Suzanne Bessette-Smith - Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP

Suzanne Bessette-Smith

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

As co-chair of the Firm's Real Estate Group, Suzanne concentrates her practice on commercial real estate and related corporate, securities and business planning matters. Her practice includes a particular emphasis on publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs).  She also has significant experience in both (a) the formation of joint ventures that combine developers and other real estate professionals with institutional financial partners and (b) commercial development, including build-to-suit projects and related financing activities. Additionally, Suzanne’s practice includes experience with Shari’ah-compliant financings, multi-jurisdictional portfolio financings, tax-deferred exchanges, leasing, acquisitions and dispositions. Suzanne also is a member of the boards of several not-for-profit organizations and works with those organizations on a pro bono basis.

In 2012, clients raved to Chambers USA that they have "the highest regard" for Suzanne. She also was selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

North Central CollegeBA 1977University of Illinois Law SchoolJ.D. 1980

Office Location

200 West Madison Street, Suite 3900
Chicago, IL 60606
United States

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law