Kaitlin Duran practices primarily in real estate, representing clients in a wide range of commercial deals—including investment fund acquisitions, loan transactions, property acquisitions and sales, corporate M&A deals, lease negotiations, and development projects. Her work has also included private client and corporate counselling.

Kaitlin excels in complex work representing clients in large, multi-state, and multi-entity transactions. She also tackles smaller deals and private client counseling with equal dedication. In both contexts, Kaitlin values organization, communication, creativity, and a hands-on work approach to keep deals moving smoothly and to keep clients satisfied.

When working with clients, Kaitlin listens first and always. She knows that hearing and understanding a client’s needs is critical to delivering exceptional results.

  • Experience


    • Represented an Illinois developer in connection with its joint-venture acquisition and financing of a Chicago development project.
    • Assisting a real estate company in its joint-venture ground lease project developing a shopping mall center on the east coast.

    Acquisitions and Sales

    • Closed a 28-property acquisition for a REIT involving a loan of over $240 million.
    • Assisted a real estate company in its $170 million dollar sale of a commercial office building in downtown Chicago.
    • Assisted a real estate company in its $53 million dollar sale of a multi-unit Illinois apartment complex.
    • Assisted a real estate company it its $32 million dollar acquisition of a commercial office building in downtown Chicago with over 45 commercial and retail tenants.
    • Represented a regional manufacturing company in its sale of an office building and related property.
    • Represented a carbon manufacturer in connection with its merger involving an industrial facility owned by the target entity. 
    • Represented numerous private clients in the purchases and sales of residences in various states.
    • Represented a national company in the dental office leasing business in a 28-property sale-leaseback transaction spanning 14 states.


    • Represented a stone and concrete refractory manufacturer and supplier with its lease of an industrial office and warehouse building.
    • Assisted a national electronics supplier in its leasing of an industrial warehouse building.
    • Represented multiple nonprofit organizations in their leases of downtown Chicago commercial office spaces.
    • Represents a national food supplier with its tenant leasing and subleasing needs


    • Represented an investment client in its $98 million refinancing of two apartment complexes in California.
    • Assisted a lender client in its $40 million mortgage and mezzanine financing of six multi-state nursing home properties.
    • Assisted a national dental office leasing business in securing $150 million and $40 million loan facilities. Regularly assist the same client with various collateral swaps and other refinancing and restructuring deals related to the facilities.
    • Regularly assists investment and development company clients in securing building and construction loans for industrial properties throughout Illinois.
  • Credentials


    • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., 2014, cum laude
      Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality, Executive Business Editor
    • Fordham University, M.S., Teaching, 2011
    • Indiana University, B.A., English, 2009

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois

            Professional Memberships

            • American Bar Association
            • Illinois Bar Association
            • IU Maurer Chicago Young Alumni Committee 
            • Associate member of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Chicago
          • Insights

            News Release

            Schiff Hardin Advises Wintrust in Two Chicago-Area Bank Acquisitions

            Schiff Hardin advised Wintrust Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: WTFC) on the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire STC Bancshares Corp., the parent company of STC Capital Bank, which operates five banking offices located in the communities of St. Charles, Geneva, and South Elgin, Ill.

            News Release

            Schiff Hardin Advises Wintrust on Three Year-End Acquisitions

            Schiff Hardin LLP advised Wintrust Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: WTFC) on the recent completion of three bank and financial institution acquisitions.


            Update: FinCEN Issues Revised Regulations that Aim to Discover and Prevent Money Laundering

            On November 15, 2018, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued its sixth Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) aimed at preventing money laundering in all-cash residential real estate purchases made by legal entities.

            News Release

            Schiff Represents Pillars in Merger to Create New Innovative Organization: Pillars Community Health

            Schiff Hardin LLP represented Pillars in its merger with Community Nurse Health Center, effective January 1, 2018.


            Schiff Hardin Advises Wintrust in Acquisition of First Community Financial Corporation

            Schiff Hardin advised Wintrust Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: WTFC) on the successful completion of its $30 million acquisition of First Community Financial Corporation, the parent company of First Community Bank, an Illinois state-chartered bank.


            FinCEN Regulations Will Aim to Discover and Prevent Money Laundering

            On January 13, 2016, the Department of Treasury issued temporary regulations aimed at preventing money laundering.

          • Citizenship

            Pro Bono Activities

            • Represented a first-time home buyer in a residential home purchase through CHA’s Choose to Own Program.
            • Negotiated a favorable license agreement for a national not-for-profit financial literacy organization.
            • Participated in the representation of a prisoner class in a civil rights case against the IDOC.
            • Assisted an Illinois religious organization in protecting its special use permit.
            • Corporate counsel work for a domestic micro-finance organization.