R. Kymn Harp


I purchased my first rental property when I was 16 years old. It’s what we did in my family. Growing up in the real estate business, I gained valuable insight into what’s important for owners and investors. You have to ask the right questions, and know where to find the answers.

My Background

Commercial real estate is why I became a lawyer.

Growing up, my parents, grandparents and extended family were real estate investors, developers and business owners. Since becoming a lawyer over 30 years ago, I’ve been fortunate to fulfill my passion by representing commercial real estate investors, developers, lenders, and other stakeholders. It is truly a labor of love. I get the opportunity to combine my knowledge of real estate law with a practical understanding of the issues and concerns faced by my clients.

Naturally, because commercial real estate is occupied by business owners and operators, my practice extends beyond strictly commercial real estate transactions to business and business transactions as well. To me, “business transactions” involve third-party commerce – such as purchase or sale of a business, or of goods, or services, or financing, etc. “Business,” on the other hand, involves the actual management and operation of the business enterprise, such as risk management and mitigation, dealing with employees, tax and accounting issues, business security, and beyond.

I work hard to provide practical solutions to the diverse issues facing my clients, whether they are:

  • buying, selling or starting a business
  • dealing with business ownership and control issues
  • structuring commercial transactions, contracts, leases, financing
  • protecting their assets
  • resolving disputes
  • or other aspects of business ownership or operation

I am a frequent presenter at continuing education seminars on topics related to commercial real estate, and have just published my second book on commercial real estate entitled Illinois Commercial Real Estate – Due Diligence to Closing, with Checklists.

Current articles and updates are regularly posted on my industry blog at: www.Harp-OnThis.com
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 Current articles and updates are regularly posted on my industry blog

My Education

J.D.,, The John Marshall Law School, 1978

Wabash College, B.A., 1975


Illinois, 1978Indiana, 1986New Mexico, 2001U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1978U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, 1986U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1986


Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Real Estate Law Section CouncilInternational Council of Shopping Centers Circle of Trust (Chicago) Managing Partners Roundtable Illinois State Bar Association Indiana State Bar Association State Bar of New Mexico
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