Ruth A. Schoenmeyer

Partner, Chicago

Biography

Overview

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), reciprocal easement agreements for mixed-use and redeveloped projects (article in Probate & Property) and letters of intent (seminar for American Law Institute). Ruth is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Advanced Commercial Leasing Instutute at Georgetown University Law Center.

Bars and Courts
Illinois State Bar
Education
JD
University of Michigan Law School
BA
University of Michigan
Languages
English

Experience

Representative matters include the following:

Negotiation of office leases around the country for a co-working company.

Negotiation of dozens of retail leases for an online company opening bricks and mortar locations.

Negotiation of a 600,000+ square foot build-to-suit industrial lease.

Negotiation, on behalf of a landlord, of a 200,000 square foot department store lease.

Negotiation, on behalf of a landlord, of the lease for a technology tenant's flagship store on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, and negotiation of various documents associated with further development of the property.

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Commercial Leases: Building Today's Tenant Improvements – Interrelationship of Commencement Date and Work Letter" and "Hot Issues in Retail Leasing in the Current Environment", PLI's Negotiating Commercial Leases 2020 program, New York, NY, February 2020

Speaker, "Square Peg in Round Hole: Restaurant and Entertainment Leases in New and Existing Mixed-Use Developments", ICSC's US Law Conference, San Diego, CA, October 2019

Speaker, "Letters of Intent: You've Already Signed What?", "Retail Leases: A Totally Different World" and "Other People's Money: The Role of Lenders", American Law Institute's Commercial Real Estate Leases 2019 program, Boston, MA, June 2019

Program Chair, Moderator, and Speaker, "REAdy to Draft and Amend REA Documents? Pointers for Drafting and Amending REA Documents in Connection with the Development or Redevelopment of a Project", ABA's Real Property, Trusts & Estates Section National CLE Conference, Boston, MA, May 2019

Speaker and Moderator, "What’s Different About Retail Leases, Ground Leases and Other Special Types of Leases?", ABA's 2018 – 2019 Mastering the Art of Commercial Real Estate Deals, Webinar, April 2019

Speaker and Moderator, "How to Negotiate Lease Construction, Default, Insurance, and other Common Provisions Today", ABA's 2018 – 2019 Mastering the Art of Commercial Real Estate Deals, Webinar, March 2019

Speaker and Moderator, "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

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

Publications

REAdy to Draft and Amend REAs? Pointers for New Developments and Redevelopments, American Bar Association’s Probate & Property Magazine, July 2019 (awarded “Best Practical Use Article” for the year 2019)

Awards and Recognition

American College of Real Estate Lawyers: Fellow (Class of 2018)

Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent® peer review rating (the highest rating)

McDonald's Corporation: Outstanding Development Attorney, 1999, 2001, 2011, 2012