By RITA DUCKWORTH
Jillian Clark joined the Edwardsville firm of Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC (BCPK) in June 2017 as a transactional associate. Her areas of practice include real estate, estate planning, commercial transactions and business formations.
A native of Naperville, Ill., Clark attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, earning a degree in history.
“As a history student, I always enjoyed reading and writing arguments,” she says. “Law school seemed like the logical next step.” She received her law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
After working for a few solo practitioners in Chicago, she relocated to St. Louis to work for the global real estate services firm of Cushman & Wakefield. Her job involved reviewing commercial leases and representing tenants with their landlords.
“I was not practicing law at that time,” she said, “but my job was law ‘adjacent.’ I was able to give advice about how to interpret leases and work with landlords and management companies across the country.”
After passing the Missouri Bar, Clark joined a law firm that specializes in representing lenders and loan servicers. She opened their St. Louis office and gained valuable experience in foreclosure litigation, title review, and financing.
That real estate expertise helped pave the way for her position at BCPK. The firm has a dual emphasis. In law, it represents clients in real estate transactions and commercial leasing, but it also plays an active role in property development. The firm has its own title company, Edwardsville Title and Escrow, LLC to further assist its clients’ real estate needs.
Clark works closely with founding partner Chris Byron on many of the firm’s real estate development projects.
“I enjoy seeing the projects through from start to finish,” she says. “Obtaining the property, finding tenants, working on the leases, contracts and financing.”
With her experience in leasing and contracts, working with both potential tenants and landlords for developments like Park Street Plaza and Edwardsville Town Center has been a primary part of her job. “I like the variety of work that practicing at BCPK offers,” says Clark. “I can work with an established client one day, and the next day with someone who is just getting their business started.”
At BCPK, Clark appreciates the partners’ professional generosity toward new members of the firm. “The partners here make branching out into different areas of the law less daunting. I’ve learned a lot. And not only that, they’re genuinely nice people to be around.”
By RITA DUCKWORTH