Bethany Bonner joined Zeller Realty Group in 2014 as Principal, General Counsel and CAO. Bonner is actively involved in the firm’s acquisitions and investments, and manages the legal aspects of the firm’s debt and equity financings, joint and private ventures, and asset management. In addition, Bonner is the key legal risk management officer and is engaged in strategic counseling, policy creation, and contract negotiation.
Prior to joining Zeller Realty Group, Bonner was a Senior Attorney in the Real Estate practice group of Dykema Gossett PLLC, where she counseled clients on a wide array of complex real estate matters, including construction and permanent financing of commercial and mixed-use properties, loan workouts and restructuring, commercial acquisitions and dispositions, commercial leasing on behalf of landlords and tenants, and affordable housing transactions. Previously, she was a Real Estate Associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where she represented real estate investment and development companies in residential and commercial construction and development projects, and represented mortgage and mezzanine lenders and borrowers in a variety of sophisticated finance transactions.
Bonner earned her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and is a member of the Illinois Bar. Prior to law school, she worked as an aide in the Michigan Legislature, where she assisted elected officials with a variety of constituent advocacy and public outreach functions, as well as advising on legislative and policy priorities. Bonner is a summa cum laude graduate of the Honors College at Michigan State University, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.