Jill Ann Coleman

Jill Ann Coleman Partner


Jill A. Coleman

The University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (Law Review, Order of the Coif)

University of Michigan, B.A.
(with highest distinction)



Federal Trial Bar

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

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

Jill Ann Coleman is a partner in the Firm’s Banking & Financial Institutions Group. Her critical understanding of the commercial lending process across all types of credit structures allows her to pursue business opportunities for her clients while minimizing the intrinsic risks of large, complicated loans. Jill’s finance clients include major corporations, public-private ventures, commercial banks and private funds. She is particularly distinguished for her representation of borrowers in complex commercial financing transactions, including both secured (by real estate and other assets) and unsecured loans.


Jill has served as the primary counsel on financing matters for, among other clients, a large publicly held real estate investment trust (REIT), which owns and develops first-class regional shopping malls throughout the U.S. She represented this client and certain of its affiliates in connection with the $2.55 billion commercial mortgage-backed securitized (CMBS) financing of its headquarters and 28 portfolio properties – one of the single largest CMBS transactions ever consummated. Jill also represents several private developers on financing matters for joint ventures formed with branches of the U.S. Military (the Army, the Navy or the Air Force) for privatization and redevelopment of military family and unaccompanied personnel housing projects under the Residential Communities Initiative.

Additionally, Jill has advised lenders on both their customary commercial financings and their more complex and unusual transactions, including distressed loan workouts, commercial foreclosures and debtor-in-possession financings.

In December 2007, the editors and bureau chiefs of The Bond Buyer recognized Pacific Beacon LLC for its $307.2 million deal for the Naval Base San Diego Unaccompanied Housing Project as the winner of their 2007 award for innovative nontraditional public finance transactions. Jill acted as lead financing counsel on behalf of the project owner in connection with this transaction.

Jill received her B.S., with highest distinction, from the University of Michigan. She earned her J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and was a senior editor of the Michigan Law Review. Prior to joining Fox Swibel, Jill was a partner of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP.

Since 2008, Jill has been recognized as a leader in Banking & Finance by Chambers USA.

In October 2011, Jill was named the Interlawyer of the Year by the global law firm network lnterlaw at its 2011 Annual Global Meeting held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Jill has been rated AV® Preeminent by her professional peers through the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating system. This is a testament from peer legal professionals of the highest level of professional excellence and of unquestionable ethics.


In 2005 and from 2014 to the present, Jill was selected to the list of Illinois Super Lawyers and that honor was published in Chicago Magazine. Only five percent of lawyers in Illinois are selected each year for inclusion on the Illinois Super Lawyers list.



Since 2009, Jill also has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Banking & Finance.


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Jill has also been named a Leading Lawyer in banking & financial institutions law, corporate finance law, and real estate law by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company since 2004. Only lawyers who are most often recommended by their peers in the statewide surveys are included in Leading Lawyers Magazine.