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James “Jay” Augustyn is a partner in Ice Miller’s Real Estate Practice. He focuses his practice on real estate transactions, including development, financing, sales and dispositions.

Prior to rejoining Ice Miller in 2018, Jay was a real estate partner at a large Chicago law firm.

Jay represented a self-managed integrated commercial real estate investment and asset management company organized as a public real estate investment trust in the acquisition and disposition of over one hundred industrial, warehouse and office properties in the U.S. He also represented a credit and asset based investor in the acquisition, disposition and financing of over thirty hotel properties in the U.S. and a sovereign wealth fund in connection with the acquisition of hotel properties in Bal Harbour, Florida; Washington, D.C. and Miami, Florida.

From 2008 to 2012, Jay was an attorney at Ice Miller LLP.

Jay earned his juris doctor, cum laude, from the University of Illinois School of Law in 2008. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan in 2000, where he participated in Naval ROTC. Upon graduation, Jay first served as a main propulsion division officer aboard USS NASSAU (LHA 4). Jay then went on to act as Navigator and Combat Information Center Officer aboard USS CAPE ST GEORGE (CG 71), where he was deployed to the Eastern Mediterranean to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2004, Jay was assigned to the Navy Operational Support Center Chicago, where he served as Training Officer and Executive Officer for two years before completing his active duty.

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