Marcia Owens is a partner at Hamilton Thies & Lorch LLP. Marcia represents clients in all aspects of business transactions, including, without limitation, real estate, corporate, finance, restructuring. Marcia has experience in retail, office, industrial, and mixed use transactions, with a particular concentration in retail development and commercial leasing and the restructuring and workout of loans and distressed assets.

Marcia has represented clients in numerous transactions involving acquisitions and dispositions (including vacant, improved or income-producing assets), complex debt and equity financing, retail leasing (including the negotiation of leases with national department stores, big box retailers, junior anchors, grocery stores and national small shop tenants), and complex development and reciprocal easement agreements. Her experience spans the country, representing clients with transactions in states such as Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, California, Minnesota, Ohio and Kentucky. She often sits as an outside general counsel, managing all legal matters which may affect a client, in addition to the business transactions that Marcia handles personally. Marcia not only has the technical experience necessary for a sophisticated transaction, but prides herself on partnering with her clients to implement the strategies necessary to accomplish the client's goal and get a deal done.

Marcia is also a leader in advancing women in law. She served as chair and founder of the Women’s Global Collaborative at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP (a 650 member international law firm now merged with Locke Lord), the chair of the Women's Initiative at Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP, past President of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law and now the chair of the National Board of the Coalition leading efforts to expand into New York, Washington D.C. and beyond. She has been recognized for her achievements as a female lawyer and regularly writes and speaks on this topic

Marcia has a passion for the increased education and opportunity of children in the Chicagoland area. She represents Friends of Coonley School, a not-for-profit organization operating for the benefit of the John C. Coonley School in Chicago, has served on the Board of Trustees for the Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago, is active in Girl Scouts and has been a member of the Leadership Council of the Chicago Public Education Fund.

Education & Admissions
  • University of Iowa,
  • J.D., Order of the Coif, Note & Comment Editor, Iowa Law Review
  • University of Iowa, B.B.A., Economics with honors and high distinction

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois
Areas of Practice
  • Acquisitions, Dispositions, and Development
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Finance
  • Restructuring and Distressed Real Estate

Professional Associations

  • Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law
    • National Board Chair
    • Past President of the Chicago Coalition
  • Illinois Legal Aid Online Host Committee 2017
  • International Council of Shopping Centers

Community Associations

  • Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago, Chair of Marketing Committee and Past Trustee
  • Chicago Public Education Fund, Past Member of Leadership Council
  • Anti-Defamation League, Past Member of Women of Achievement Committee

Notable Experience

  • Represented fitness company on the acquisition and financing of the assets of approximately 30 clubs and restructuring of leases.
  • Represented secured lender on the financing and workout of a retailer with over 60 retail locations.
  • Negotiated numerous leases with retailers including Ulta, Aldi, Nordstrom, Von Maur, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Mariano’s, The Fresh Market, Jewel-Osco, Half Price Books, McDonald’s, Giordano’s, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Walgreens, Dollar Tree, Chick-fil-A, Panera, Xfinity and many others.
  • Represented owner of Oak Mill Mall for more than a decade in the financing, leasing and ultimate sale of the asset.
  • Represented investor in a sale/leaseback transaction involving 6 restaurant properties.
  • Represented regional bank in connection with the disposition and development of an approximately 50 acre mixed use development with town home, condominium and commercial parcels following a deed-in-lieu transaction.
  • Represented client in the negotiation of a $60 million line of credit and asset based financing.
  • Negotiated refinance of shopping centers in Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin with conduit and life insurance financing.
  • Represented private lender in providing bridge financing secured by transactions involving real estate and other collateral.
  • Represented stalking horse purchaser in the Giordano's bankruptcy, including the negotiation of the lease for Giordano's flagship restaurant.
  • Represented private equity client in the negotiation of an office lease for new corporate headquarters in Miami, Florida.
  • Represented distributor in the acquisition and expansion of warehouses in Illinois (involving EDGE credits), Arizona and Wisconsin, the disposition, or leasing or refinance of existing facilities.
  • Represented investor in acquisition and financing of food manufacturing facility from bankruptcy sale.
  • Represented investor in acquisition of restaurant and gaming facility from foreclosure and restructuring of license and lease arrangements on 2 separate occasions.
  • Represented retail developer in the leasing and development of a 250,000 square-foot power center plus five outlot pads in the Chicagoland metropolitan area, including the negotiation of a ground lease with site development components and reciprocal easement and maintenance agreements with a national home improvement retailer and construction loan and mezzanine financing in excess of $40 million.
  • Represented a developer in an approximately $145 million refinance of a historic loop office tower using a combination of public and private financing including TIF funds, a stimulus grant, tax credits and municipal bonds
  • Represented a joint venture in the assemblage of 13 commercial and residential properties for the development of a regional shopping center, including the acquisition and construction financing, sale to a national discount retailer, sale of outlot pads and retail leasing.

Speaking Engagements and Publications