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Larry N. Woodard





The John Marshall Law School, J.D., LL.M (Real Estate), 1999

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., 1995

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court

  • Northern District of Illinois


Larry Woodard is a rarity for commercial real estate attorneys, as he is experienced and proficient in the courtroom as well as at the closing table. While primarily known as a "deal lawyer," he provides his clients seamless counsel in a wide array of transactional and business settings, as well as tactical oversight of litigation strategy. 

Larry has represented Fortune 500 companies, developers, regional and national banks, institutional investors, special servicers, higher education institutions, units of local government, REITs, contractors, landlords, tenants, condominium associations, receivers and real estate brokers in the development, management, financing, leasing, zoning, acquisition and disposal of their real estate interests. He has handled many complex transactions involving multiple parties, properties and lenders, while encompassing many states—and has negotiated deals of all sizes and structures. His practice also extends into construction law, corporate transactions and asset protection, as well as loan workouts, mortgage foreclosures, construction and mechanics lien litigation.

Since he has engaged in some of the same businesses in which he counsels his clients, Larry provides distinct practical insight to his law practice. Larry's unique perspective ensures that his clients' business interests are consistently aligned with their legal interests.

Representative Matters

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Real Property and Construction Law Sections

Illinois State Bar Association, Real Property Section

Chicago Bar Association, Condominium Law and Mechanics Lien Subcommittees

International Council of Shopping Centers, Next Generation Committee

National Association of Realtors

Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Circuit Court of Cook County, Fifth District Pro Bono Legal Clinic, former Director


Adjunct Professor of Law, The John Marshall Law School

Clinical Professor of Law, The John Marshall Law School Business Transactions Externship Program


"The New AIA 2017 Contract Documents: Risk Allocations and Business Implications," Miller Canfield, Sept. 7, 2017

Webinar: "Due Diligence Process in Commercial Real Estate," November 15, 2016

ICSC Michigan Continuing Education Program for Real Estate Professionals, Novi, MI, February 11, 2016

Webinar: "Measure Twice; Merge (& Acquire) Once," Association of Corporate Counsel, Chicago, IL, August 4, 2015

"Medicinal Cannabis: A Legal Briefing for Illinois Licensees," March 31, 2015

"REAL Dealings with REAs," Continuing Legal Education Seminar, April 17, 2013

"ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys," Strafford Publications National Webinar, March 21, 2012

"Representations and Warranties in Commercial Real Estate Contracts," Strafford Publications National Webinar, February 12, 2012

"Negotiating Representations and Warranties in Commercial Real Estate Contracts," Institute for Strategic Negotiations National Presentation, December 19, 2011

"Due Diligence in Commercial Real Estate Purchases," Strafford Publications National Webinar, December 13, 2011

"REO: Residential & Commercial Perspectives," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Real Estate Mid-Year Update, August 25, 2011

"Negotiating Remedies in Commercial Real Estate Agreements," Strafford Publications National Webinar, May 31, 2011

"Representations and Warranties in Commercial Real Estate Contracts," Strafford Publications National Webinar, March 17, 2011

"Construction Contracts and Construction Escrows," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 7th Annual Real Estate Short Course, March 15-16, 2011

"Conveyance through Assigning Beneficial Interests in Land Trusts: A Primer," Presentation to the Chicago Bar Association Subcommittee on Title Insurance and Land Trusts, February 20, 2008

"Tips and Traps of Negotiating an Office Lease," Presentation to the Chicago Bar Association Law Practice Management and Technology Committee, November 16, 2007

"Asset Protection for Contractors," Presentation to Southwest Homebuilders Association, October 10, 2003

Real Estate Broker Certification Class, Chicago Association of Realtors, multiple appearances and presentations


"Illinois Condominium Law," (General Editor), Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2010 edition; 2013 update; and 2016 edition (authored Chapter 18)

"Contractor's Enhancement Claims in Mechanics Lien Cases: A Smaller Sliver of Pie," Illinois Bar Journal, 100 Ill. B.J. 46, January 2012

"Flashpoints Real Estate Law Update," (Monthly Co-author), Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education , September 2011 to present

"Selling Commercial REO: A Practical Guide," Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions, July/August 2011

"Brownfield Development: Government Money for Private Development (Chapter 8)," (Co-author), Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Environmental Law in Corporate and Real Estate Transactions, 2011-2012 update

"Representing a Homeowners' Association Facing the Developer's Bankruptcy," ABA Probate & Property Magazine, July/August 2010

"Evaluating Bulk Sales Liability in Real Estate Transactions," Illinois State Bar Association Real Property Law Newsletter, January 2009
"Condominium Law Chapter," A Young Lawyer's Guide to Real Estate Practice (4th Ed.), Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyer's Section, 2008

"Hiding the Land Trust: Should the Beneficiary Benefit?" Chicago Bar Record, March 1999