Diane Huff is a transactional lawyer whose practice focuses particularly on real estate matters. Diane has extensive experience in a wide range of real estate transactions, including property acquisitions and dispositions, financing, commercial leasing, build-to-suit leasing, ground leasing, property development, including the development of vertically subdivided mixed-use properties and real estate property management work. She has substantial experience in representing real estate investors, lenders, developers, corporate clients and non-profit organizations (including educational institutions and healthcare organizations) in connection with real estate transactions involving a broad variety of property uses including office, industrial, healthcare, educational, retail, shopping center, hotel and mixed-use projects.

As counsel and local counsel, Diane has represented numerous banks and institutional lenders, as well as borrowers in real estate financing transactions, including acquisition, construction, and permanent financings and refinancings. In the course of her practice, she has assisted numerous clients in the development of form documents for use in a variety of real estate transactions.

In addition, Diane has done considerable work representing landlords and tenants in commercial lease and ground lease transactions, including general office, medical office, industrial, retail, educational and restaurant use, with a particular emphasis on medical office leasing. Diane has represented major healthcare providers, as landlords and as tenants, in medical office leasing, subleasing and timeshare lease transactions. She advises clients on healthcare regulatory compliance matters including the structuring of transactions so that they comply with regulations applicable to healthcare providers such as the Stark and Anti-Kickback regulations. She has worked closely with clients’ property managers, construction consultants, brokers, and real estate consultants on real estate matters related to ongoing property operations and management.

Diane also has in-depth experience representing communications companies relative to their real estate interests. Diane has represented major telecommunications companies involved in leasing sites for communications towers and equipment for the delivery of cellular phone and WiMax services.

Diane joined Mayer Brown in 1984.

Spoken Languages

  • English


University of Illinois College of Law, LLB
Order of the Coif

Augustana College, BA, magna cum laude
Member, Phi Beta Kappa


  • Illinois