Marlene Nations is a partner in Dentons' Real Estate practice and is widely recognized as one of Chicago's most versatile practitioners. She is especially well known for her experience in multifamily housing, having represented owners and developers in the construction and financing of more than 4,000 new multifamily units, including the recent acquisition and financing of a downtown Chicago high-rise containing 332 apartment units.
Marlene also counsels clients in connection with the acquisition, development, ownership, financing and sale of all types of commercial real estate, from residential mixed-use complexes to high-rise office properties in major metropolitan areas. Of note, Marlene's 2011 representation of Hartz Mountain Industries, in its acquisition of a luxury rental apartment building in Chicago, was named a Wall Street Journal "Deal of the Week."
In addition to structuring highly complex transactions, Marlene also represents numerous clients on restructurings of distressed real estate assets. She regularly and adeptly handles contentious multi-property workouts, deed in lieu of foreclosures and single asset dispositions.
Marlene is also widely recognized for her capabilities in the field of low income housing tax credits and affordable housing, having represented developers, lenders and investors in numerous projects across the country. She is particularly well versed in the requirements of government lending agencies for market-rate and low income housing projects. Marlene speaks regularly on these issues and on a variety of other topics relating to affordable housing; she has presented on workouts at the American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing, and she has served as a panelist on the Equity Market for Developers panel at the Novogradac Tax Credit Developers Conference.
Activities and Affiliations
Marlene is an active member of the community. She is the national chair of the Northwestern University Law School Fund Board and serves on the Executive Committee of Northwestern University's Council of One Hundred, a women's mentoring organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Northwestern's undergraduate and graduate women students and young alumnae. She also volunteers regularly with the Catholic Charities Legal Assistance Hotline.