Gould + Ratner




Chair, Real Estate Practice

Joe Marzo focuses his practice on real estate and general business counseling. He has handled a wide range of commercial real estate matters in the past decade, including:

  • acquisition
  • sale
  • construction contracts
  • land use
  • financing

Joe also has extensive experience in office, industrial and retail leasing, having advised clients on transactions totaling well over one million square feet. He has also handled the real estate aspects of due diligence in corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Joe’s real estate clients include real estate investment trusts, middle market real estate lenders, developers and investors.

Beyond real estate, Joe handles a variety of general commercial and contractual matters for small and middle-market companies, including alternative energy suppliers, retail operating companies, and software developers and licensors.

Joe is a member of the Illinois and American Bar Associations, and the Illinois Mortgage Attorneys Association. He has also been recognized by Crain's Chicago Business as a "Notable Gen X Leaders in Law" for 2022.


Connect with Joseph

(312) 899-1605 Office
(312) 890-8872 Mobile

Connect with Joseph

(312) 899-1605 Office
(312) 890-8872 Mobile




  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., cum laude, associate editor, Northwestern Law Review
  • Northwestern University, B.A., Economics

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Key Cases or Transactions

  • Represented privately held distribution company in connection with its acquisition and construction of 650,000 square feet warehouse for co-tenancy with one of its customers.
  • Represented national grocery store operator in lease transactions.
  • Advised lender in connection with $30 million term loan and revolving credit facility secured by all assets of an operating company borrower.
  • Local co-counsel for borrower’s acquisition financing of Old Post Office complex in downtown Chicago.
  • Negotiated 65,000-square-foot headquarters office lease on behalf of landlord.
More than just legal advisors, our lawyers consistently demonstrate the care and commitment that set us apart from much larger law firms.