Steven L. DeGraff

Steven L. DeGraff

Chicago, IL


Steve is an accomplished transactional attorney with more than 20 years of experience representing entrepreneurs, developers, owners and institutional lenders in a full range of commercial real estate matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, financing and leasing transactions. He also represents real estate developers in all aspects of condominium law. Steve has extensive experience in a broad range of financial distress issues, which include negotiating and facilitating favorable results in workouts of financially troubled loans. He regularly acts as an advisor to closely held businesses in connection with their everyday legal and business needs.

As a legal and business counselor, Steve is committed to helping clients initiate, develop and close transactions that further their business objectives. With prior experience as a trial attorney, he regularly draws on his dispute resolution experience to help clients identify potential risks, negotiate favorable terms, and document agreements and other transactions with an eye toward minimizing future litigation. Steve is well regarded for his practical approach to solving complex legal and business issues.

Steve is a regular speaker on a variety of topics, including workout issues and financial distress. He served as a member of the firm’s Management Committee for 14 years.



DePaul University College of Law
J.D., 1991
University of Michigan
B.A., 1988

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar association
  • Chicago Bar Association

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  • Leading Lawyers Network, Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Law: Commercial and Real Estate Law: Finance, 2008-2022
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