Mark D. Yura

Mark D. Yura

Retired Partner

Mark Yura joined the firm in 1979 and concentrates his practice in real estate transactional matters. His clients include institutional lenders, private equity and opportunity fund investors and developers.

He is a member of various housing trade associations, including the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association. He is also active in numerous bar-related groups, including the Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association, and the Affordable Housing Forum of the American Bar Association.

Bar admissionsIllinois
CourtsUnited States District Court for the Northern District of IllinoisSupreme Court of Illinois
  • J.D., University of Michigan 1978
    cum laude
  • B.A., University of Michigan 1975
    with high honors


Based on peer and client reviews, Mark has been selected as one of America's leading real estate lawyers by Chambers & Partners, a respected English research firm. He has been designated an Illinois Super Lawyer in Real Estate, as the result of research projects conducted jointly by Law & Politics and Chicago magazines. Mark was also named to The Best Lawyers in America and Illinois Super Lawyers.

Insight Overview

Mark co-authored the Chicago Bar Association "Legal Opinions in Secured Real Property Transactions" which is the definitive legal opinion used in Illinois. He also was a member of the ABA Subcommittee that prepared the Real Estate sub-accord for use in conjunction with the so-called "Silverado" opinion. He is a frequent speaker before trade and professional groups on matters of state and federal legislation, multi-family housing financing, and commercial real estate lending topics.




He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan Law School (2003 and 2005) and The John Marshall Law School (now University of Illinois Chicago), LL.M. Program in Real Estate Law (1999-2002), teaching courses in real estate finance law.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • National Housing and Rehabilitation Association
  • Affordable Housing Forum of the American Bar Association
  • Member and past Chairman (1996-1997), Executive Council of the Chicago Bar Association Real Property Law Committee
  • Past Chairman (1991-1993), Chicago Bar Association Real Property Finance Law Subcommittee
  • Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association
  • Member of American College of Real Estate Lawyers - Former Chairman of the Equity Investment Structure Committee