Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen is always looking for experienced professionals


Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, P.C., is seeking transactional attorneys to join our rapidly growing affordable housing and community development practice. This is a unique opportunity to do well by doing good, with a path to future partnership.

Founded in 1998, Applegate is committed to supporting underserved communities by partnering with our clients in all aspects of real estate development, ownership, financing, and investment. We represent developers, investors, lenders, tax exempt community development organizations, and public housing authorities.

The scope and breadth of our experience has made us national leaders in the affordable housing and community development space, with particular expertise in the syndication of federal low-income housing tax credits, federal historic tax credits, new market tax credits, energy credits and state tax credits, and structuring qualified opportunity zone transactions.

Our firm is also deeply committed to the people who join our team. Rooted in a culture of mutual respect, trust, and a long-term investment in our people, we hire attorneys with a view to growing them into Partners. As such, our attorneys get meaningful exposure to sophisticated transactional work, opportunities for leadership, and dedicated mentorship. They also benefit from a generous work-life model that is truly unique in the legal industry.

Our mission-driven focus attracts top talent who is inspired to do work we love and that has a positive social impact. We currently have an opportunity for a transactional attorney who would like to join our team.

Junior Transactional Attorney

The attorney will join our practice in Chicago providing counsel on a full range of affordable housing, multi-family housing, and community development projects. This position requires 0-3 years of practicing transactional experience in the legal industry, and (if not already applicable) the desire to develop expertise in the affordable housing and community development space. The candidate will possess excellent academic credentials, strong communication skills and attention to detail, and share our mission-driven purpose.

Mid-level / Senior Transactional Attorney

The attorney will join our practice providing counsel on a full range of affordable housing, multi-family housing, and community development projects. This position requires 3-8 years of practicing transactional experience, ideally in a law-firm setting, and familiarity working on complex housing finance and community development projects. Qualified candidates will have significant experience with the following:

  • Drafting and negotiating a wide range of agreements
  • Due diligence, and title & survey review
  • Managing real estate components for debt and equity project financing transactions, including resolution of complex real estate issues for deal closings
  • Advising on a broad range of real estate matters
  • Mentoring, training, and managing junior real estate attorneys and paralegals
  • Managing multiple large, complex transactions

Candidates must also:

  • Share our mission-driven purpose
  • Be members in good standing with the state bar where you reside
  • Have the ability and desire to work independently and with little oversight
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and organizational and planning skills, with the capacity to simultaneously handle a variety of complex matters under strict deadlines and pressure

Real estate transactional experience involving tax credit syndication and government finance is strongly preferred. FHA lending/HUD experience is a plus, but not required.

Qualified senior transactional candidates can work in our Chicago office or remotely if they reside outside of the Chicago area.

Project Assistant

We currently have an opening in our Chicago office for a Project Assistant to work collaboratively with our team on specific short- and long-term projects. In this role, you will oversee tasks delegated to you by paralegals and attorneys, coordinate with various internal and external parties, and ensure that the project is moving forward on time and on budget. You will need to be highly organized, adaptable, and able to prioritize tasks while working independently.

This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring law students to gain professional experience in a law firm setting prior to attending law school. Please note, Project Assistants are asked to make a minimum two-year commitment to the firm prior to departing for law school.


Applegate is committed to equal employment opportunity without consideration of race, color, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, political activity or affiliation, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex or gender, or any other basis protected by law. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.


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