Suzanne Bessette-Smith

Suzanne Bessette-Smith

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP

Recognized since 2008

Chicago, Illinois

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law

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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.

Contact & Links


  • 200 West Madison Street, Suite 3900
    Chicago, IL 60606


  • North Central College, BA, graduated 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, State of Illinois

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
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25 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Real Estate Law

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