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Katherine C. Hinkle



Katie helps clients navigate real estate matters including financing, leasing, and acquisitions and dispositions. She works with lenders to negotiate and document financing transactions, and advises businesses and private equity firms on the purchase and sale of companies with significant real estate assets.

Known for masterfully managing details in even the most complex transactions, Katie is creative in her approach to problem solving, and collaborates with clients in seeing a project through from start to finish.

Prior to joining Michael Best, Katie practiced in the Chicago office of an international firm, where she represented lenders in CMBS and balance sheet loans on hospitality, self-storage, and retail properties, and assisted businesses with mergers and acquisitions involving real estate properties.


Katie’s notable matters include:

  • Represented a manufacturer of concrete pipes in a sale-leaseback transaction of more than 60 properties in 12 states, which included resolving significant title issues on multiple properties
  • Represented a private equity firm in the acquisition and financing of a manufacturer and its real estate assets. This included negotiations with two railroad companies and a municipality in order to secure collateral assignments of the company’s lease and license agreements with heavily regulated entities.
  • Represented a lender in a matter involving a $70 million CMBS loan on an office building in New York City that had multiple tenants and a condominium regime

Honors & Recognitions

  • Public Interest Recognition Award for tutoring juvenile inmates at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center
  • Honorable Thomas R. Mulroy Award for Excellence in the Field of Evidence, 2013-2014
  • CALI Award for the highest grade in Legal Writing I, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Professional Activities

  • Associate Developing Leader, NAIOP Wisconsin



Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Downtown Madison, Inc.
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