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James W. Peters

Phone: 312-244-9716

Attorney Blog Real Estate



Chicago Metropolitan Office


Real Estate Law

Leader, Residential Development Group


Jim's practice centers on commercial real estate.

Over the last two decades, Jim has been involved in the development, acquisition, leasing and financing of:
Shopping Centers
Fuel Centers
Self Storage Facilities
Residential Developments
Resort Properties

He has represented diverse clients across the country including developers, national retailers, and lenders in big box developments, neighborhood shopping centers, street commercial, resort and multifamily and single family residential development.

He has counseled clients on obtaining governmental incentives for development.

He has negotiated Leases, Development Agreements, Municipal Improvement Agreements, Co-Developer Agreements, Easement Agreements, Entitlements Agreements, Covenants, Water Rights Agreements, Construction Contracts, Licensing Agreements, Supply Agreements, Financing Instruments and Property Management Agreements.

If it involves dirt, he's interested.


Northwestern University, J.D., 1987

Yale University, B.A., cum laude, 1984


Member, Utah Bar Association

Member, DuPage County Bar Association

Member, International Council of Shopping Centers


Oil, Gas, and Mineral Rights and Their Impact On Title, for Illinois Land Laws, November 2012

Lease Disputes, Utah State Bar, March 2010

REAs from the Big Box Retailer’s Perspective, Development Agreements, Easements and CCRs, June 2008

REAs from the Big Box Retailer’s Perspective, Easements, CCRs and Development Agreements, April 2007


Acquisition of 50 fuel center sites across the western United States.

Acquisition of 15 self storage facilities in the Midwest.

Acquisition of company owning 19 self storage facilities in California.

Repossession for lender of residential development property in Utah.

Lease of 50,000 sf retail space in Illinois and Michigan.

Lease of 10 acre store site in Southern California.

Acquisition of 10 acre store sites in New Mexico.

Acquisition of 25 acre warehouse site in port authority property in Western Washington State.

Acquisition of 30 acre warehouse site in Mississippi.

Acquisition of 150 acres of property in Northern Illinois for warehouse.


Born in Ohio, 1962

Attended high school in New Jersey.

Jim moved west to Utah in 1987 to work for Jones Waldo.  He spent five years in the Wasatch Back doing residential real estate development near Park City, Utah.  In 2004, he relocated to the Chicago area.

Industry Awards


Bar Admittance

1987, Utah and U.S. District Court, District of Utah

1990, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

2004, Illinois