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Sarah S. Shaw



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


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Sarah Shaw is a Partner in Honigman’s Chicago office in the Real Estate practice where she concentrates on routine to complex transactions, with a particular focus on strategic acquisitions, dispositions and financings, involving a full range of asset classes from retail to healthcare, as well as multi-family, office and corporate real estate.  She regularly represents real estate investment trusts and middle-market private equity funds and corporations in their entire range of real estate activities. Representative transactions have ranged from $1 billion portfolio dispositions to several million dollar single property ground leases.

Clients “recognize how important her work is in getting the deal over the finish line” and value that she is “meticulous in her work, accessible to our legal and business team and provides advice and guidance to balance legal issues with business needs” (Leading Lawyers).

Sarah’s client focused approach was honed in her position as associate counsel at a national real estate investment trust, prior to joining Honigman.  In her in-house position she worked on both the investment and capital markets teams comprised to dispose of non-core assets and to refinance remaining portfolios. As a result, the client’s point of view is a guiding principle when proceeding with a matter.


Representative Matters

  • Represented a national owner of grocery anchored shopping centers in the acquisition of shopping centers in target markets and dispositions of non-core shopping centers, including the sale of a ground leases.
  • Represented private lender in three tranche financing facility secured by mortgages on 18 healthcare facilities located in eight different states.
  • Represent nursing home owner in disposition of portfolio of nursing home facilities.
  • Represented the 90% member in a joint venture investment in a public/private multi- family development.
  • Represented corporate clients in headquarters and space leases to maximize real estate efficiencies.
  • Represented the seller in the disposition of fifty four (54) manufactured home communities through an equity sale transaction.

Prior Experience

  • 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



  • The Best Lawyers In America, 2021
    • Recognized in the practice area of Real Estate Law
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Illinois, 2017-2020
    • Recognized in practice area of Commercial and Finance Real Estate Law

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Urban Land Institute
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Illinois Bar Association, Real Estate Section
  • Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law Firms


  • Provide pro bono services to Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in assemblage of land and buildings for Waukegan Campus
  • Provide pro bono services to Aspire Chicago

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