Mr Mark Simon > Katten > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

CHICAGO, IL 60661-3693
United States

Work Department

Real Estate


For more than 30 years, Mark Simon has helped lending institutions, real estate funds and developers on a wide range of real estate financings and investments. He combines deep technical knowledge and industry experience with an understanding of the legal and business needs of real estate funds, banks, insurance companies and private developers. Recognized as a leading lawyer for years by industry publications such as Chambers USALegal 500 and Best Lawyers, Mark brings market knowledge and judgment based on experience to each of his clients’ deals.

Ranked as a leading lawyer for real estate law in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Mark has been described by clients as “very knowledgeable” and “good at focusing on big-picture items.” He brings to real estate financings an incisive focus on the financial issues and business risks that will matter most to his clients.

Mark’s well-rounded representation of lenders and borrowers, developers and fund investors allows him to help his clients understand the needs and objectives of opposing parties and bridge the differences. At the same time, although Mark prides himself on a high level of legal craftsmanship, he works with his clients to identify the true risk points and possible financial detriments worth attacking and negotiates effectively when needed to avoid adverse consequences to his clients.

In his civic work, Mark represents nonprofit organizations in their efforts to improve Chicago’s neighborhoods and is a board member of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Mark serves his home community as chairman of the Evanston Historic Preservation Commission.


JD, University of Michigan Law School, 1979; BA, Carleton College, 1976

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Real estate

Katten displays activity in Chicago and Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as in Washington DC and New York markets, particularly in acquisition, disposition, development, leasing and restructuring of all types of real estate. Alvin Katz , Mark Simon and David Dlugie are well-respected lawyers in Chicago. In Charlotte, head of lending, Frank Arado and Kenneth Lore in Washington DC, are also among its key lawyers.