Professional Biography

Alexandra (Alex) Cole Partner

  • Chicago

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    131 South Dearborn Street, Suite 1700

    Chicago, IL 60603-5559




Alex Cole focuses her real estate practice in the areas of real estate transactions and development, hospitality, international real estate, project finance and construction law.  She is routinely involved in large real estate acquisitions (hotel, office and retail) and represents all the various parties in the construction and development process.  Some of Alex's past projects include: Park Hyatt Australia, purchase and disposition of The Carlyle in a transaction including the sale of Rosewood Hotels and Resorts and four other hotels, Fairmont Hotel and Canadian Pacific Hotel merger, numerous buildings in Illinois Center, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, The Harold Washington Library, California Plaza in Los Angeles, McCormick Place Expansion and Hotel, Underwater World at Pier 39, Warsaw Financial Center, and the construction and renovation of numerous plants, industrial complexes, hotels, shopping centers and other commercial projects in the United States and Europe.

chambers 2021 and best lawyers 2021 award badges

Ranked by Chambers USA 17 Years in a Row

Ranked by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America's Leading Lawyers,” in Construction, 2005 - 2021; Real Estate, 2013 - 2014, 2019 - 2021; Leisure & Hospitality, 2013 - 2021
  • Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • Named Best Lawyers’ Chicago "Construction Law Lawyer of the Year," 2018, 2021
  • Listed in Expert Guides Women in Business Law, 2016
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Fellow, Vice Chair of Hospitality Subcommittee, 2011 - present
  • Listed in the Law Bulletin Publishing Company's Leading Lawyers Network as Illinois Leading Lawyer
  • Listed as an Illinois Super Lawyer as published by Law & Politics, 2005 - 2021
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2006 - 2022: Construction Law; Real Estate Law
  • Received "Women in Real Estate 2010 Career Achievement Award," presented by the Illinois Real Estate Journal 
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

*The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no certificate, award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.

Professional Leadership

  • Real Estate & Land Use Practice, Perkins Coie LLP, Chair, 2005 - 2011
  • Hospitality Industry Bar Association, Founding Board Member, President
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, Steering Committee Member, 2007 - present, President, 2013
  • CREW Network, Board of Directors, 2001 - 2002
  • CREW Chicago, Board of Directors, 1999 - 2000

Related Employment

  • Altheimer & Gray, Partner, 1988 - 2003, Real Estate Practice Chair
  • Antonow & Fink, Partner, 1985 - 1988, Associate, 1979 - 1985






Bar and Court Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin


  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1979
  • DePaul University, B.A., cum laude, 1976