Mr Alvin Katz > Katten > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

CHICAGO, IL 60661-3693
United States

Work Department

Real Estate


Described as “an absolutely first-class lawyer” with “tremendous expertise in fund formation and joint ventures” by industry publications such as The Legal 500 US, Alvin Katz has been helping real estate investors and developers close their most important deals for more than 40 years. Through multiple real estate cycles, in good times and bad, Alvin’s experience and judgment have guided his clients to achieve their goals.

Alvin is consistently ranked in the top tier of Chicago real estate lawyers by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which quotes clients praising his “exceptional intelligence” and describe him as “a really good lawyer with great business sense,” “[f]antastic … stellar at explaining key points during transactions … a go to lawyer who is at the top of his game” and “a smart and sophisticated attorney who absolutely deserves his top-tier ranking” whose “experience is nearly unparalleled.” Alvin is a frequent speaker at real estate industry conferences and continuing education programs for lawyers and real estate professionals. In recognition of his accomplishments in real estate law, he has been selected for membership in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.


Mr. Katz is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Economic Club of Chicago, Lambda Alpha International (Ely Chapter), Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) and Urban Land Institute (ULI). He serves on the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School and the Board of Overseers for the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, and is a trustee of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, a director of Lawyers for the Creative Arts, and a member of the Ravinia Festival Annual Fund Committee.


JD, Stanford University Law School, 1977; BA, University of Michigan, with high distinction and honors, 1974

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Real estate

Katten has a national reputation for handling acquisition, development, financing, leasing, and restructuring on behalf of lenders, developers, fund sponsors and investors. Chicago based senior partners Alvin Katz , David Dlugie and Mark Simon are all noted names in the Midwest real estate market. Timothy Little chairs the practice from New York.