American Bar Association
Retail Leasing Committee

Retail Leasing Committee


The Retail Leasing Committee is an active group of lawyers with an interest in retail leasing. Our members include not only retail leasing specialists, but also those who would like to learn more about retail leasing. We provide programs in which committee members share ideas about leasing hot topics, as well as educational programs with free information on retail leasing topics for lawyers who deal with retail leases from time to time, but not every day.

Our committee offers a "Nuts and Bolts" series of free half hour telephone conferences designed to educate practitioners about the basics of retail leasing. Information on our next call is provided below. If you want to assist with a program in this series, please contact Andrew Gardner at It's a great way to start getting active in the Committee.

In addition, the Section provides publication opportunities. Probate & Property, which is in a magazine format, will consider articles that are 10 to 15 typed pages long, in a magazine style (cites are only necessary for statements of law, not for discussions of general negotiation strategies or issues to consider in dealing with a particular type of agreement, and then only one cite is needed for a point of law). If you'd like to share your knowledge in a shorter format, you can submit your material to the RPTE eReport. We urge you to take advantage of these opportunities to share your knowledge. Call us if you have questions.

Finally, what do you want to see your Retail Leasing Committee do for you? We welcome new ideas, and urge you to become involved. If a topic particularly interests you, call or e-mail us, and we'll schedule a call for you!

We look forward to your participation on our committee!

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About Our Committee Leadership

Ruth A. Schoenmeyer is currently Senior Counsel at McDonald’s Corporation. Prior to joining McDonald’s, Ms. Schoenmeyer was Of Counsel in Jenner & Block’s Chicago office. Ms. Schoenmeyer has extensive experience representing landlords and tenants in leasing transactions, including leases relating to office, industrial and retail properties. While at Jenner, she represented the owners of several office buildings in Chicago in their office and retail leasing work and regularly represented a Fortune 100 company in its leasing work (as a tenant) nationally. Her work has included: build to suit leases relating to facilities in Maryland, Connecticut, Minnesota, Florida and Mexicali (in Baja California); office, retail, industrial and warehouse leases ranging in size from a few thousand square feet to 100,000-plus square feet; and several airport leases, including a 75-acre ground lease at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and hangar leases at Washington Dulles International Airport and Love Field in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Schoenmeyer is currently Chair of the Retail Leasing Committee of the Real Property Trusts and Estates Section of the American Bar Association and a member of the Board of Directors of Illinois Legal Aid Online.

Dorothea W. Dickerman is a partner at McGuireWoods LLP, co-chair of the firm's distressed real estate practice group and head of the firm's transactional real estate lawyers for the Washington, D.C. and Tysons Corner offices. She has more than 25 years' experience handling the full range of real estate leasing and ground leasing, commercial real estate transactions, and real estate finance both in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and nationally. She represents lenders, local and national developers, individual businesses and REITs. She has extensive leasing experience representing landlords and tenants in commercial leasing, negotiating retail, restaurant, shopping center, hospitality, office, stadium facility, and industrial leases and ground leases. Dorothea is also a former commercial real estate agent, which enables her to create practical business and legal solutions for her clients.

Retail Leasing Committee Programs and Events

Section Events

    Trump Tax Proposals and their Effect on Planning


    President-elect Trump and the House Republican Leadership have proposed significant changes to the income and transfer tax systems. The proposals are similar in many ways. With Republican control of both the White House and Congress starting on January 20th and the possibility of being able to pass tax ...

    Building Blocks of Commercial Real Estate


    This 2017 RPTE Section series provides a comprehensive introduction to commercial real estate law, focusing on issues as they relate to purchase and sale agreements, leasing, financing, property insurance, and tax issues in real estate and financing transactions. The series features five 90-minute CLE ...

    Due Diligence in the Purchase and Sale of Real Estate – What to Focus on and Ignore


    Due diligence for real estate transactions is a bit of an enigma. What is its goal? What does it entail? What value does it add to a real estate sales transaction? These questions often arise for lawyers and, even more commonly, for less sophisticated (or impatient) parties. We invite you to spend ...

eCLE - Retail Leasing


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