Biography

Hillary Bean, a partner in the Financial and Real Estate Services practice group, handles leasing, financing, sales and other transactions for major companies such as a Fortune 100 multinational corporation.

She also played a key role in the $290 million redevelopment of a Fortune 100 company’s corporate headquarters in St. Louis. She was instrumental in the property acquisition of the various parcels of land where the project was constructed, construction financing, development and leasing. Hillary is currently handling leasing and construction financing for a new $700 million development, the largest in St. Louis, for the company.

In her practice, Hillary negotiates and drafts leases and related agreements. She coordinates leasing objectives with overall design and development for the building or project. This includes the negotiation of work letters, management agreements, development agreements and loan documentation.

Hillary is skilled in all areas of land use, development, construction, finance and leasing issues relating to build-to-suit and design-build projects. She also counsels developers and owners in the acquisition and disposition of commercial properties. She negotiates and drafts purchase and sale agreements and conducts legal due diligence for properties including office buildings, retail centers, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, industrial, flex/office and mixed-use projects.

Hillary has experience in transactions involving environmental risk. She has negotiated and drafted contracts, escrows and insurance documents in which the environmental risk was a small part of a transaction and also when the transfer of environmental risk was the main motivation for the transaction.

For example, Hillary represented the buyer of a major coal fired power plant in a transaction in which her client assumed all of the environmental risks associated with pre-existing environmental conditions. The transaction was a true environmental risk transfer involving the use of innovative environmental and excess indemnity insurance and escrow.

In addition to her legal practice, Hillary holds several leadership positions within the firm. She is the director of the Women's Inclusion Network, which creates a positive and supportive environment for women attorneys through mentoring, networking and educational opportunities. She is also a member of the firm's Hiring and Inclusion Committees.

Education

  • Washington University School of Law  (J.D., Dean's List, 2004)
    • Honor Scholar Award for the Class of 2004 (top 10% of class)
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
  • Vanderbilt University  (B.A., magna cum laude, 2001)

Admissions

  • Missouri, 2005
  • New York, 2005

Professional Activities

  • The Missouri Bar 
  • New York State Bar Association 

Charitable and Civic Involvement

  • Michael Tramble Scholarship Committee (Former Chair)

Accolades

  • The Best Lawyers in America®;Real Estate Law (2018-present)
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow (2018)
  • 40 Under 40, St. Louis Business Journal (2018)
  • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2014-2015)

Background

Hillary was a summer associate with the firm during law school. Prior to joining the firm full time, she was an associate in the Finance and Real Estate Group of Dechert LLP in New York where she represented large investment and commercial banks in commercial mortgage backed security loans.