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Jones Lang LaSalle Hires Leasing VPs Melissa Rubenstein and Brian Atkinson

CHICAGO, August 27, 2009 — Jones Lang LaSalle announced today that it has hired Melissa Rubenstein and Brian Atkinson as vice presidents of agency leasing in the Chicago area.  These two executives bolster the firm’s agency leasing business which includes 25 assignments in the CBD, representing more than 20 million square feet of space.
Melissa Rubenstein has more than 10 years of experience and has been responsible for more than 10 million s.f. of commercial assignments. She was most recently a First Vice President with CB Richard Ellis, where she was recognized with the Top Office Specialty Broker Award in 2008. Prior to that, she worked for Transwestern Commercial Services. Rubenstein is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Salesperson and received her bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Arizona.
Brian Atkinson has 10 years of experience in commercial real estate advisory and leasing. Most recently, he was responsible for the landlord agency business development for NAI Hiffman. Prior to that, Atkinson was a leasing rep for Equity Office Properties and a vice president of office services for Grubb & Ellis. He received his MBA with honors from DePaul University, with a concentration in real estate finance, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“The agency leasing group provides clients with a highly-skilled and focused service that extends far beyond filling space,” said Stephen A. Smith, a Managing Director for Jones Lang LaSalle. “With Melissa and Brian’s wealth of experience, we can continue our legacy of creating long-term tenant relationships and exceptional value for our clients.”
Dan Ryan, Midwest Market Director, added, "The hiring of Melissa and Brian provides additional strength to our existing market-leading agency leasing team and enables us to expand our capabilities to serve our client’s growing needs in Chicago."
About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2008 global revenue of $2.7 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 60 countries from 750 locations worldwide, including 180 corporate offices.  The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.4 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with more than $36 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our Web site,
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