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Felice B. Rose


"Finding Her Place as a 'Dirt Lawyer'"

Leading Lawyers Network,
December 2012

Felice B. Rose concentrates her practice in real estate acquisitions, dispositions, development and leasing. In addition to her core practice, she assists banks in handling their REO and troubled assets. As deputy leader of Schiff Hardin's Real Estate Group, Ms. Rose is a trusted adviser with a creative approach to problem solving. She has significant experience drafting, negotiating and guiding landlords, tenants, investors, owners, developers, sellers, banks and borrowers through the most complex and strategic use and operations of real property. Ms. Rose is a member of the Diversity Committee and chairs the Gender Diversity Subcommittee.

A Foundation of Experience

For more than 20 years, Ms. Rose has honed her skills in the arena of real estate law, managing some of the country’s most complex acquisition, disposition and development transactions. She counsels clients on matters involving mixed-use development including shopping centers and condominiums, disposition of portfolio assets, and extensive leasing for both landlords and tenants.

She assists clients with hotel acquisitions and financing, shopping center development, condominium development, and retail leasing. She also has experience with tax-deferred exchanges of real estate, loan assumptions, brownfield redevelopments, and restructuring and workouts for troubled real estate projects and loans. It is this depth and breadth of experience that position Ms. Rose as a leader and a trusted adviser to her clients.

A Creative Approach

Ms. Rose approaches each client matter with the experience of a seasoned attorney, but she also brings a fresh perspective to all of her work. It is this penchant for creative, strategic problem-solving that allows Ms. Rose to provide real value to her clients. “I troubleshoot as well as strategize,” she says. "By taking a proactive approach, I can develop effective and efficient solutions for my clients."

A Commitment to Client Service

Ms. Rose demonstrates a unique intuition for identifying her clients’ legal and business objectives. “I partner with my clients to understand their needs,” she says. She takes initiative in her work and follows her fine-tuned instincts to ensure her clients reach their goals. Her can-do attitude and confidence in her capabilities bring her clients peace of mind in knowing she can handle real estate transactions big and small.


Ms. Rose has an extensive track record of assisting her clients with complex, high-level real estate matters. Select representations include:

  • A Fortune 500 company in connection with a real estate leasing portfolio.
  • An outlet mall development company in connection with acquisition, financing and development of outlet malls across the country, including recent locations in Oklahoma City, Okla., and El Paso, Texas.
  • A leading food distributor in connection with all its real estate portfolio needs, including acquisition of warehouse facilities.
  • A national lender in connection with REO management and forensic investigations of distressed real estate.
  • A developer in connection with acquiring land and creating mixed use and mixed income communities across the City of Chicago.
  • A property owner with respect to the sale of the commercial components of a mixed use development in Evanston, Illinois.
  • A private equity company in connection with multiple portfolio companies' real estate transactions.
  • A hedge fund in connection with its headquarters lease and subsequent expansions.
  • A communications products company with respect to the purchase, sale and leaseback of its Midwest headquarters.
  • Numerous high net-worth families in connection with acquisition, disposition, leasing and development of their real estate assets.

Awards and Honors

AV Rated — Martindale-Hubbell
Leading Lawyer — Real Estate: Commercial; Real Estate: Finance, Illinois Leading Lawyers Network


University of Illinois College of Law(J.D., 1991)
University of Michigan(B.A., 1988)