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The Leasing Group is a dynamic, active and enthusiastic ensemble of six substantive leasing Committees, i.e. Retail Leasing, Office Leasing, Industrial and Warehouse Leasing, Ground Leasing, Emerging Issues and Specialty Leases, and Assignment and Subletting. Although each Committee is substantively independent, there is significant interaction between the Committees and their respective members. Throughout the year, each Leasing Group Committee conducts a one hour substantive telephonic program on a leasing "hot topic" germane to the Committee's focus. These calls are free and open to all members of the Leasing Group.

Bar Year 2015-2016 Leasing Group Teleconference Schedule Coming Soon:

In addition to our Group calls, the Leasing Group presents the "Nuts and Bolts of Leases." “The Nuts and Bolts of Leases” is a bi-monthly conference call series designed to provide newly practicing lawyers, as well as those new to the leasing field, with a basic understanding of lease provisions and their sometimes unique application to various types of leases. Over the course of the series, the speakers will fully negotiate a commercial lease, from a landlord’s and tenant’s perspective, so that attendees may gain an understanding of the relevant issues.

Substantive legal issues in real estate leasing continue to evolve even in today's real estate market. Keeping apprised of current legal issues in the leasing community and the variety of responses to these leasing issues is a primary benefit of membership in the Leasing Group. Membership in the Leasing Group will enhance your leasing expertise. We invite you to become an active participant in our Group and its Committees.

Sub Committees  (click [+] for listing)

 Sub Committees

Upcoming Leasing Group Conference Calls

Upcoming Leasing Group Conference Calls


January 28, 2016: Nuts and Bolts of Leases

12:30 p.m. CT/ 1:30 p.m. ET

Dial in number: 866/646-6488

Participant Pass code: 601 676 1423

TOPIC: Documenting Amendment to Lease

Our speaker tomorrow, Nancy N. Grekin, will discuss common scenarios requiring amendments and the best practices in documenting amendments as well as other points to be considered.

Speaker: Nancy N. Grekin, Grekin Law, Honolulu, Hawaii

Discussion outline is uploaded below on this webpage under Nuts and Bolts of Leases Materials.



October 20, 2015


~ presented by Ground Leasing Committee~




Christopher Clough, Managing Partner at Barron & Adler, LLP, Austin, TX, specializes in eminent domain law and inverse condemnation. Roy Brandys, Partner at Barron & Adler, LLP, exclusively devotes his practice to representing landowners in eminent domain cases in state and federal courts. The speakers will discuss what every leasing lawyer should know about condemnation provision and important factors to be considered when drafting or reviewing a lease.

CHRISTOPHER CLOUGH, Barron & Adler, LLP, Austin, TX
ROY BRANDYS, Barron & Adler, LLP, Austin, TX

Date: October 20, 2015; Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CDT/5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT

Dial in number: 866/646-6488
Participant Pass code: 601 676 1423


September 28, 2015

Nuts and Bolts of Leases: Landlord and Tenant Checklists for Lease Review

What are some of the things that you should do as a landlord’s or tenant’s lawyer when you review a lease document? In this month’s Nuts and Bolts of Lease call, our speakers will discuss what they do when they first begin reviewing a lease and landlord’s and tenant’s respective checklist.

Philip Wong, Chicago, IL, and Jane Mansell, McDonald’s Corporation, Oak Brook, IL, will discuss these issues from landlord and tenant’s perspective.

Date: September 28, 2015

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CDT/2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Call-in number: 866-646-6488
Participant Passcode: 601-676-1423

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
12 p.m. CT/ 1 p.m. ET

Nuts and Bolts of Leases: VII. Change in the Relationship
Going back to the roots of the Nuts and Bolts program, we are running through the “big picture” of a lease agreement. This month, we will discuss provisions “Change in the relationship: Assignment; Sublease; SNDA; Estoppel Certificate; Liability Limitations for Landlord.”

Nathan Speight, Commonwealth Legal Counsel, PC, Washington, DC, and Marie A. Moore, Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA, will discuss these issues from landlord and tenant’s perspective.

Date: June 30, 2015 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. CDT/1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT
Call-in number: 866-646-6488
Participant Passcode: 947-910-9954

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Nuts and Bolts of Leasing: Casualty and Insurance and Condemnation Issues
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  • Alan M. Disciullo, Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York, NY
  • Christopher M. Clough, Barron & Adler LLP, Austin, TX

Thursday, March 19, 2015
What Does The Future Hold for the Treatment of Leases in Bankruptcy?
~ Presented by Emerging Issues and Specialty Leases Committee

The American Bankruptcy Institute Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 recently issued its final report, which addresses and makes recommendations in a number of areas, including the treatment of leases.

David Kuney is a prominent and highly regarded commercial real estate bankruptcy attorney who served on the Advisory Committee that studied and reported to the Commission on the topic of Executory Contracts and Leases.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Nuts and Bolts of Leases: V. Enforcing the Lease: Default, Remedies, Eviction and Dispute Resolution

Going back to the roots of the Nuts and Bolts program, we are running through the “big picture” of a lease agreement, and over the course of the series fully cover each of the major provisions contained in a lease and discuss how these provisions affect both landlord and tenant.

This month, we will discuss provisions relating to enforcement of the lease, including default and remedies provisions. Monica Owens, Pursley Friese Torgrimson, Atlanta, GA, will speak on the Landlord’s side. Andrew Gardner, McDonald Hopkins, Cleveland, OH, will speak on the Tenant’s side.

* The Form Lease can be found below, under Nuts and Bolts of Leases Materials.

To view more call click here.

Section Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

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    Life insurance is commonly used in both estate planning and employee benefits planning. Obtaining the expected results often requires complying with specific, sometimes complex and confusing requirements. Our speakers will discuss how to avoid common mistakes and how to fix them when they occur. Topics ...

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Dibbs, Scott

Council Representative:

Orvin, Daniel


Schoenmeyer, Ruth

Committee Roster  

Modified by Adam Bielawski on May 9, 2016

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