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Ms. Higgins is the General Counsel – Real Estate of Griffin Capital Company, LLC and is based in the firm’s Chicago office.
Prior to joining Griffin, Ms. Higgins was a partner at the law firm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Higgins has been Griffin’s primary real estate transaction counsel for more than 11 years and she worked together with Griffin’s principals on nearly all of the firm’s acquisition, due diligence, leasing, financing and disposition activities during that time period.
Ms. Higgins has over 30 years of experience representing both public and private real estate owners, tenants and investors in commercial real estate matters, including development, leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, and securitized and non-securitized financings. Representative transactions include sales and dispositions of regional malls, including some of the premiere regional malls in the nation; sale of a golf course in an UPREIT structure; a $38 million credit tenant loan transaction; acquisition of various Florida office properties for a $150 million office property equity fund; representation of the ground lessor in a subordinated tenant development ground lease and a $350 million property roll up. Ms. Higgins has extensive experience in commercial leasing issues, including office, retail and industrial properties (including multi-state industrial sale/leasebacks) and is the author of the chapter entitled “Due Diligence on Commercial Leases” in the Real Estate Transactions volume published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. She assists the Chicago Economic Community Development Law Project by training volunteer attorneys to provide legal services to participants in the CHA “Choose To Own” program. She is a mentor in the Harold Eisenberg Foundation mentoring program and is a mediator certified through the Center for Conflict Resolution, Chicago, Illinois.