CHICAGO – Barnes & Thornburg announced today that Jeffrey P. Gray has joined the firm’s Corporate Department in the Chicago office. Previously, Gray was a partner in the Business Law Department at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.

Gray has spent his career representing a broad-range of domestic and international clients including Fortune 100 corporations, private held entities, and entrepreneurs in a varied array of corporate, securities, real estate, and financing matters. As part of his practice, he focuses on the coordination of acquisition, development and divestiture of commercial, industrial, retail and residential subdivision properties, including finance, title, survey and environmental issues. He also negotiates and drafts construction, architectural, acquisition, lease, joint venture and divestiture agreements for real estate development and investment transactions. In addition, he represents national and state banks, and individuals in asset-based, real estate, secured and unsecured loans, equipment leasing, workouts, UCC enforcement actions and foreclosures.

“Jeff’s addition is another strategic step in expanding our corporate transactional and real estate services in Chicago,” said Mark Rust, managing partner of Barnes & Thornburg’s Chicago office. “Our banking and corporate clients will benefit from Jeff’s ability to advise on all types of complex financing, corporate, securities and real estate transactions at a local, national and international level. We welcome him to the firm.”

About Jeffrey P. Gray

Gray has experience representing parties from or transactions in Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Columbia, Canada, Italy, and Mexico.

He represents the Chicago Community Loan Fund, a non-profit organization that makes real estate and business loans primarily to non-profits seeking to improve low-income housing opportunities and the economic viability of Chicago’s communities, as well as Cabrini Green Legal Aid, a non-profit organization that provides high-impact, free legal services to low-income Chicagoans in four areas of law: family, housing, criminal records, and criminal defense.

Gray earned his J.D. from Northwestern University, graduating cum laude, and received his B.A. with distinction from Indiana University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Gray is admitted to practice in the states of Illinois and Colorado, and he is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

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