Joel E. Resnick

Joel E. Resnick

Chicago, IL


Joel brings more than 30 years of experience to clients engaged in all phases of commercial real estate transactions, locally and nationally. Drawing on his well-honed skills as a strategic negotiator and business counselor, Joel helps clients negotiate and close purchase, sale and financing agreements and leases for retail, office, mixed-use, industrial and residential properties, including apartment and condominium buildings.

Joel served for a number of years as General Counsel for a Chicago-based real estate developer, for which he negotiated and closed contracts for the acquisition of land for new developments, negotiated space and ground leases with major national retail tenants, and developed and documented a range of site-development and reciprocal-easement agreements. He has provided counsel on joint venture and partnership structuring and other business relationships, helped secure construction and permanent financing for shopping centers and retail office buildings, and negotiated asset sales. Joel has also represented a number of lenders in loan workout and deed in lieu of foreclosure transactions.

Joel has published a number of articles in legal and industry journals covering a variety of topics, including commercial real estate transactions and Title VIII litigation. While in law school, he served as a staff member and Associate Editor of the Urban Law Annual.



Washington University School of Law
J.D., 1979
Franklin & Marshall College
B.A., 1976

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law 
  • Chicago Bar Association, Real Property Law Committee


Joel is a past member of the board of directors of his synagogue and supports a number charitable and philanthropic causes. 

Insights & Events



  • Leading Lawyers Network, Real Estate Law: Commercial, 2013-2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, AV Preeminent®
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