Lawrence C. Eppley: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Lawrence C. Eppley


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Practice Areas

  • Corporate
  • Emerging Growth-Venture Capital
  • Family Owned and Closely-Held Businesses
  • Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Finance
  • Equity Sponsor Finance
  • Hospitality
  • Public Finance
  • Real Estate Lending
  • Real Estate
  • Land Use and Environmental
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Real Estate Acquisitions and Dispositions
  • Real Estate Development
  • Food and Beverage
University University of Illinois, B.S., with high honors, 1982; University of Illinois, Master of Accounting Science, 1982; Passed Certified Public Accountant Exam, 1982
Law SchoolUniversity of Illinois College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1985 Order of the Coif
Admitted1985, Illinois; United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


•Board of Directors, Metropolitan Capital Bank and Trust, a Chicago-based private bank
•Board of Directors, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center/1871, a not-for-profit that provides programming and services for entrepreneurs and start-ups
•Member, Economic Club of Chicago - October 2014-present
•Member, Governing Board of Trustees, University of Illinois, 2001-2009
•Chairman, University of Illinois, 2003-2008
•Founding Board Member, IllinoisVENTURES LLC, 2003-2009, a University/owner venture capital company


Lawrence Eppley is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Chicago office, where he is also the Office Managing Partner.

Areas of Practice

He concentrates his practice in acquisition, real estate finance, development, public and private finance, joint ventures and raising equity particularly in the hospitality sector. He was general counsel to Potbelly Sandwich Works, one of Chicago's fastest growing companies, and his clients rely on him as their principal outside legal counsel. He has considerable experience with middle market and emerging growth companies, including those in the hospitality and restaurant sectors, and with structured and institutional finance.

Mr. Eppley was named as one of Law360's 2013 Hospitality MVPs for his extensive work in major transactions geared towards hotel development.


•Real Estate and Construction, Legal 500, 2014, 2015
•Illinois Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2014, 2015
•Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2013-2015
•Hospitality MVP, Law360, 2013
•Designated a Distinguished Graduate of the College of Law by the University of Illinois School of Law, 2002


Representative Experience

•Represented major financial service institutions in connection with real estate financings.
•Represented a fast-growing locally based restaurant company throughout its various growth stages.
•Represented the leading U.S. investment banks as underwriter's counsel in major public finance transactions.
•Represented a number of privately held hotel developers in connection with the acquisition, development and financing of hotel projects throughout the United States.
•Served as General Counsel of Potbelly Sandwich Works.

Representative Transactions

•Mondrian Soho, New York
•Essex Inn, Chicago
•29-26 Northern Blvd., Lond Island City
•45-40 Vernon Blvd. Long Island City
•B Ocean Hotel, Ft. Lauderdale
•Trump Soho, New York City
•Commune Hotel, New York City
•CAA Building Hotel, Chicago
•Hotel Lincoln, Chicago
•Crown Miami Beach Hotel, Miami
•360 North Michigan Avenue Building Hotel, Chicago
•330 North Wabash (former IBM Building), Chicago
•127 West Huron, Chicago
•Temple Building Hotel, Boston
•Wyndham Chicago - 633 St. Clair, Chicago
•Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel, New York City
•Radisson Lexington Hotel, New York City
•Hotel Cass Chicago - Magnificent Mile, Chicago
•Felix Hotel - River North, Chicago

Publications & News


Mr. Eppley has written articles on subjects of commercial real estate for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and has lectured for CLE International, Inc. He is a contributing author for IICLE's Commercial Landlord-Tenant Practice, 2015 Edition.

Media Mentions

•What To Consider When Staring Down A Lateral Move
Chicago Lawyer, September 4, 2014
•An Office In A Startup State Of Mind
Chicago Lawyer, September 2014
•Hospitality MVP: Sheppard Mullin's Lawrence Eppley
Law360, November 21, 2013

Speaking Engagements

•Mr. Eppley was the keynote speaker at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management's Business Law Conference in February 2012. Mr. Eppley has also served as a faculty member and lectured for the National Association of Bond Lawyers. He has also been a speaker and panelist at various National Association of Bond Lawyers seminars and conferences, and served as a panelist at real estate industry seminars.


•Hotel Investment & Repositioning Summit
The Westin Chicago River North, December 17, 2014
•THINC 2014
The Hotel Investment Networking Conference
Hilton Chicago, May 2014


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Office Information

Lawrence C. Eppley

70 West Madison Street, 48th Floor
ChicagoIL 60602


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