Jordan H. Peters is Of Counsel in the Real Estate Practice of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP. Mr. Peters was a Founding Partner of Freeborn & Peters, which combined with SGR in 2023.
For most of his legal career, Mr. Peters has engaged in a commercial real estate practice and has more than 30 years of experience representing parties to real estate transactions. His current practice is focused on acquisitions and dispositions, real estate-based financings, and leasing. His clients include developers, lenders, investors, and corporate owners and lessees of office, industrial, and retail properties. He also has a background in transactions involving specialized real estate interests such as mineral estates and railroad rights of way. Mr. Peters also has participated in and supervised many transactions in which the Firm has acted as issuer’s counsel and underwriter’s counsel in government financings. He regularly acts as local counsel in large, multi-jurisdictional financings where loan parties or collateral are located in Illinois. He works closely with lawyers in the Firm’s Corporate Practice representing clients in mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions where significant real estate assets are involved.
Mr. Peters is also active in real estate professional societies and in legal education relating to real estate, and provides pro bono representation to charitable organizations in the Chicago metropolitan area with needs in areas of real estate, project finance, and corporate governance.
Mr. Peters is an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Center for Real Estate Law at The John Marshall Law School, where he is currently teaching Real Estate Finance.
Mr. Peters earned his B.A. from Brown University. He received his J.D. from UIC John Marshall Law School, with highest honors, and graduated first in his class. He served as Editor-in-Chief of The John Marshall Journal of Practice and Procedure (now known as The John Marshall Law Review).
Illinois State Bar Association
Former Board Member and President, Ely Chapter, Lambda Alpha International, an honorary land economics society
Former Member, Lambda Alpha International Board of Governors
Board of Trustees, The John Marshall Law School
Board of Directors, The John Marshall Law School Foundation
President and Member of the Board of Directors, Chicago Bar Association Condominium Association