Brian N. Wanek

Of Counsel


Brian Wanek maintains a broadly diversified commercial real estate practice, including the representation of purchasers, sellers, developers, investors., lenders, borrowers, landlords, and tenants across a wide range of matters, transaction structures, and project types. Areas of special concentration include commercial construction lending transactions, commercial leasing transactions, multistate acquisitions, dispositions and developments, workouts and restructuring, and transactions in the energy industry.

Brian has over two decades of focused experience in managing the real estate aspects of transactions and projects in the energy industry, particularly wind, solar, and other renewable energy projects, as well as conventional and cogeneration energy facilities, including property interests and development rights acquisition and documentation, shared and collocated facilities structuring arrangement documentation, entitlements assessment, and project financing.


  • University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1998)
  • University of Wisconsin (B.S., honors, 1990)


  • United States Olympic Team, speedskating (1988, 1992. 1994 (captain))
  • U.S. Speedskating, director (1992-2014 (secretary, 2002-2006))
  • U.S. Speedskating Foundation, director (2004-present (president, 2014-2018))


  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin