An active member of both the Illinois and Ohio Bars, Brad uses a creative approach to assisting clients with hospitality, real estate, and business matters. He provides counsel to owners, operators, and receivers of hotel, office, multifamily, and industrial properties with their real estate, finance, leasing, construction, and organizational challenges, as well as business clients including IT consultants, manufacturers, distributors, and lenders. Specifically, he assists hotel/hospitality clients with acquisitions and sales, and by negotiating and drafting hospitality, purchase, sale, financing, leasing, construction, franchise, management, and food and beverage agreements. He also serves as general counsel and national real estate counsel to several domestic and internationally based public and privately held companies who rely on him for guidance as they undertake projects across the country.
Brad represents foreign businesses doing business in the United States and U.S. businesses doing business abroad, and is a former Chairman of World Services Group, an international consortium of legal and other professionals. Brad is also a member of Counselors of Real Estate, an international organization of real estate professionals. He has achieved the highest rating, AV Preeminent®, from Martindale-Hubbell®. Brad is also is the creator and former editor of the Real Estate Advisor Law blog, a tool that highlights articles and observations of Ulmer attorneys on various trends and opportunities affecting the commercial real estate and construction industry, and is a frequent speaker on internet and social media issues.
(B.A., Economics, 1983)