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national   /   December 8, 2020

Paul Bubny
By: Paul Bubny

Lawyers in Real Estate 2020: Taft's Kathryn Kovitz Arnold

Kathryn Kovitz Arnold is the Real Estate Practice Group Chair at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, a group that encompasses more than 90 attorneys across all of Taft’s offices. She also heads the firm’s Condominium practice group, which handles all aspects of condominium law, from development to working with homeowners associations and deconversions—the latter especially prevalent in Chicago, where Kovitz Arnold is based, and the surrounding metro area.

For 30 years, Arnold has played a key role in shaping the landscape of many of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods and business communities, through her wide-ranging real estate practice. She focuses in the areas of real estate development, commercial and residential condominium development and conversion, leasing, mixed-use projects, restaurants, mixed-use high-rise development, vertical subdivisions and separations, and commercial financing (lender and borrower representation).

Her experience in real estate matters also includes the negotiation of lease agreements, the acquisition and disposition of commercial properties, and negotiation of financing documentation for financial institutions and businesses, including representation of securitized lenders. She also serves as local counsel for out-of-state attorneys with respect to Illinois law matters.

Arnold is a regular invited presenter at seminars, addressing industry professionals on topics relating to real estate and condominium development and conversion. She has also drafted and consulted on new legislation and local ordinances regarding condominium law and administration. Arnold is active with the Chicago Bar Association and served as Chair of its Condominium Subcommittee from 2002 through 2008. She speaks for the National Business Institute at Condominium Law seminars. Additionally, she is a guest lecturer at Kellogg School of Management and Illinois Institute of Technology.

It’s for these reasons that we named Kathryn Kovitz Arnold to our inaugural grouping of Lawyers in Real Estate. These are real estate attorneys who have distinguished themselves in both their practice and the larger community.


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