Lawrence B. Swibel

Lawrence B. Swibel Partner


Lawrence B. Swibel

Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D. (cum laude)

University of Rochester, B.A.



Larry Swibel is a founding partner, Chair of the Firm’s Real Estate Group and Managing Partner of the Firm. Larry practices in the areas of real estate, corporate law, restructuring, and hospitality, and specializes in structuring entities for foreign clients doing business in the U.S. He represents clients, both as developers and lenders, in all aspects of the development of hotels, shopping centers, office buildings, theaters and residential properties. In the corporate area, Larry handles mergers and acquisitions as well as advising closely held businesses regarding shareholder agreements, buy-outs and similar transactions.


In the hospitality area, Larry has particular expertise in representing restaurant clients, with much of his practice devoted to restaurant leases, financings, equity raises, corporate structuring and contracting. He handles restaurant deals for some of the world’s best-known chefs and most successful restaurant operators, located throughout the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean region, Europe and Asia.

In the 1990’s, Larry was a lead attorney representing the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC) in the workout and disposition of troubled loans and properties throughout the U.S. In that role, he headed teams of lawyers in working out, restructuring, and modifying complicated commercial real estate loans.

In 2011, Larry co-led a team of the Firm’s lawyers who represented the United States Treasury in approximately 165 transactions in which $1.7 billion was funded to community banks around the U.S. under the Federal Government’s Small Business Lending Fund program.

Larry received his B.A. from the University of Rochester. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Since 2008, he has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul Law School in Chicago. Prior to Fox Swibel, Larry practiced 19 years at the former Chicago law firm, Hopkins & Sutter

Larry has been rated AV® Preeminent by his 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.

Since 2013, Larry was selected to the list of Illinois Super Lawyers. His selection was published in Chicago Magazine. Only five percent of lawyers in Illinois are selected for inclusion to the Illinois Super Lawyers list, and are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.


In 2016 and 2017, Larry was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of real estate law.

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Since 2004, Larry has also been named a Leading Lawyer in commercial real estate law, closely & privately held business law, and corporate finance law by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Only lawyers who are most often recommended by their peers in the statewide surveys are included in Leading Lawyers Magazine.

Since 1991, Larry has served on the board of The Interlex Group and currently serves as President. Interlex is an association of leading law firms from 60 countries around the world.