"'assertive and sensitive'…clients praised Ivan Kane's ability to 'work calmly and confidently in deals'"
Chambers USA


Ivan Kane focuses his practice on real estate acquisition, development and financing. He represents developers, corporations, institutions and individuals in the purchase and sale of commercial real estate; various development and predevelopment activities, including annexation, zoning, and other land use approvals; negotiations involving acquisition, construction, interim, and permanent loans; leasing; and other real estate needs.

Ivan also represents banks, insurance companies, savings and loans, and other financial institutions in acquisition, construction, interim, and permanent mortgage loans for office buildings, hotels, multi-family properties, single-family construction and other types of property. He has extensive experience with miscellaneous real estate-related financing. He is also experienced with workouts, restructurings, deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure and other transactional resolutions to distressed debt situations.

Ivan was one of 114 individuals nationwide named to the 2005 BTI Client Service All-Star Team, which honors attorneys identified by their Fortune 1000 clients as providing outstanding client service. According to Chambers USA, “clients describe him as ‘an expert in real estate finance who brings calm and evenhanded leadership to our deals’” (2015). Chambers has also noted that Ivan is a "straight shooter" (2012) and "is an excellent choice for work on the zoning side; he also specializes in representing banks and insurance companies in finance, investment and development matters. 'He is especially good at dealing with the other side on transactions in a manner that does not create hostility, in order to get the job done painlessly - he is a consummate lawyer'" (2009). Ivan has also been lauded by clients for his ability to “work calmly and confidently in deals.” Chambers USA 2007. Ivan has been listed the last four years by Super Lawyers, the last four years by Best Lawyers, and he is also included by Leading Lawyers in the top 100 list for real estate lawyers in Illinois.

Spoken Languages

  • English


The University of Chicago Law School, JD
Law Week Award, Casper Platt Award

The University of Chicago, BA, with highest honors
Phi Beta Kappa


  • Illinois


  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Visiting Committee, University of Chicago Division of the Humanities
  • Best Lawyers 2016 Lawyer of the Year (Land Use and Zoning Law)