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Alexandra R. Cole

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Perkins Coie LLP

Alex Cole focuses her real estate practice in the areas of real estate transactions and development, hospitality, international real estate, project finance and construction law.  She is routinely involved in large real estate acquisitions (hotel, office and retail) and represents all the various parties in the construction and development process.  Some of Alex's past projects include: Park Hyatt Australia, purchase and disposition of The Carlyle in transaction including sale of Rosewood Hotels and Resorts and four other hotels, Fairmont Hotel and Canadian Pacific Hotel merger, numerous buildings in Illinois Center, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, The Harold Washington Library, California Plaza in Los Angeles, McCormick Place Expansion and Hotel, Underwater World at Pier 39, Warsaw Financial Center, and the construction and renovation of numerous plants, industrial complexes, hotels, shopping centers and other commercial projects in the United States and Europe.


  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Member
  • Listed as an Illinois Super Lawyer as published by Law & Politics, 2005 - present
  • Listed in the Law Bulletin Publishing Company's Leading Lawyers Network as Illinois Leading Lawyer
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America's Leading Lawyers,” in Construction, 2005 - present; Real Estate, 2013 - present; Leisure & Hospitality, 2013 - present
  • Received "Women in Real Estate 2010 Career Achievement Award," presented by the Illinois Real Estate Journal

Client Comments

  • "Alex is a seasoned real estate lawyer who I have worked with on transactions for many years. She is experienced and her commitment adds substantial benefits to the deals we have worked on; most notable are her perspective on market conditions and the ability to blend legal and commercial issues into practical advice. I would highly recommend her for real estate transactional business."


  • "Alexandra Cole is very responsive to, and aware of client needs. She has excellent problem solving and facilitating skills to achieve a desired outcome."


  • "Alex Cole is knowledgeable, with many years of experience in her practice area. She is also creative and responsive to her clients' needs. She is always our "go-to: source for any construction related legal matters."


  • "I have worked with Alex on both domestic and international professional service contracts for close to 15 years. Her reputation as an effective real estate attorney is terrific and her ability to assist our firm in a timely and professional manner is consistently automatic. Alex is an unwavering advocate on behalf of her clients and has the set of skills to effectively negotiate tricky issues in a non-adversarial manner, which leads to agreement without alienating potential clients. She understands what is important to us as a service provider and also understands the needs and requirements of our clients; she can facilitate a mutual understanding and ultimate agreement in a cost effective and efficient manner. "

    J. Neale Scotty
    Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates, Inc., Architects

  • "Alex, without question, is one of the Best Lawyers in America. She is responsive, solution oriented, and understands the budgetary pressures faced by in-house counsel. She is well respected in the legal community and uses her sense of humor to mitigate those difficult moments that exist in all negotiations."

    Susan Aldridge
    Senior Vice President and General Counsel
    Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

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131 South Dearborn Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60603-5559
Phone: 312-324-8686
Firm Phone: 312-324-8400

Practice Areas

  • Construction Law (Architects and Engineers, Commercial Development, Contract Review and Negotiation, Contractors, Design, International, Real Estate)
  • Real Estate Law


  • DePauw University (BA)
  • The University of Chicago Law School (J.D.)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin

Organizations & Affiliations

  • Hospitality Industry Bar Association — Member
  • Chicago Bar Association — Member
  • American Bar Association — Member
  • Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys — Steering Committee Member

Other Info

Languages Spoken
  • German