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Alison Mitchell

Alison M. Mitchell

Co-Location Head, Chicago Real Estate Practice
[E]xtremely knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate
source quoted in Chambers USA

Alison Mitchell is an experienced attorney focused on real estate finance, acquisitions, dispositions and leasing. She represents lenders in the origination of commercial mortgage loans, mezzanine loans and preferred equity concerning real estate around the country.

Those loans include numerous hotel financings, portfolio transactions and construction loans. Alison has also represented financial institutions in leveraging their loan positions utilizing various different borrowing structures. Additionally, she has extensive experience with workouts and deed-in-lieu transactions.

Alison also advises real estate owners in acquisitions and dispositions of real estate assets as well as equity partners in real estate joint venture transactions.

Alison is a member of DLA Piper's firmwide Policy Committee and Partner Nominating Committee.

Bar admissionsIllinois


Among Alison's transactions in the last several years, she has represented

  • A lender in a US$375 million mortgage loan and $100 million mezzanine loan secured by an industrial portfolio of 28 properties in 11 states
  • A lender in a US$250 million loan secured by property known as Presidential Towers, Chicago A lender in a US$180 million loan secured by a mixed-use project known as Washington Center, in Washington, DC
  • A lender in a construction loan of up to US$100 million for the development and construction of a mixed-use project in Orlando, Florida
  • A lender in a US$75 million permanent financing facility secured by the Ponte Vedra Inn & Country Club, a 300-acre luxury hotel and country club resort featuring multiple golf courses, restaurants and a spa, located along the Atlantic Ocean in Ponte Vedra, Florida
  • A lender in a US$335 million loan secured by a hotel portfolio in California, Illinois, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania
  • A borrower/original lender in a leveraged loan transaction secured by collateral assignment of mortgage loan documents (whereby the underlying mortgage security is 6 real estate assets)
  • A lender in a deed in lieu of foreclosure of a hotel portfolio comprising 8 hotels in 4 states
  • A lender in a US$250 million loan secured by a retail mall referred to as 900 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
  • A lender in a US$44 million loan secured by the Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago
  • A lender in a US$43.825 million loan secured by the Graduate Hotel, Seattle
  • A lender in a US$44.3 million construction loan secured by The Talbott Hotel, Chicago
  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law 1990
    cum laude
  • B.A., University of Michigan 1987


  • Named Real Estate Lawyer of the Year by the Illinois Real Estate Journal (2023) 
  • Chambers USA
    • Band 3, Illinois Real Estate (2021-2023)
    • Chambers comments, "Alison Mitchell is well regarded for her real estate practice, which includes a range of financing and transactional matters."  Clients say, "Alison is great, she represents life insurance lenders and does a very good job with that."
    • Band 4, Illinois Real Estate (2020)
  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Recommended, Real Estate (2015)
    • The Legal 500 comments, "Chicago-based Alison Mitchell is 'bright, quick and extremely efficient.'"
  • Named a BTI Client Service All-Star (2022)
  • Named an Illinois Super Lawyer, as the result of a research project conducted jointly by Law & Policies and Chicago magazines

Alison has been a presenter before several real estate seminars sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association.


"Contributing Capital: Preferred Equity is Not So Preferred," The Real Estate Finance Journal (Winter 2010)


  • Panelist, "Trends that In-House Counsel Should Know About Commercial Real Estate", Association of Corporate Counsel Presentation, October, 2016
  • Co-Speaker, "Loan Documents and the Closing Process (Lender's Counsel),'' Commercial Real Estate Financing 2015, Practising Law Institute, May 4, 2015

Civic and Charitable

  • Pro Bono General Counsel, Greater Chicago Food Depository (1994 – 1996)
  • Pantry University Subcommittee, Greater Chicago Food Depository (2003 – 2005)
  • Co-Founder, Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation's Junior Board
  • Board of Directors, Lynn Sage Foundation (present)
  • Board of Directors, Chicago Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Executive Women (CREW) (2003 – 2007), Chapter Member (present)

Memberships And Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Alison is a member of DLA Piper's Partner Nominating Committee (2020)