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Indiana University (B.S., Business Process Management and Operations Management, 2002)

Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2013)


Brad Ader is an associate in Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella's Real Estate group.  Brad assists private, institutional, and governmental real estate owners, developers, and tenants in a wide variety of transactions including but not limited to purchases, sales, financing, leases, subleases, licenses, easements, construction contracts, landlord waivers, subordination and non-disturbance agreements, and development agreements.  In addition, Brad represents a national healthcare provider in contract negotiations with health insurance plans.  Before law school, Brad closed more than $350 million in transactions as a real estate broker in the Chicago office of a national firm specializing in sales of office, industrial, and retail properties.


  • Represented a publicly traded private label food supplier in a built-to-suit lease agreement for construction of a new freezer building in Ogden, Utah
  • Represents automobile dealers in connection with obtaining sales tax reimbursement agreements with local municipalities
  • Represented private investors in the sale of a residential apartment community in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Regularly represents a national healthcare provider in contract negotiations with health insurance plans
  • Regularly represents automobile dealers in connection with the purchase, sale and lease of dealership facilities in the Chicago metropolitan area and northwest Indiana
  • Represented a shopping center owner in the sale of an outlot parcel leased to Walgreens in Overland Park, Kansas
  • Drafted re-usable contract forms for landscaping contractor
  • Regularly negotiates and drafts leases, lease amendments, licenses, consents and landlord subordination agreements for one of Chicago's largest industrial real estate owners
  • Represented a joint venture consisting of a REIT and private investors in an acquisition of a $26,000,000 suburban office property in Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Represented a REIT providing the primary source of equity in a joint venture developing a mixed-use high rise with residential apartments and retail space in Chicago’s River West neighborhood
  • Represents Chicago’s largest residential real estate brokerage company in connection with brokerage compliance, dispute resolution, document drafting, and expansion into other states
  • Represents a national company, with over 40 office/warehouse locations throughout the country, in lease negotiations for new and existing space
  • Obtained a resolution from the Chicago City Council approving a Cook County Class 6(b) incentive for a speculative industrial development, having the effect of reducing the property taxes by approximately 60% for a period of 12 years
  • Represented a joint venture consisting of a REIT and private investors in an acquisition of a $44,000,000 suburban Chicago office property
  • Represented an 8,000-square-foot medical office tenant in the negotiation of a suburban office building lease and design-build agreement
  • Regularly represents a suburban Chicago office landlord in lease negotiations
  • Represented a pension fund in a 300,000-square-foot manufacturing planned development in Chicago
  • Filed a type-1 rezoning application in Chicago on behalf of a private developer seeking to construct forty-plus, single-family homes on the site
  • Represented a publicly traded company in the sale of a former food-production facility located within a Superfund site
  • Conducted lease due diligence for a pension fund’s acquisition of a suburban grocery-anchored shopping center, while it was under construction
  • Spearheaded a fifty-state research survey on telemarketing laws for a publicly traded company
  • Represented a pension fund in its acquisition of a suburban Chicago grocery-anchored shopping center, involving a simultaneous purchase of the fee interest from the landowner (a municipality) and the leasehold interest from the developer
  • Represents individuals and institutional trustees in high-end home purchases and sales in Chicago and the suburbs

Honors & Awards

  • CALI award, Corporate Governance and the Law
  • CALI award, Negotiating and Documenting Mergers and Acquisitions
  • CALI award, Professional Responsibility
  • CALI award, Administrative Law

  • * CALI awards are given to the highest scoring student in the law school class.


  • Brad visits classrooms throughout the city for the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago’s “Lawyers in the Classroom” program, teaching children about our judicial system through a mock trial.
  • Brad is a member of the American Bar Association’s Real Property Section and the Chicago Bar Association.   
  • Brad has supported and volunteered for Ladder Up's Tax Assistance Program since 2011, preparing and filing income tax returns on behalf of low income Chicago families. 


Events & Speaking Engagements

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Chicago, Illinois 60611-3607
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