Recognized by her peers and clients as a leader in commercial real estate, Amy Blumenthal has more than 30 years of experience in all areas of real estate, including office, retail, hotel, industrial and luxury residential properties, often concentrating on financing, acquisitions and sales, as well as real estate development and land use. Her clients, from a variety of industries such as manufacturing, hospitality, food and beverage, and publishing, value her ability to listen and understand their priorities and needs to best help them achieve their business goals.

Amy’s diverse practice includes representing owners, developers, lenders and investors in negotiating the acquisition, financing and zoning of property through its ultimate development, leasing and/or sale. She has a full range of experience helping clients with financing, ranging from initial acquisition to development and ultimately permanent financing, including working with senior debt, mezzanine debt and private equity. In working to close deals, Amy strives to understand not only her client's strategy and motivations, but also what is driving all other parties to the transaction. Finely honed listening and negotiation skills developed from handling hundreds of successful deals over the last three decades have led to many satisfied – and loyal – clients.

As part of her practice, Amy also handles high-stakes property tax appeals before a variety of governmental bodies, guiding clients through complex valuation issues for large commercial and industrial buildings, as well as luxury residential properties.

Amy is very active in the commercial real estate community. She currently serves on the board of directors and as President-elect of CREW Chicago, a member chapter of the CREW Network, an organization of over 9,000 women engaged in all of the professions associated with the commercial real estate industry.

Once a pediatric oncology nurse, Amy remains committed to supporting worthy causes in the health care community in Chicago. She was recently named to the board of directors of the Erie Family Health Foundation, which supports the mission of the Erie Family Health Center to provide high-quality, affordable health care for lower-income city residents.

Amy has been recognized as an Illinois SuperLawyer for Real Estate as well as an Illinois Leading Lawyer in the areas of Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation, Commercial Real Estate and Real Estate Finance.

Credentials

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1985
  • University of Rochester, B.S., Nursing, 1978

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Affiliations

  • Board of Directors and 2017 President-elect, CREW Chicago (Commercial Real Estate Executive Women)
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association