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Janet H. Winningham



Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D.
  • Hugh L. Dick Memorial Award for Outstanding Performance in the Area of Taxation
  • Loyola Law Journal, Editor
DePaul University, B.A.
  • with dinstinction

Prior Employment

  • Ginsberg Jacobs, LLC, Of Counsel, 2009-2015
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Partner, 1998-2009
  • McDonald's Corporation, Senior Attorney, 1996-1998
  • Illinois Housing Development Authority, Senior Counsel, 1992-1996
  • Jenner & Block, Partner, 1982-1992

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Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

International Council of Shopping Centers

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Janet Winningham is a real estate attorney with more than 30 years of experience representing owners, lenders, and developers in complex commercial and financing transactions. She advises clients on leasehold mortgages, complex project-based financing, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, and build-to-suit transactions.

  • Represents owners and developers in connection with construction projects, including single short-term projects to complex, multiyear, multi-phased, multimillion-dollar developments
  • Handles client projects in a wide spectrum of industries, including five-star hotels, hospital expansion and large-scale renovation projects, assisted living facilities, and sports facilities
  • Represents lenders in first mortgage loans, mezzanine loans, construction loans, sale-leaseback transactions, and other structured financings


  • Represented lenders in leasehold mortgage loans financing the development of high-profile student housing projects
  • Represented a developer in the ground lease and acquisition of real estate for construction of a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center on a hospital campus, with complex project financing, design, construction, and management of multi-phased development
  • Represented developers of large construction projects, such as five-star hotels, corporate headquarters, office buildings, and the construction of interior tenant spaces
  • Represented clients in the development of playing fields for major league sports teams
  • Counseled clients, negotiated contracts, and participated in the construction and development of a structural steel mill and finishing line
  • Represented landlords and tenants in complex property development and office leases
  • Served as outside general real estate counsel for the legal implementation of an expansion program for a multinational corporate tenant with more than six million square feet under lease
  • Handled refinancing of $300 million multi-property real estate portfolio


Hoyne Savings Bank, Chicago, IL

  • Board of Directors

Nazareth Academic Institute, Galilee, Israel

  • International Advisory Council

Nazareth Academic Institute, Inc. (U.S. 501(c)(3))

  • Board of Directors, Treasurer

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Press Releases


  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Illinois Real Estate Edition 
    • Selected by peers as a leading lawyer in:
      • Real Estate Law: Commercial
      • Real Estate Law: Finance
    • Named as one of the Top 100 Leading Women Real Estate Related Lawyers, 2016
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2006