Joel R. Thielen > Vedder Price > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vedder Price
CHICAGO, IL 60601-1003
United States

Work Department

Global Transportation Finance




Mr. Thielen has significant experience representing commercial banks, operating lessors, finance companies, private equity funds, hedge funds and other investors in a variety of transaction structures, including securitizations, warehouse loan facilities, Rule 144A and Regulation S capital markets offerings, including those involving syndicated equity and other structured financings, cross-border operating leases, leveraged leases and portfolio acquisitions and divestitures. Mr. Thielen also has experience representing investors in structuring and establishing strategic joint ventures and new leasing platforms for aviation and rail assets, and counseling clients on various day-to-day matters such as corporate structuring, servicing and management agreements, and general corporate and securities law issues.


  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 2013
  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., 2009, magna cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - finance

(Rising stars)

Joel R. ThielenVedder Price

Vedder Price‘s team has an enviable track record in representing lessors, lenders, manufacturers, government agencies, equity investors and operators. It routinely assists with the domestic and international leasing and debt financing of rail assets. The firm is able to leverage dedicated transportation asset finance and securitization lawyers in Chicago, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as from its London and Singapore offices. With extensive experience in railcar financings, structured finance specialist Geoffrey R. Kass chairs the global transportation finance team. Also  integral to the group are John T. Bycraft, who represents borrowers, issuers, servicers and lenders on structured finance transactions involving rolling stock portfolios; and Michael E. Draz, who is ‘unmatched in his pragmatism, collaboration, sharpness, efficiency, and lack of ego‘. In New York, Jeffrey T. Veber is a transportation finance expert, while Los Angeles-based Clay C. Thomas is a rail industry specialist. At associate level, Joel R. Thielen‘s practice includes rail finance deals, while Jillian S. Greenwald regularly assists with railcar financings. All attorneys mentioned are based in the firm’s Chicago office unless otherwise mentioned.