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Joel Hurwitz

Partner at Arnstein & Lehr
Chicago, Illinois
I am a results oriented problem solver as an attorney and businessman.. My legal experience is broad based with a current practice specializing in the representation of corporations, high net worth individuals and financial institutions with respect to real estate transactions, development and leasing; corporate formation and operating issues; trusts, estate administration and elder law; and commercial lending, including asset-based lending, letters of credit, mortgage lending and workouts. Prior to specializing in transactional matters, I litigated commercial cases, winning two cases in the Illinois Supreme Court. My transactional and litigation experience enables me to serve as a trusted advisor and advocate, rendering cost effective legal services. In addition, I have utilized my expertise teaching real estate drafting at Chicago Kent Law School and serving as an expert witness in litigation proceedings.

About Me

What publications have you contributed to?
“Commercial Real Estate Transactions – The Mortgage Lender’s Perspective,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Commercial Real Estate Practice Treatise (2011) and Supplement to the Treatise (2013)

Comments to FASB Proposed Accounting Standards Update – Leases Topic 840, posted on the FASB website (2011)

“Downsizing and Rent Abatement – The Lender and the Landlord Get Squeezed,” Arnstein & Lehr LLP Commercial Solutions Newsletter (2010)
What honors or awards have you received?
Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™, 5.0 out of 5. AV® Preeminent ™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. The AV® Preeminent ™ rating is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating

Selected as an Illinois “Super Lawyer” by Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine 2005-2007 and 2010-2016. Illinois Super Lawyers® is a peer review designation published by Thomson Reuters

ADL Community Service Award – 2001


Association Position
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association


School Degree Graduation Year
University of Chicago Law School J.D.
University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business MBA in Corporate Finance
University of Pittsburgh B.A. Economics & Political Science
University of Oslo (Norway) Economics

Contact Information

Arnstein & Lehr

165 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60606