Part-time Faculty N-Z
John E. Vranicar
Title/s: Solo Practictioner
John Vranicar has over thirty-two years of experience in the fields of real estate development and planning in the public and private sector, more than twenty-five of which have been in the practice of law. John's practice concentrates on transactional business law, with a focus on commercial real estate, covering sales and purchases, secured financing, retail, office and industrial/warehouse leasing, brokerage matters and construction-related contracts, as well as zoning, subdivision and land use approvals for management-owned, medium size developers and businesses, including buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, lenders and borrowers.
Prior to hanging out his shingle as a solo practitioner, John was a partner at the Chicago law firm of Scott & Kraus, LLC, before which, John spent nine years at the Chicago law firm of Golan & Christie, LLP. Before that, John was Managing Deputy Commissioner of Planning, Real Estate and Development for the City of Chicago Department of Aviation. In that capacity, he managed the real estate operations for the Chicago Airport System. Among his accomplishments there he acted as lead negotiator and project manager for the acquisition of the 350 acre Air Reserve Base located at O'Hare, including representing the City in environmental investigation and remediation; negotiated and managed leases generating more than $250M in annual rents from 140 tenants, including over 65 airlines; opened 30,000 square feet of new concessions in the newly opened international terminal at O'Hare under innovative master lease; negotiated first third party ground lease for 50 acre cargo and freight forwarding site; and completed first market driven collateral land planning and marketing effort, under a team led by Jones Lang LaSalle, for approximately 1,500 acres of land at O'Hare. John also served as Vice President and General Counsel for Amli Realty Co. While at Amli, he worked on every aspect of development and management in office and industrial parks in the Chicago metropolitan area. This included organizing development partnership vehicles; syndication; land acquisition; solving environmental problems, such as hazardous materials remediation and wetlands; land planning; zoning; negotiating acquisition, construction and long term financing; infrastructure improvements; marketing; and structuring and negotiating leases and sales of property to end users.
John is licensed to practice law in Illinois, and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. John has served for many years on the board of directors of the Canine Therapy Corps.
B.A., Northern Illinois University, 1971
Master Degree in Planning, University of Minnesota, 1976
J.D., Loyola University Chicago, 1984
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