Justin Bender - McDermott Will & Emery


Justin Bender focuses his practice on complex real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, financings, joint ventures and development work. He represents developers, lenders, REITs, real estate funds, private equity firms, pension funds and other institutional investors.

While in law school, Justin participated in the Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business.


  • Represented a client with respect to all aspects of a $3 billion mixed use development*
  • Represented a client with respect to the acquisitions and dispositions of over $1 billion of industrial properties*
  • Represented a client with respect to the real estate components of a multi-billion dollar retail bankruptcy*

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  • The Legal 500 US, Recommended, 2023
  • Law360, Rising Star: Real Estate, 2017
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2012-2014


Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2005
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BA, 2002