Admissions

  • Illinois 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit 
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Education

University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business (Certificate of Executive Management, 2013)

John Marshall Law School (J.D., 1994); Staff Editor, The John Marshall Law Journal (1993)

Indiana University, (B.S. Business, 1991)

Profile

Robert Gamrath is a partner at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. Robert represents large corporations, institutional owners and operators of real estate, lenders, developers and builders, and real estate entrepreneurs in transactional real estate and land use matters. His clients come from a multitude of industries including retail, industrial and warehousing, office, hotel and hospitality, insurance and private equity, banking, senior housing, health care, data centers, and higher education.

He frequently advises clients on zoning, subdivision and annexation rights and the preparation and presentation of entitlement cases; the availability and applicability of public incentives; the structure and terms of the purchase and sale of improved and unimproved real property; the terms and provisions of development agreements and construction contracts; the structure and terms of private development controls such as covenants, conditions and restrictions, reciprocal easement agreements, and declaration of condominium; the terms and provisions of construction, development and acquisition loans and other secured lending; the structure and terms of joint venture agreements; condemnation and inverse condemnation rights; and public private partnerships.

Experience

LAND USE AND ZONING

Industrial

  • Representation of a developer in obtaining required entitlements from the Village of Vernon Hills for the redevelopment of an existing office and warehouse mixed-use campus with an approximately 3,500,000 square foot state-of-the-art warehouse and distribution facility for a global retailer.
  • Representation of a developer in obtaining entitlements from the City of Chicago for the construction of a 115,000 square foot build-to-suit distribution warehouse for a global retailer
  • Representation of a developer in obtaining Site Plan Review approval from the City of Chicago for a 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art cold storage facility.
  • Representation of a developer in obtaining Planned Development approval from the City of Chicago for the construction of an approximately 180,000 square foot Class A warehouse and distribution facility.
  • Representation of an industrial developer in the disconnection, annexation, rezoning, planned development, subdivision, and right-of-way vacation to allow for the construction of a 300,000 square foot industrial facility in the Village of Glendale Heights.
  • Representation of an industrial developer in obtaining approval by the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office of the demolition of an historic resource to allow for the construction of a new warehouse and distribution facility in the Village of Bensenville.
  • Representation of a wholesale meat operator in obtaining a zoning amendment from the City of Chicago to allow for the redevelopment of a 21,000 square foot building with a new warehouse and cold storage facility to supply Chicagoland restaurants.
  • Representation of a global package delivery company in obtaining from the City of Chicago planned development zoning, street vacations, and tax increment financing and in structuring a land exchange under IRC Section 1033 as part of a larger community development project.

Retail

  • Representation of a global retailer in obtaining approval from the Town of Cicero for an approximately 200,000 square foot retail and grocery store.
  • Representation of a shopping center owner and operator in the rezoning of an existing shopping center to permit the redevelopment of a portion of the shopping center with a grocery store anchor in the Village of Matteson.
  • Representation of a major global retailer in obtaining from the City of Elgin an annexation agreement amendment, rezoning, special use permits, and municipal code modifications for the construction of a 200,000 square foot retail store.
  • Representation of a global retailer in obtaining approval from the Village of Lombard for the redevelopment of a former office site with a new retail wholesale club store.
  • Representation of a developer in obtaining a special use permit for the construction of a new gas station and retail store for a global convenience store operator located on a major expressway in the City of Chicago.
  • Representation of a national developer and movie theater operator in the redevelopment of a regional shopping center that included an 18-screen multiplex movie theater in the Village of Skokie.
  • Representation of an international regional shopping center owner/operator in the redevelopment of a regional shopping mall in the Village of Vernon Hills.
  • Representation of a global food and beverage company in obtaining a rezoning and a special use permit from the City of Chicago for the redevelopment of a former culinary college as a commercial kitchen for daily preparation of fresh items to be served at its restaurants.
  • Advise a global food and beverage company on the zoning regulations for establishment of a flagship store in the City of Chicago; its second such specialty store in the world.
  • Representation of a developer in obtaining developmental variances from the City of Hammond for the redevelopment and re-occupancy of a vacant shopping center.

Hotel

  • Representation of a global owner and operator in obtaining Site Plan Review approval for a hotel redevelopment and expansion in the City of Chicago.
  • Representation of a hotel owner and operator in obtaining a zoning opinion letter allowing for the expansion of an existing hotel in the City of Chicago.
  • Representation of a hotel/office complex developer in the annexation, zoning, and subdivision of property in the Village of Lombard that contained critical wetlands and threatened and endangered species.
  • Represented the landowner and a national extended stay hotel chain in obtaining from the Village of Vernon Hills subdivision approval, a special use permit, and storm water easement to construct a 168-room extended stay hotel.
  • Represented a national hotel developer and extended stay hotel chain in obtaining all necessary approvals from the Village of Skokie for a 225-room hotel with a restaurant and an extended stay hotel.

Residential

  • Representation of a multi-family developer owner and operator to obtain planned unit development approval from the Village of Bloomingdale for the redevelopment of an office headquarters building with a 250-unit luxury apartment complex.
  • Representation of a multi-family developer in the amendment of a Site Plan approval ordinance to allow for the deconversion of a 264-unit condominium to apartment use in the Village of Wheeling.
  • Representation of a municipality in the restructuring of entitlements for the construction of a downtown redevelopment project.
  • Representation of a multi-family owner and operator in obtaining a special use permit from the City of Chicago to allow for ground floor residential use.
  • Representation of a property owner in obtaining release from the City of Chicago of a landmark demolition delay allowing for the addition to an historic landmark.
  • Representation of a land developer in the annexation , zoning, and subdivision of a 180-acre mixed-use planned unit development in the City of Yorkville that included negotiation of easements, roadway agreements and a recapture agreement.
  • Representation of a developer of a multi-phased residential planned unit development in the City of Wilmington that included negotiation of several easements, a facility planning area map amendment, a recapture agreement, and a flood plain map amendment.

Senior Housing/Health Care

  • Representation of a senior housing owner and operator in the annexation and rezoning of a memory care senior housing facility in Glen Ellyn.
  • Representation of a hospice provider in obtaining rezoning, subdivision, and special use permits from the Village of Glenview for the construction of its office headquarters.
  • Representation of a senior housing owner/operator in obtaining entitlements from the Village of Glenview for the development of a 178-unit continuing care retirement community and negotiation of a development agreement with impact fee reductions and waivers.
  • Represented a developer/operator of assisted living facilities in rezoning and creating a planned unit development for an assisted living/active adult/medical office campus in the Village of Carol Stream. Also negotiated waiver of school impact fees and negotiated and drafted a conservation easement for on-site wetlands protection.
  • Representation of a senior housing owner/operator in obtaining planned development zoning for expansion of an existing continuing care retirement community located in an historical building in the City of Chicago.

Automotive

  • Representation of an auto dealership in the approval by the Village of Libertyville of a planned development and subdivision for the construction of a new dealership.

GOVERNMENTAL INCENTIVES

  • Representation of a global retailer in obtaining governmental incentives from the Town of Cicero for an approximately 200,000 square foot retail and grocery store.
  • Representation of a tool manufacturer in obtaining EDGE tax credits from the state of Illinois for a plant expansion in the City of Rockford.
  • Representation of a developer in obtaining a Cook County Class 6B property tax incentive for a 100,000 square foot cold storage facility in the City of Chicago.
  • Representation of an industrial developer in obtaining from the Village of Glendale Heights a $7,000,000 TIF with a tax free and taxable note to assist with the development of a new industrial facility.
  • Representation of a developer in obtaining a Cook County Class 6B property tax incentive for a 180,000 square foot Class A warehouse and distribution facility.
  • Representation of a retail developer in obtaining a $2,000,000 sales tax rebate from the City of Highland Park for the development of a new automobile dealership.
  • Representation of a multi-family developer in obtaining from the Village of Mt. Prospect tax increment financing for a below market rate sale of government owned land for the redevelopment of a former retail site with a new apartment building.
  • Representation of a municipality in the restructuring of tax increment financing for the construction of a downtown redevelopment project.
  • Representation of an outlet mall owner and operator in obtaining from the City of Aurora a $23,000,000 TIF and sales tax rebate to construct a 435,000 square foot outlet mall.
  • Representation of a shopping center owner and operator in obtaining from the Village of Streamwood a $2,500,000 TIF and sales tax rebate to construct a 260,000 square foot retail power center.
  • Representation of a global retailer in obtaining from the City of Elgin an $8,000,000 sales tax rebate and $1,000,000 impact fee credit to construct a total of 315,000 square feet of retail space.
  • Representation of an international regional mall owner and operator in obtaining from the Village of Vernon Hills a $10,000,000 sales tax rebate for the expansion of a regional mall.
  • Representation of a global retailer in obtaining a $4,300,000 Class 8 property tax incentive for the construction of a 210,000 square foot retail store in the Village of Homewood.
  • Representation of a global beverage company in obtaining a $6,000,000 TIF, a 100% Illinois EDGE Tax Credit, and an LDBP grant for the relocation of its headquarters to the City of Chicago.
  • Representation of a food manufacturer in obtaining a 100% Illinois EDGE Tax Credit and ETIP grant for the relocation of its headquarters to the Village of Elk Grove.
  • Representation of a global package delivery company in obtaining from the City of Chicago a $7,000,000 TIF for plant relocation and expansion.
  • Representation of a manufacturer in obtaining a 100% Illinois EDGE Tax Credit and ETIP grant to retain the manufacturer in Illinois.
  • Representation of a tool manufacturer in obtaining a $3,000,000 TIF for the construction of a new manufacturing facility.
    (SMI/Richton Park)
  • Representation of a developer in obtaining from the City of Waukegan a $3,300,000 TIF for the construction of a 218,000 square foot industrial facility.
  • Representation of a life insurance company in the restructuring of a $12,000,000 TIF.
  • Representation of a manufacturer in obtaining an infrastructure grant, 100% income tax exemption, 100% franchise tax exemption, 100% property tax exemption, and 100% sales and use tax exemption on project materials and equipment for a plant expansion.

REAL ESTATE FINANCE

  • Representation of a borrower in a $107,000,000 multi-state portfolio loan secured by fifteen industrial facilities.
  • Representation of a lender in an $18,000,000 multi-lender revenue bond and construction loan facility for an industrial plant expansion.
  • Representation of a borrower in a $42,500,000 securitized CMBS loan secured by 6 apartment buildings and the defeasance of two existing loans.
  • Representation of a borrower in a $35,000,000 construction loan secured by a build-to-suit cold storage facility.
  • Representation of a borrower in a $6,000,000 acquisition loan secured by an industrial distribution facility.
  • Representation of a borrower in a $5,000,000 letter of credit facility and annual amendments to the loan facility.
  • Representation of a borrower in a $10,000,000 revolving line of credit facility and amendments to the loan facility.
  • Representation of a borrower in a $23,000,000 construction loan for the development and construction of a 300,000 square foot industrial facility.
  • Representation of a borrower in a $58,000,000 multi-state portfolio loan secured by seven industrial facilities.
  • Representation of a borrower in a $28,000,000 construction loan to finance the construction of a 540,000 square foot industrial facility.
  • Representation of a borrower in a $5,000,000 land loan and amendment to the loan facility.
  • Representation of a borrower in a $75,000,000 multi-state portfolio loan secured by twelve industrial facilities.
  • Representation of a borrower in a $76,000,000 multi-state portfolio loan secured by thirteen industrial facilities.
  • Representation of a borrower in a reorganization and $8,000,000 refinancing for an industrial chemical distribution facility.
  • Representation of a multi-family developer in an $11,000,000 acquisition loan and $83,000,000 construction loan for the construction of a 340-unit apartment complex.
  • Representation of a multi-family developer in a $24,000,000 construction loan for the construction of a six story, 195 bed student housing facility.
  • Representation of a multi-family developer in a $10,000,000 acquisition and construction loan and a $52,000,000 HUD 221(d)(4) construction loan for the construction of a 72-unit apartment building.
  • Representation of a borrower in a $17,000,000 construction loan to finance the construction of a 97-unit multi-family apartment building.
  • Representation of a regional mall owner and operator in a $100,000,000 refinance loan.
  • Representation of a tenant in common borrower in a $5,000,000 acquisition loan to finance the acquisition of a senior memory care facility.
  • Representation of a lender in a $3,000,000 refinance loan secured by a retail shopping center.
  • Representation of a lender in a $5,000,000 refinance loan secured by an industrial facility.
  • Representation of a lender in a $6,000,000 refinance loan secured by a structured parking garage.
  • Representation of a lender in an $8,000,000 acquisition loan secured by a full-service hotel.
  • Representation of a lender in a $6,000,000 acquisition loan secured by a multi-family apartment building.
  • Representation of a lender in a $9,500,000 land loan secured by a fully entitled development parcel.
  • Representation of a large national lender in negotiating and documenting large secured construction loans and acquisition loans in Illinois.
  • Representation of a national retail REIT in the negotiation and documentation of secured loans.
  • Representation of a regional student housing developer, owner, and operator in the negotiation and documentation of secured loans.

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2010–present: Real Estate Law)
  • Selected as an Illinois Leading Lawyer - Leading Lawyers Network® (2007–present; Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation; Real Estate: Commercial)
  • Named one of the Top 100 Lawyers by Illinois Super Lawyers® (2007–2011)
  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers® (2006–present: Real Estate)
  • Selected as one of Law Bulletin's 40 Illinois Attorneys under Forty to Watch (2005)

Professional/Community

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL)
  • Lambda Alpha International, Ely (Chicago) Chapter (Board Member, 2010-Present; President, 2017)
  • Lambda Alpha International, Regional Vice President, Central North America
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • American Bar Association (Illinois Delegate to Young Lawyers Division Assembly, 2001, 2003; Section of State and Local Governmental Law; Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (Assembly Member, 2005-2010; Young Lawyers Division Council, 1997-2005; Chairman, 2004-2005; Peer Mediation, Children’s Assistance Program and Chicago School Partners Subcommittees; Tomorrow’s Leaders of the Profession Program, 1999; Moot Court Judge, National Moot Court Regional, 1999; Local Government Law Section; Real Property Section)
  • Chicago Bar Association (Real Property Law Committee; Local Government Law Committee)
  • Embrace Living Communities Corporate Board of Directors (Member)

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