Schiff Hardin partner Janet M. Johnson has been inducted into the Midwest Real Estate News 2012 Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who are “the biggest names in the commercial real estate industry.” Ms. Johnson’s profile in the December 2012 issue of Midwest Real Estate News attributes this honor to her deep knowledge of the real estate industry, her work ethic, the level of trust she earns from her clients and her community service work. Ms. Johnson concentrates her practice in commercial real estate transactions and general corporate matters, particularly those involving the representation of closely held businesses and nonprofits. She regularly represents publicly held and closely held corporations, developers, contractors, institutional investors, and nonprofit organizations and institutions, blending the unique requirements of nonprofits with their real estate development projects. She also has worked on the real estate aspects of independent power projects for non-regulated subsidiaries of public utility companies and independent ventures.
In addition to the time she dedicates to her clients, Ms. Johnson volunteers significant time to nonprofit organizations and industry groups. She currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Regents of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., as President of LCMS National Housing Support Corporation in St. Louis, Mo., and as President of CREW Chicago (Commercial Real Estate Executive Women of Chicago). Ms. Johnson has represented a community/church-based nonprofit in building and renovating affordable homes in the Chicago North Kenwood Oakland neighborhood for the past 14 years and, for the past 15 years, has represented a Chicago-based nonprofit providing services to victims of domestic violence in acquiring and rehabilitating an apartment building for use as transitional housing for its clients.
Previously, she served for 12 years as a member (and for six years as vice chair) of the board of directors of The Lutheran Church Extension Fund – Missouri Synod, for nine years on the board of directors of The Northern Illinois District of the LCMS, and for 12 years on the board of trustees of Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois.
Ms. Johnson has received numerous other awards and honors for her work as a real estate industry attorney, including being named a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL). She is named to Illinois Super Lawyers, the Illinois Leading Lawyers Network, including as a “Top 10 Women Real Estate-Related Lawyer,” and is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Including Ms. Johnson, 73 commercial real estate professionals were named to the 2012 Hall of Fame. They include developers, brokers, attorneys and other industry professionals. Ms. Johnson is one of eight women to be inducted this year.