bapplegate@att-law.com
312.491.3322

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PRACTICE AREAS:
Affordable Housing & Community
Development Finance
Tax Credit Finance & Syndication
Commercial Real Estate

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, P.C.
Schiff Hardin LLP

ADMISSION TO PRACTICE:
State of Illinois
United States District Court
Northern District of Illinois

EDUCATION:
Loyola University of Chicago, J.D.
Miami University, B.S.
Business Administration
United States Naval Academy
(Annapolis, Maryland)

Bennett P. Applegate

A founding member of Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, Ben has been actively involved in the development and finance of affordable housing throughout his career. He has significant experience with various federal, state and local loan and grant programs utilized for the rehabilitation or new construction of multi-family housing, including housing for families, the elderly, the homeless and individuals with special needs.

Ben’s practice includes the representation of profit and non-profit developers, syndicators and direct investors involved with projects utilizing the syndication of low-income housing tax credits. He is a frequent speaker throughout the country on the structuring and negotiation of affordable housing development transactions. In 2009, Ben, along with Tom Thorne-Thomsen, was recognized by Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI) as one of BPI’s “40 Who’ve Made a Difference” for the people of the Chicago Region.

RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES:

  • American Bar Association
    • Member and Chair-Elect, Governing Committee of Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law
  • Director and Founding President, Illinois Housing Council
  • Executive Committee Member and Past President, National Housing and Rehabilitation Association
  • Member, National Housing Conference
  • Member, Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Board Member, 180° Properties (an affiliate of Mercy Lakefront)
  • Adjunct Professor, The John Marshall Law School
  • President’s Advisory Council, Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School
  • Volunteer Instructor, Michael Barlow Center (Adult Education)

HONORS & AWARDS:

  • “40 Who’ve Made a Difference,” awarded by Business and People for the Professional Interest (BPI)