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Ruth A. Schoenmeyer

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Illinois

Education

J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1995

  • Recipient, Case Club Senior Judge Award
  • Recipient, First Year Legal Writing Award

B.A., in English Literature with Highest Distinction, University of Michigan, 1992

  • Phi Beta Kappa
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Ruth A. Schoenmeyer joined Pircher, Nichols & Meeks in 2014, and is a partner in the firm's Chicago office. The focus of Ruth's practice is retail leasing, but she also has extensive experience representing both landlords and tenants in office and industrial lease transactions.

Ruth frequently speaks and writes about a variety of leasing issues. Recent topics have included exclusives (workshop for International Council of Shopping Centers), SNDAs and estoppels (seminar for Practising Law Institute), and co-tenant lawsuits (article for Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy).

Honors & Awards

Martindale-Hubbell: AV rating (highest rating).
McDonald’s Corporation: Outstanding Development Attorney, 1999, 2001, 2011 and 2012.

Ms. Schoenmeyer has extensive experience, both in-house and in private practice, representing both landlords and tenants in a variety of leasing transactions. Prior to joining Pircher, Nichols & Meeks, Ms. Schoenmeyer was Senior Counsel at a major fast food chain, where she negotiated leases and purchase agreements with respect to new restaurants and office space. She also handled site maintenance issues, including condemnations, CAM disputes, easements, environmental issues and various landlord/tenant disputes.

Some of Ruth’s favorite transactions include the following:

  • Negotiation, on behalf of a landlord, of the lease for a technology tenant’s flagship store on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.
  • Negotiation, on behalf of a restaurant tenant, of a 99-year ground lease in Manhattan. The restaurant had sold a developer a parcel on which the developer intended to construct an upscale high-rise condo building, and the developer agreed to give the restaurant a retail condo unit on the ground floor. After the developer refused to honor its agreement, lawsuits were filed, and eventually, the ground lease was negotiated in connection with the settlement of the lawsuit.
  • Negotiation, on behalf of a landlord, of a multi-floor office lease for an online travel company tenant.
  • Negotiation, on behalf of a tenant, of a multi-floor office lease for a bank. 

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Member, Editorial Board, Shopping Center Law & Strategy (2017-present)
  • Acquisitions Editor, American Bar Association, Section of Real Property Trust & Estate Law (2015-present)
  • Vice Chair, Leasing Group, American Bar Association, Section of Real Property Trust & Estate Law (2015-present)
  • Chair, Retail Leasing Committee, American Bar Association, Section of Real Property Trust & Estate Law (2011-2015)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Illinois Legal Aid Online (2011-2015)
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (2013-present)
  • Co-President, Longfellow Elementary School PTO (2010-2011)
  • Chair, Assignment and Subletting Committee, American Bar Association, Section of Real Property Trust & Estate Law (2009-2011)
  • Editor, Programs Committee, CREW (Commercial Real Estate Executive Women) Chicago (2009-2010)
  • Member, Programs Committee, Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms (2009-2010)