Brian L.Sedlak

Practice Leader Real Estate

Chicago + 1.312.269.4334

Brian Sedlak co-leads Jones Day's Real Estate Practice worldwide and oversees the Firm's Corporate Real Estate Services Practice (CRES). He advises clients on large-scale infrastructure projects and represents Fortune 500 companies, large U.S. developers, and real estate funds with their real estate portfolios and investments. He represents the owners and financing parties of major infrastructure assets in the United States, including sports facilities, power generation facilities, parking facilities, and toll roads. He also has significant experience in portfolio sale-leaseback transactions; engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) agreements; general secured financing; joint ventures; and annexation and development of real property.

Brian has led some of the largest public-private partnership (P3) infrastructure transactions in the United States, including representing The Ohio State University in connection with the monetization of its parking facilities for $483 million and Northeastern University's parking P3 monetization transaction. He has led numerous energy P3 transactions, including energy monetization projects for The Ohio State University (in excess of $1 billion), the University of Iowa (in excess of $1 billion), the University of Idaho (in excess of $200 million), and Georgetown University. He also has represented companies in development and construction projects for coal-fired plants, biomass facilities, mines, wind farms, and air quality control systems. In addition, Brian represents Fortune 500 companies in all aspects of their real estate, including disaggregations, portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, and leasing.

Brian is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and a board member of the Dean's Advisory Counsel for the Department of Business and Management of Northeastern Illinois University. He also serves on the boards of MetroSquash (chair) and The Grant Park Orchestral Association.


  • Angelos Family agrees to sell control stake in Baltimore Orioles to Baltimore native David RubensteinJones Day is advising the Baltimore Orioles in connection with the sale of a controlling interest in the Orioles to a diverse investor group led by David Rubenstein that includes Michael Arougheti, Mitchell Goldstein, Michael Smith, and Maryland leaders, philanthropists, and sports legends.
  • Hard Rock partners with Steve Cohen to bid for casino and entertainment complex in New YorkJones Day advised Hard Rock International in connection with its partnership with Steve Cohen, owner of the New York Mets, for a bid to secure a downstate New York gaming license.
  • VSE Corporation partners with The Loar Group to acquire Desser AerospaceJones Day advised VSE Corporation (NASDAQ: VSEC) ("VSE") in its acquisition (the "Acquisition") of Desser Aerospace ("Desser") for a purchase price of $124 million.
  • AAR acquires TraxJones Day advised AAR CORP. in the acquisition of Trax USA Corp., a leading independent provider of aircraft MRO and fleet management software, for a purchase price of $120 million in cash, plus up to a $20 million earn-out payment based on specified adjusted revenues in calendar year 2023 and 2024.
  • Hard Rock International refinances existing term loan facilitiesJones Day represented Hard Rock International in connection with the refinancing of its senior secured term loan facility and revolving credit facilities.
  • Agencias Universales S.A. (AGUNSA) acquires 75% of the Carver Maritime Manatee port terminal operator in FloridaJones Day advised Agencias Universales S.A. (AGUNSA) in the acquisition of a 75% equity interest in Carver Maritime Manatee, a terminal operator at SeaPort Manatee, a deep water seaport located at the entrance to Tampa Bay in northern Manatee County, Florida.
  • Hard Rock International acquires The Mirage Las Vegas Hotel and CasinoJones Day represented Hard Rock International (Hard Rock) on the acquisition of The Mirage Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from MGM Resorts International.
  • AIC sells Orlando industrial parkJones Day advised AIC in the sale of its 25 building, 829,824 square foot, industrial park in Orlando, Florida to SREIT Longwood FL Holdings, L.L.C., an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group.
  • The Duchossois Group sells The Chamberlain Group LLC to BlackstoneJones Day advised The Duchossois Group, Inc. in the sale of The Chamberlain Group LLC, a global leader in smart access solutions, to private equity funds managed by Blackstone.
  • DigitalBridge Group, Inc. expands Vantage SDC (Stabilized Data Centers)Jones Day advised Vantage Data Centers on the expansion of the Vantage SDC (Stabilized Data Centers) platform by DigitalBridge Group, Inc. with the acquisition of CA22, a 24MW hyperscale data center serving the strategic Santa Clara, California market, for $539 million.
  • U.S. Steel sells Transtar, LLC to Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors for $640 millionJones Day represented United States Steel Corporation, an integrated steel producer with major production operations in the United States and Central Europe, in connection with the sale of its wholly owned short-line railroad subsidiary, Transtar, LLC, to a subsidiary of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC for $640 million.
  • Skyworks Solutions acquires Infrastructure and Automotive business of Silicon Laboratories for $2.75 billionJones Day advised Skyworks Solutions, Inc., an innovator of high-performance analog semiconductors, in connection with its acquisition of the Infrastructure and Automotive business of Silicon Laboratories Inc. (NASDAQ: SLAB), a leading provider of silicon, software, and solutions, in an all-cash asset transaction valued at $2.75 billion.
  • Navistar sells Melrose Park, Illinois, campus to developerJones Day advised Navistar International Corporation in the sale of its Melrose Park, Illinois, facility to a developer who has an actionable plan to redevelop the parcel into a state-of-the-art industrial business park.
  • Bally's Corporation acquires Tropicana Evansville casino in series of transactions valued at $624 million in the aggregateJones Day advised Bally's Corporation in the $624 million acquisition of the Tropicana Evansville casino operations from Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
  • Georgetown University announces partnership for comprehensive energy P3 agreement with ENGIEJones Day represented Georgetown University in connection with the negotiation and commercial close of a comprehensive energy P3 agreement with ENGIE.
  • LSC Communications sells former printing facilityJones Day advised LSC Communications, Inc. in its sale of a former printing facility in Reno, Nevada.
  • Navistar International acquires new property in San Antonio, Texas to house support functionsJones Day advised Navistar International Corporation in its acquisition of a new property in San Antonio, which includes existing buildings that will house support functions for its under-construction plant in the area.
  • Bally's forms $120 million joint venture with Ira Lubert to construct and operate state-of-the-art casino in Centre County, PennsylvaniaJones Day is advising Bally's Corporation in its $120 million joint venture with Ira Lubert to jointly design, develop, construct, and manage a Category 4 licensed casino to be located within a 15-mile radius of Unionville Borough, Centre County, Pennsylvania, and majority equity interest in the partnership, including 100% of the economic interests of all retail sports betting, online sports betting, and iGaming activities associated with the project.
  • Twin River Worldwide Holdings acquires three casinos from Eldorado and Caesars for $180 millionJones Day advised Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. in the $155 million acquisition of Eldorado Shreveport Resort and Casino in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, from Eldorado Resorts, Inc., and Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino in New Jersey from Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Vici Properties Inc. for $25 million.
  • University of Idaho announces public-private partnership for concession of university's utility systemJones Day represented the University of Idaho in connection with the University's public-private partnership with a joint venture between Plenary and Sacyr for a 50-year lease and concession of the University’s energy assets.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • June 6, 2013
      Jones Day Chicago 2013 MCLE University
    • February 14, 2013
      Jones Day Regional Energy Conference, Harnessing Regional Opportunity in the new Energy Economy
    • May 19, 2011
      Jones Day MCLE University - Chicago
    • May 5, 2010
      Real Estate Outlook: Navigating & Prospering in 2010
    • November 18, 2009
      Wind Energy Development: Real-Estate Related Legal Issues with Wind Energy, ABA Webcast
    • August 4, 2009
      Anywhere the Wind Blows: Real Estate Related Issues for Wind Farm Developments, ABA Annual Convention
    • July 27-29, 2009
      CORENET: Managing Projects in Global Markets, COnstruction and Real Estate NETwork
    • June 4, 2009
      Leasing: Legal Perspectives, NAIOP Advanced Development Practices Course
    • March 7, 2008
      Infrastructure In the U.S. - Salient Issues, Association of German Public Sector Banks
    • April 28-29, 2007
      CORENET: Managing Projects in Global Markets, COnstruction and Real Estate NETwork
    • April 25-27, 2007
      Developing Infrastructure for the Public Sector from a Bidders Perspective, U.S. Infrastructure Summit
    • June 4, 2006
      What the Experts Think: The State of Chicago Real Estate,  Chicago Real Estate Organization (CREO)
    • July 25-26, 2005
      Complex Portfolio and International Investments, Non-Core Real Estate Funds Forum, Institute for International Research
    • July 25-26, 2005
      CORENET: Advanced Office Leasing, COnstruction and Real Estate NETwork
    • July 25-26, 2005
      CORENET: Construction Law, COnstruction and Real Estate NETwork
    • 2005
      Impact of Expanded 401K-type DC Pension Plans on Labor Mobility and FDI, METI