Benjamin Erskine

Benjamin Erskine

Managing Director

Current responsibilities
Ben is a Contractor Broker with JLL's Midwest Tenant Representation division. He co-leads the Build to Suit Practice Group, where he specializes in leading occupier clients through all aspects of the build to suit process. He has focused on the representation of tenants and occupants for JLL since joining the firm in 2007. His expertise is strategic real estate planning and transaction management with a focus on deal structuring and financial analysis.

Ben has led his clients through an array of transaction types, including new development, redevelopment, lease acquisitions, sublease dispositions, lease restructuring, and purchase and sale agreements. Recent experience includes:

  • Canon USA – lease 70,000 square feet, Schaumburg, IL (2017)
  • Motor Coach Industries – lease 35,000 square feet, Hayward, CA (2017)
  • Readerlink Distribution Services – build-to-suit lease 500,000 square feet, Ogden, UT (2016)
  • Ensono – lease 200,000 square feet, Downers Grove, IL (2016)
  • Baxalta/Shire – lease 84,000 square feet, Chicago, IL (2016)
  • Legal and General Investment Management – lease 31,000 square feet, Chicago, IL (2015)
  • Comcast – lease restructure 72,000 square feet, Schaumburg, IL (2015) 
  • PerkinElmer – sale 108,000 square feet, Downers Grove, IL (2014)
  • Newark Corporation – lease 65,000 square feet, Chicago, IL (2014)
  • Valid USA – lease 350,000 square feet, Bolingbrook, Downers Grove & Lisle, IL (2013)
  • Navistar Financial – sublease 80,000 square feet, Schaumburg, IL (2013)
  • Universal Technical Institute – build-to-suit lease 182,000 square feet, Lisle, IL (2013)

Education and affiliations

Ben earned his B.A. in finance with a focus on statistics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he was involved with the finance and entrepreneurship departments at Miami and continues to maintain those relationships today. He has earned many awards during his tenure with JLL, including:

  • ​2016–2011 – Jones Lang LaSalle, Top Achiever Award
  • 2016 – Finalist, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Broker of the Year
  • 2015 – Finalist, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Broker of the Year
  • 2014 – NAIOP Office Broker of the Year
  • 2011 – NAIOP Transaction of the Year
  • 2009 – Finalist, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Broker of the Year
  • 2009 – Nominee, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Deal of the Year
  • 2009 – Nominee, NAIOP, Broker Transaction of the Year
  • 2008 – Duke Realty, Office Transaction of the Year