Alexander C. Pappas

Of Counsel Chicago


Alex’s practice focuses on real estate transactions, commercial leasing, asset-backed financing, joint ventures and land development. Through his hands-on approach, he has been involved in a range of notable mixed use, retail, hotel, multi-family residential, office and hospitality projects throughout Chicago and the metropolitan area.

Alex’s background in banking and finance provides him with the ability to grasp complex transactions and quickly provide reliable and sound advice. He assists in corporate formations and business transactions, contract negotiations, commercial lease negotiations, asset purchase agreements, business entity formations, and private placements for fundraising/equity matters. With a wide range of experience in finance, commercial real estate and technology, Alex brings a depth of knowledge outside of the legal industry to each and every client he consults with.

Outside of practicing law, Alex is also active in the community.  Deeply engrained with his alma mater, Chicago-Kent (IIT), Alex is currently an adjunct professor of Legal Writing and is a key member of the school’s incubator program, where he advises start-up law firms on identifying potential markets and brand development, and how to recognize and seize business opportunities in addition to the practice of law. Additionally, Alex is regularly invited to speak at a variety of seminars and panels in the Chicago area, and previously served as an adjunct professor of Real Estate Finance at Kendall College’s School of Hospitality Management.

Alex has been named an Illinois Super Lawyers “Rising Star” since 2016.


  • Honoree, Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Real Estate

    (2016 – present)


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law (2009)
  • Elmhurst College, B.S. (2006)

    magna cum laude


  • State - Illinois
  • Federal - Northern District of Illinois

Speeches and Publications

  • “Real Estate Law and Cannabis Legislation,” co-moderator, Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Section Real Estate Law Committee seminar, November 2019
  • “Entity Formation and Developing Niche Practices,” IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Solo & Small Practice Incubator, February 2019
  • “Commercial Real Estate Practice Points,” Greater Illinois Title Company, December 2016
  • “Commercial Leasing,” Chicago Bar Association, November 2016
  • “Commercial Leasing Seminar,” Financial Poise, March 2016
  • “How to Negotiate a Commercial Lease,” Chicago Bar Association, January 2015
  • “Commercial Sales and Leasing,” Chicago Bar Association, March 2014