Max Sternberg is a Chicago real estate attorney who focuses on commercial transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, as well as development, leasing and financing matters. Mr. Sternberg represents real estate and hospitality users, operators, developers, private equity funds, pension funds and other institutional investors in transactions involving office, multifamily, industrial, retail and hospitality properties nationwide. He also has significant experience representing foreign consular missions on their U.S. real estate transactions and sports franchises in their negotiations with public and private partners in the development and redevelopment of stadium facilities.

Representative transactions on which Mr. Sternberg has acted as counsel include:

  • Representing a pension fund in the leasing of more than 100,000 square feet of office space in suburban Chicago to a Fortune 500 company for use as its new worldwide headquarters
  • Representing a foreign government in the leasing of office space in New York for its consulate and United Nations Mission
  • Representing two major private equity investors in the leasing of ground floor flagship retail space in two high-rise office buildings in downtown Chicago
  • Representing a professional sports franchise in negotiation of a Non-Relocation Agreement with the city in connection with financing of a stadium redevelopment project
  • Representing a pension fund in leasing more than 60,000 square feet of office space in Florida to a startup hospitality company for use as its corporate headquarters
  • Representing a major hotel flag in portfolio-wide revisions of its hotel operating agreements

Mr. Sternberg also practices in the area of collegiate athletics, assisting in the representation of educational institutions, athletic associations and sports industry personnel on a variety of matters. During law school, he organized Northwestern University School of Law's first Sports Law Symposium.

As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mr. Sternberg served as a beat writer for The Daily Cardinal, where he was responsible for covering men's basketball and football. He also gained experience working in the real estate industry, completing internships with a low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) development firm, a New York City multifamily owner and operator, and a full-service national real estate firm specializing in the development, acquisition, leasing and management of retail properties.


  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.B.A., Real Estate and Urban Land Economics
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association
  • Northwestern University School of Law, Sports Law Society, Past Co-President
  • Northwestern University School of Law, Real Property Trusts and Estates (RPTE), Past Vice President – Real Property
Honors & Awards
  • Chicago Bar Association Leadership Institute, 2019