Jennifer R. Garner

Jennifer Garner has experience working ‎on local and national matters involving ‎the acquisition, disposition, leasing and ‎financing of commercial ‎properties. She drafts and negotiates ‎purchase and sale agreements, leases, ‎financing documents, reciprocal ‎easement and operating agreements, and ‎leases.‎

Jennifer Garner has experience working on local and national matters involving the acquisition, disposition, leasing and financing of commercial properties. She drafts and negotiates purchase and sale agreements, leases, financing documents, reciprocal easement and operating agreements, and leases.

A significant portion of her practice ‎‎includes office, retail and industrial ‎‎leasing for both landlords and tenants. ‎‎Jennifer currently serves as lead landlord ‎‎counsel for eight downtown Chicago ‎‎high-rise office buildings and two ‎‎suburban Chicago high-rise office ‎‎buildings as well as lead landlord leasing ‎‎counsel for four other high-rise office ‎‎buildings in other large U.S. cities. ‎‎Jennifer is also lead landlord leasing ‎‎counsel for the regional industrial ‎‎portfolios of two institutional clients. In ‎‎addition to drafting and negotiating ‎‎leases and lease-related ‎documentation, ‎Jennifer counsels clients ‎on issues ‎related to leases and the ‎landlord and ‎tenant relationship, ‎including those ‎involving leasehold ‎improvements, ‎assignments and ‎subleases, letters of ‎credit and tenant ‎defaults.‎

Jennifer’s experience includes the representation of:

  • A major office building REIT in its nationwide leasing program, including serving as a resource for in-house and outside counsel in addressing all legal issues regarding the negotiation, transfer and enforcement of letters of credit
  • Multiple institutional property owners in negotiating office and retail leases and related ownership issues for numerous major office buildings in downtown and suburban Chicago
  • Multiple property owners in the leasing and related ownership issues for a number of office and industrial buildings located in the Chicago metropolitan area
  • Multiple office building owners in the negotiation of anchor tenant leases‎
  • Institutional owners in connection with ‎retail leasing for shopping centers and a ‎downtown, Chicago retail building‎ ‎
  • ‎A national life insurance company in ‎connection with the sale and leaseback ‎of its headquarters‎
  • A major academic medical center in connection with real estate acquisitions and development
  • A national insurance company in the acquisition and disposition of multifamily, office and industrial properties
  • An institutional retailer in the acquisition and disposition of retail shopping center developments
  • A wind farm operator in negotiating and documenting easement and license agreements
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 2008
  • B.A., English and Political Science with a Minor in Applied Statistics, with high distinction, University of Michigan, 2004
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
Professional History
    • Partner, Locke Lord LLP
    • Associate, Locke Lord LLP
    • Associate, DLA Piper (US)