Miller Canfield is pleased to announce that commercial real estate attorney LaVon Johns has joined the firm’s Chicago office.
Johns will be a key member of Miller Canfield’s P3 (public-private partnerships) team and the firm’s real estate group. Her practice focuses on real estate transactions, MBE/WBE (minority business enterprise/women’s business enterprise) certification and nonprofit law.
Johns has significant experience in advising governments in public/private partnership infrastructure transactions. During the past 16 years, she has acted as lead real estate counsel to the City of Chicago in a $1.8 billion transaction in the privatization of the Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge, a $563 million transaction in the privatization of the Chicago Parking Garage System and the initial $2.8 billion proposed privatization of Chicago’s Midway International Airport.
For nearly 20 years, Johns has also advised nonprofit and faith-based institutions, foundations and organizations. She has provided legal counsel to some of the most recognized faith-based organizations in the Chicago area on issues relating to nonprofit federal and state law governance, governmental compliance and 501 regulatory issues, commercial real estate development, real property gifts issues, property tax issues, foreclosure and workouts. She has been named one of the 100 Top Women in Real Estate by the Illinois Real Estate Journal for the past seven years.
Johns joins Miller Canfield from Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer’s Chicago office. She is an adjunct professor at the Northwestern University School of Law, where she teaches Structured Transactions/Commercial Real Estate Transactions. She is the Vice Chair of the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and she will serve as chair next year.
Johns is a graduate of Creighton University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, and the Northwestern University School of Law.