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Real Estate Expert Witnesses, LLC

Real Estate Expert Witnesses, LLC

1945 Techny Road
Suite 6

Northbrook, Illinois 60062

Phone(312) 620-2124


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Jeff Rothbart is a seasoned real estate professional and expert witness and executive with over 20 years of direct experience in all aspects of commercial and residential real estate. Generally, Mr. Rothbart's experience includes, but is not limited to, land and property acquisition, zoning and entitlements, development, general contracting, valuation, acquisitions, debt and equity finance, asset and property management, leasing, sustainability and dispositions. Mr. Rothbart has experience with both domestic and international real estate as well as most property types, geography and risk profile. Mr. Rothbart is an Illinois licensed attorney, possess and LL.M. in Taxation and has been an Adjunct Professor of Law since 2007.

Mr. Rothbart's qualifications include:
- Over 19 years of direct commercial and residential real estate experience.
- Licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker.
- Licensed Illinois Attorney with focus on real estate, tax, bankruptcy and securities law.
- Adjunct Professor of Law since 2007
- Participated in over $3,000,000 of commercial real estate transactions across property type and geography.
- Direct experience working for publicly traded REIT's, private equity and developers.
- Formed over $200,000,000 in real estate joint ventures.
- Managed over 11,000,000 SF of commercial real estate assets.
- Procured over $500,000,000 in equity and debt investments.
- Approved over 200 leases totally more than 2,000,000 SF.
- Published over 40 articles on commercial real estate investments and markets; cited in over 100 articles.
- Formerly Held NASD Series 22 and 63 Licenses as well as LEED AP for New Construction (v2.2).


Mr. Rothbart's real estate dispute services include:

- Fiduciary Standards of Care
Prove or dispute whether needs and standards were met.

- Acquisition Valuation & Underwriting
The valuation of real estate is the most common issue in real estate litigation. Let us help you determine if the numbers are right.

- Partnership Disputes
Given our legal background, we can assist on the most nuanced of partnership disputes.

- Development Related Disputes
In the real world, unexpected problems arise. Let us be your resource in getting what you're owed.

- Appraisal Review
The Fair Market Value derived from an appraisal hinges on a handful of numbers. Understand how these numbers are toggled is critical to the validity of the appraisal.

- Hotels and Senior Housing
Hotels and senior housing can bring a wide array of obstacles and liabilities. We understand the nuances of these types of properties.

- Financing
Let us help navigate your finance issues related to the real estate transaction.

- Title Insurance Claims
Our expertise can help provide guidance towards any dispute or investigation.

- Property Tax Appeals
Property tax appeals cases are typically a battle of appraisers. Having read more than 200 appraisals, we understand how to break them down and determine accuracy.

Litigation Support Services

Mr. Rothbart has served as an expert witness/consultant in over 100 real estate matters with assets valued in excess of $500,000,000. Prior expert experience includes, but is not limited to, real estate valuation, LLC Operating Agreements, breach of fiduciary duties, breach of representations and warranties, land use, construction damages, standard of care issues, brokerage relationships, landlord/tenant disputes and deceptive leasing practices.

Areas of Expertise

Additional Expertise:

Acquisition, Appraisal Review, Appraisal Valuation, Appraiser & Mortgage Fraud, Asset Management, Broker/Agent - Standards of Care, Business Valuation, Capital Markets (Debt and Equity), Cash Flow Analyses, Commercial Leasing, Commercial Real Estate Appraisal, Commercial/Industrial, Commercial/Retail, Condemnation, Contract Review, Corporate Real Estate, Debt Restructuring, Development, Development disclosure requests, Diminution of value, Due diligence, Due diligence - phase I, II, III site assessments, Easements, licenses and boundaries, Economics/economic impacts, Eminent domain, Entitlement and permitting, Escrow & title, Equity and debt financing, Foreclosure, Fraud/defalcation issues, Fund Formation, Habitability, Hotels & resorts, Inspection/evaluation, Internal rate of return (IRR), International real estate, Investment analysis, Land development, Land residual valuation, Land use optimization, Landlord/tenant disputes, Leasehold or leased fee, LEED certification, Liability/damage issues, Loan underwriting review, Loans and mortgages, Maintenance - standards of care, Market analysis, Net lease (NNN), Note Purchase, Predatory lending, Professional conduct, Proforma evaluation, Property condition assessment, Property management, REIT, REO, Residential standard of care, Right-of way, Seller misrepresentation & fraud, Seller non-disclosure, Site contamination, Stigma & market resistance, Tax assessment appeals, Tax planning, Tenant screening/qualification, Tenant in Common (TIC) and Zoning/entitlements, 1031 Exchange, 1031 Planning, Condemnation, Net Lease.

Areas Served

National and International

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Illinois licensed attorney; LEED-AP for New Construction (v2.2); formerly held Series 22 and 63 licenses.

Legal Experience & Services

Mr. Rothbart has been deposed approximately 25-30+ times and Mr. Rothbart has testified approximately 15-20+ times.


Published over 40 articles on commercial real estate investments and markets; cited in over 100 articles.

Professional References

Provided upon request.


Mr. Rothbart has a B.A. from Emory University, a J.D. from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law, an LL.M. in Taxation from Northwestern University, a Certificate in Hotel Real Estate and Asset Management from Cornell University as well as a Certificate in Real Estate Investment and Development from Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business.

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