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Sarah S. Shaw



Tulane University Law School, J.D.
George Washington University, B.A.

Prior Employment

  • Vedder Price P.C., Shareholder, 2016-2019; Associate, 2012-2016
  • Retail Properties of America, Inc. (formerly named Inland Western Retail Real Estate Trust, Inc.), Associate Counsel, 2009-2012
  • Richmond Breslin, LLP, Associate, 2007-2009
  • Wildman, Harrold, Allen and Dixon LLP, Associate, 2006-2007
  • Katz, Randall and Weinberg, Associate, 1988-1992
  • Chicago Title Insurance Company, Attorney Examiner, 1986-1988

Bar Admissions

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member, Real Estate Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law Firms 
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Sarah Shaw focuses her practice on commercial real estate transactions. She represents REITs, private equity firms, lenders and corporations in the purchase, sale, financing, construction and leasing of all types of real estate, including shopping centers, office buildings, multi-family properties and industrial facilities. Her counsel ranges from negotiating the controlling documents through finalizing the transaction and managing the delivery of all legal documents and services.


  • Represented REIT client in the acquisition of a mixed use residential and retail property in a Northshore suburb of Chicago, IL.
  • Represented REIT client in the disposition of a ground lease shopping center with national tenants located in Tallahassee, FL.
  • Represented preferred equity partner in joint venture investment in mixed use retail and apartment building development project located in Westminster, CO
  • Represented private equity client as the subject matter expert for a stock purchase transaction involving leases for corporate manufacturing facility in Tucson, AZ leased from related party landlord.
  • Represented private lender in documenting security instruments for a three tranche, loan secured by mortgages on 18 healthcare facilities located in eight different states.
  • Represented the 90% member in a joint venture constructing an apartment/retail building that is part of a public/private development in Denver, Colorado. 
  • Represented a national retail REIT in the acquisition of shopping center in the Seattle metropolitan area. 
  • Represented national client in the sale of a ground lease in Fresno, California.


  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Illinois, 2018-2019
    Recognized in practice area of Real Estate