Leading Lawyers featured Kathleen Duncan in an in-depth article profiling her career as a real estate and development lawyer. Duncan, who practices in the firm’s Chicago office, has extensive experience developing the city’s famed skyline. Her work is tied to the development of the city’s Lakeshore East LLC, a $4 billion, 28-acre development, and the 1,200-foot Wanda Vista Tower, expected to be the third tallest building in Chicago when it is complete.
“Zoning comes easy to me. And the opportunity to work with so many different parties involved in the planning process, well, I have developed a real passion for this,” said Duncan. “I want to achieve the best results for my clients, whether it is a large flashy high rise or a small socially important project. They all hold the same value to me and require the same level of work.”
Duncan launched her legal career clerking for Jack George, now a partner in Akerman’s Real Estate Practice Group and formerly an assistant attorney general for the state of Illinois and assistant corporation counsel for the city of Chicago.
“I didn’t know her at all when she came in for her interview. Having had the pleasure of working with her for the past several years, I’ve come to know her not only as an excellent attorney but as one of the finest people I know. To me, she represents the best there could be. You couldn’t ask for a better lawyer or a better friend.”