Deborah Huerta advises domestic and international clients on commercial real estate matters, including real estate private equity fund formations, joint ventures and programmatic joint ventures (GP and LP), restructurings and recapitalizations, acquisitions and dispositions of real estate, and leasing of retail, office, logistics, and industrial space, including ground leases and sale-leasebacks. She also advises clients on the real estate aspects of M&A, energy, and bankruptcy transactions and assists the Firm's Fortune 500 clients with management of their real estate assets.
Deborah regularly works with clients such as Whitman/Peterson Partners, MARK Capital Management Limited (f.k.a. Meyer Bergman Limited), Henderson Park Capital Management, Mill Creek Residential Trust, NW1 Partners, Bally's Corporation, The Carlyle Group, Blackstone Group, NRG Energy, and Navistar International Corporation. Other notable representations include assisting The Ohio State University in connection with a P3 (public-private partnership) infrastructure transaction for the monetization of its energy assets.
In addition, Deborah leverages her real estate knowledge and prior clerking experience to counsel clients on transactional and litigation pro bono matters. Her pro bono work has included representing Anixter Center, Family Focus, and Landmarks Illinois. She also assisted a juvenile sentenced to life without parole in obtaining a reduced sentence under the Miller v. Alabama decision.
Deborah is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Association.
"Incredibly diligent and careful."Chambers USA
- University of Michigan (J.D. magna cum laude 2013, Order of the Coif, Executive Editor of Incorporation — Michigan Law Review; M.A. 2009; B.A. with highest distinction 2006)
Chambers USA: Real Estate, Illinois, "Associates to Watch" (2021, 2022, and 2023) — described as "a real estate attorney with particular experience in the private equity sector" and "incredibly diligent and careful" (2021) and as "a great attorney" with "superior attention to detail in drafting and reviewing documents" (2023)
Illinois Super Lawyers: "Rising Star" (2023)
Best Lawyers: "Ones to Watch" (2024)
- Law Clerk to Judge John J. Tharp Jr., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2014-2015)