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Ruth A. Schoenmeyer is a Partner in the Global M&A Practice Group and a member of the Real Estate Industry Group, based in the Chicago office. Ruth's practice focuses on retail and office leasing, but she has extensive experience, both in-house and in private practice, representing both landlords and tenants in a variety of leasing transactions.
Ruth was Senior Counsel at a major fast food chain, where she negotiated leases and purchase agreements with respect to new restaurants, as well as office leases for the company. She also handled site maintenance issues, including condemnations, CAM disputes, easements, environmental issues and various landlord/tenant disputes.
Ruth frequently speaks and writes about a variety of leasing issues. Recent topics have included exclusives (workshop for International Council of Shopping Centers), SNDAs and estoppels (seminar for Practising Law Institute), and co-tenant lawsuits (article for Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy).
Negotiation, on behalf of a landlord, of the lease for a technology tenant's flagship store on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.
Negotiation, on behalf of a restaurant tenant, of a 99-year ground lease in Manhattan. The restaurant had sold a developer a parcel on which the developer intended to construct an upscale high-rise condo building, and the developer agreed to give the restaurant a retail condo unit on the ground floor. After the developer refused to honor its agreement, lawsuits were filed, and eventually, the ground lease was negotiated in connection with the settlement of the lawsuit.
Negotiation, on behalf of a landlord, of a multi-floor office lease for an online travel company tenant.
Negotiation, on behalf of a tenant, of a multi-floor office lease for a bank.
Presenter, "How to Negotiate Lease Economics, Maintenance and Transfer Provisions Today", ABA's 2018 – 2019 Mastering the Art of Commercial Real Estate Deals, Webinar, February 2019
Presenter, "I Surrender, But I'm Not Giving Up! Drafting and Negotiating Effective Surrender Provisions", International Council of Shopping Centers, US Shopping Center Law Conference, Orlando, FL, October 2018
Panelist, "Where Tomorrowland Meets Adventureland: How to Create and Maintain a Practice That Will Attract Great Clients and Employees Into the Future", ABA, Section of Real Property Trust & Estate Law Spring Symposia, Orlando, FL, May 2018
Chair and Moderator, "Five Calculations Every Leasing Attorney Should Know How to Make" ABA, Section of Real Property Trust & Estate Law Spring Symposia,Orlando, FL, May 2018
Speaker on Two Panels at PLI's Negotiating Commercial Leases 2018, March 2018
Panelist, "Putting the FUN in the Fundamental Concepts of Commercial Leases", ABA Section of Real Property Trust & Estate Law eCLE, January 2018
Organizer and Moderator, "When Harvey Met Irma: Constructing Lease Provisions that Withstand Damage and Destruction", ABA Section of Real Property Trust & Estate Law eCLE, November 2017
Presenter, "Shipping, Sharing and Showrooming: Exclusives and Prohibited Uses for the 21st Century", International Council of Shopping Centers, US Shopping Center Law Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 2017
American College of Real Estate Lawyers: Fellow
Martindale-Hubbell: AV rating (highest rating)
McDonald's Corporation: Outstanding Development Attorney, 1999, 2001, 2011, 2012