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Ruttenberg Gilmartin Reis LLC is a boutique law firm with a focus on residential and commercial real estate transactions and general corporate law. With over 60 years of development experience throughout Chicago's many neighborhoods, the legal experience and expertise offered by principals David "Buzz" Ruttenberg, Wayne "Skip" Gilmartin and Jeremy Reis is unparalleled. Ruttenberg Gilmartin Reis can handle anything from a simple condominium sale or purchase, to more complex negotiations, contract reviews, foreclosure acquisition, loan workouts and commercial acquisitions. Ruttenberg Gilmartin Reis also represents real estate investors and developers in corporate matters including incorporation, LLC formation, joint venture and private placement memorandums as well as 1031 exchanges.

Practice Areas

  • Purchase & sale of residential and commercial real estate including condominiums, townhomes, single family homes, co-ops, multi unit buildings and vacant land
  • Private Placement Offering Memorandums
  • Joint Ventures
  • General corporate matters
  • Commercial and residential leases
  • Commercial and residential real estate litigation
  • Condominium association representation
  • Condominium conversions and declarations
  • Short Sales, foreclosures, loan workouts
  • 1031 Exchanges
  • Land Trusts
  • Title and insurance issues
  • Financing issues
  • Structural and environmental risk assessment

David W. "Buzz" Ruttenberg


David W. Ruttenberg is President of Lakewest, Inc., Founder of Belgravia Group, Ltd. real estate development companies, and a Principal in the law firm of Ruttenberg Gilmartin Reis LLC.  He obtained an undergraduate degree at Cornell University, a J.D., cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law, and pursued post-graduate studies at London School of Economics. 

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  David W. "Buzz" Ruttenberg

For more than 40 years, Mr. Ruttenberg has been actively involved in the development of residential, retail and commercial properties, principally located in the core communities of Chicago. Mr. Ruttenberg is a Lifetime Trustee of the FrancisW.ParkerSchool and actively serves on boards for Friends of the Parks, UCAN, the ConservationCenter, and was recently a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of Northwestern University School of Law.  His recent honors include the 2010 Hall of Fame Award from the Chicago Association of Realtors, the 2009 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award from Northwestern University School of Law Small Business Opportunity Center and the  2007 Key Legend Award of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago.  Additionally, Mr. Ruttenberg was the emcee for the 2012 Chicago Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Awards.

Wayne "Skip" Gilmartin



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  Wayne"Skip" Gilmartin

Mr. Gilmartin graduated with a BA in History from the University of Notre Dame in 1970 and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School  in 1975. From 1975 to 1979, Mr. Gilmartin practiced law at Schiff Hardin & Waite in Chicago. In 1979, he joined Goldberg, Kohn, Bell, Black, Rosenbloom & Moritz, Ltd, where he became a partner. As a principal of that firm, he played a major role in growing the firm from 6 lawyers to in excess of 70 lawyers. Mr. Gilmartin specializes in commercial real estate transactions and his practice has included the representation of major real estate developers, investors, management companies and lenders. In 2000, Mr. Gilmartin began practicing law as a sole practitioner while pursuing real estate investment and development. In 2006, Mr. Gilmartin and Gary Cowen formed the law firm of Gilmartin & Cowen, LLC. with a focus on commercial real estate transactions. Mr. Gilmartin joined Ruttenberg Gilmartin Reis in 2013. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Gilmartin has taught commercial real estate courses at the University of Chicago Law School.

Jeremy Reis


Jeremy graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of Vermont in 1997.  He received his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the State University of New York, Buffalo School of Law in 2000. From 2000 to 2005, Jeremy was an associate in the Real Estate Practice Group with the law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Chicago. While at Katten, Jeremy represented major institutional and conduit lenders, developers, investors, borrowers, landlords and tenants in structuring, negotiating and documenting all aspects of commercial real estate, finance and leasing transactions.

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In 2005, Jeremy became VP and General Counsel of Belgravia Group, Ltd., a residential and commercial development company.  Jeremy continues to hold this position as well as being a Principal in the law firm of Ruttenberg Gilmartin Reis. Jeremy manages the day to day internal and external legal affairs of Belgravia and its affiliated companies. His responsibilities include the structuring and oversight of all legal aspects of condominium and townhome development projects. Jeremy manages a host of real estate purchase and sales transactions from inception to completion. He represents lenders, issuers and borrowers in a full range of financing structures. His practice also includes corporate matters in connection with private equity fund raising including drafting private placement memoranda and subscription documentation, operating and joint venture agreements.


To learn more about the legal services of Ruttenberg Gilmartin Reis, contact:

Jeremy Reis
Ruttenberg Gilmartin Reis LLC
1101 W. Monroe St., Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60607