers in multiple states in the US, including complex redevelopment-related leases and lease amendments with the following:
    • Numerous retail leases and amendments with big box and in-line national and international retailers and restaurants in Kansas City, KS
    • Grocery store lease and restaurant franchisee lease in Independence, MO
    • GSA Lease with the U.S. Postal Service in Omaha, NE
    • Retail leases in Hoffman Estates, IL with a swimming school and a fitness center
    • Restaurant lease in Miram, GA with a national restaurant franchisee
    • Retail lease for an urgent care medical facility in Happy Valley, OR
  • Represented co-working companies in the leasing of numerous Class A multi-floor and whole building leases in New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Boston, MA, Chicago, IL and Washington, DC
  • Represented a joint venture partner in the leasing and development of numerous retail shopping centers in Texas, including big-box fitness center leases with NFL-affiliated and other national fitness center tenants.
  • Represented a multi-family asset owner with the disposition of multiple multi-family properties in Philadelphia, PA
  • Represented a distillery operator in the leasing of a tasting room and distillery warehouse in Las Vegas, NV
  • Represented a hospitality oriented multi-family company in the preparation of co-working licenses and membership related documents in Nashville, TN
  • Represented an international insurance company in various headquarter and flagship office leases in Chicago, IL and the Boston, MA metropolitan area
  • Represented an economic consultant in several office lease disputes and expansions in Chicago, IL and Washington, DC
  • Represented an optical retailer in various in-line retail leases in multiple states within the US
  • Represented a national asset manager of numerous office and industrial buildings in multiple states, including:
    • Office lease (for nearly 80,000 square feet) in Parsippany, NJ with a financial services technology company
    • Leases for office buildings in St. Louis, MO, Fairfax, VA and Reston, VA with multiple law firms
    • Office lease (including SCIF space) in St. Louis, MO with a defense contractor
  • Represented a department store chain in the subleasing of big box retail buildings located in multiple states
  • Represented a national developer on numerous retail leasing matters for shopping centers in multiple states, including, the negotiation of a big box lease in Simi Valley, CA with a national movie theater chain, a restaurant lease in Downey, CA with a national franchisor and a ground lease in Highland Village, TX with a national bank 
  • Negotiated, on behalf of a national movie theater chain, several leases in multiple states, including, a ground lease in Spotsylvania, VA for a joint-venture with a bowling chain
  • Negotiated, on behalf of a national big box home improvement retailer, subleases of four big box properties located in three states to a national big box garden supply retailer 
  • Represented two pension funds on the leasing of multiple office and retail centers located in numerous states
  • Represented a furniture store on the leasing of an industrial building in Monee, IL
  • Represented an educational technology company on the leasing of flagship office space in Boston, MA 
  • Represented an international real estate investment trust on the disposition of a portfolio of industrial properties located in 13 states to multiple purchasers
  • Participated in the representation of an institutional investor/real estate investment trust on the acquisition of a portfolio of three retail shopping centers located in California, which acquisition was part of three reverse §1031 exchange and included a loan assumption
  • Participated in the representation of a national big box clothing retailer on the acquisition of a portfolio of 31 big box leased properties located in five western states, which acquisition was the winning bid under a bankruptcy discharge order for a former national big box clothing retailer 
  • Participated in the representation of an international tire retailer on the transfer of all of its owned and leased properties within the United States to a new client entity
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Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel, National Capital Region Webinar
October 27, 2020
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Co-Host, In-House Influence Podcast, Washington, D.C.
December 2020
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Co-Author, COVID-19 Blog
June 4, 2020
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Filling the Purchase Option "Gap": Preservation (or Suspension) of Rental Income and Other Lease Rights After Exercising the Option and Prior to Closing
Co-author; The Real Estate Finance Journal
Winter 2005