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Kevin M. Carrara

Kevin M. Carrara

Attorney at Law

My name is Kevin M. Carrara.  I concentrate my practice in three main areas: (1) estate planning; (2) corporate counsel; and (3) real estate acquisitions, finance, leasing and development.

As an estate planner, I am mindful that nobody really likes to talk about sickness and end of life—that is understandable.  Which is why I work closely with clients to listen to and understand their goals and help them prepare an estate plan to protect their wishes, assets, and family.

As a corporate counselor, I function as general counsel for corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships, and their shareholders, managers, partners, and executive officers with respect to a wide variety of legal matters. My corporate counsel runs the gamut from organization options, succession planning, asset or stock purchases, buy-sell agreements, to technology and intellectual property protection.  In such capacities, I have had significant experiences as counselor and advisor allowing me to fully understand the all-important business side of the law and I pride myself on working closely with clients to become a trusted business adviser with a keen focus on their long-term needs.

I counsel my clients on their acquisitions, development, ownership, leasing, financing and sales of all types of commercial real estate from industrial buildings, multi-unit complexes, build-to-suit office buildings, warehouse/distribution facilities, shopping centers, vacant land and large residential subdivisions.  My development and entitlement practice includes activity before municipal and county boards and commissions, and I have represented clients in hundreds of negotiations and public hearings before these governmental bodies. In the area of real estate finance, I have represented both the borrower and the lender in connection with structured finance transactions, including single-asset and multi-property mortgage loans, mezzanine financing and sale/leaseback transactions.  Having the experience of representing both the borrower and lender in these types of transactions allows me the opportunity to utilize my familiarity of the deal structures to efficiently negotiate the loan and venture documents thereby streamlining what at times can be a difficult and costly process.


  • 2001 State of Illinois

  • 2001 U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

  • 2004 U.S. Supreme Court

  • 2010 Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois

  • 2017 State of Wisconsin


·       John Marshall Law School

·       Northern Illinois University (B.S., Finance)