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Samuel L. Pappas


Samuel L. Pappas has over thirty years of experience in the areas of commercial finance, banking, and commercial real estate transactions representing various lenders, borrowers, and other institutional clients. Sam has practiced in various law firms and was also an in-house transactional attorney for several banks and financial services companies, including Parkway Bank & Trust Company, Transamerica Finance Corporation, Bank One (JP Morgan Chase Bank), and The Asahi Bank, Ltd. (a Japanese bank). 

Sam has worked extensively on various types of credit facilities, including secured and unsecured loans, construction loans, bridge and mezzanine loans, syndications, large loan securitizations, as well as equity investment transactions. He has handled transactions involving virtually every type of real estate including hotels, apartment complexes, office facilities, industrial facilities, and shopping centers. He is also experienced in the areas of real estate purchases, sales, commercial leasing, and workout activities.

​Sam also provides legal services to middle-market companies, entrepreneurs, and various other private entities.



  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions

  • Business Law

  • Commercial Finance

  • Banking and Bank Regulation

  • Structured and Mezzanine Finance

  • Restructurings and Workouts


  • Illinois State Bar Association | Member

  • Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois | Member

  • Chase Alumni Association | Member



  • “Loan Syndications + Club Loans” Webinar
    Featured Speaker | 2021



  • “Commercial Lease Preparation – Don’t Panic, Be Informed” | 2019

  • “Some Common Mistakes in Commercial Loan Document Preparation and How to Avoid Them” | 2013

  • “Transferring a Commercial Loan? Beware of Transfer Restrictions and Other Limitations” | 2013

  • “Lawyer’s Manual for Documenting Commercial Real Estate Finance Transactions”, Co-Author | 1998

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Washington University in St. Louis School of Law J.D. | 1989

Northwestern University College of Arts and Sciences B.A. | 1986
Major: Political Science Minor: Economics
President of Pi Sigma Alpha (a national honor society for political science majors)

Bar Admissions

Illinois | 1989

Texas | 2016



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