Our firm was formed out of the redevelopment of a 1.5 million square foot vacant former furniture warehouse property on over 21 acres, including several acres of developable commercial land.  As the result of this project, we created an experienced team combining over 65 years of office, industrial and commercial brokerage; ground-up industrial development; multi-use redevelopment; and corporate commercial real estate law practice to negotiate effectively, eliminate hidden issues and solve commercial real estate challenges.


David Liebman, SIOR, JD, is the Designated Managing Broker of Merit Partners, a Chicago based firm focused on re-development, leasing and management. In his capacity, David represents buyers, tenants and investors in the acquisition, leasing, purchasing and execution of build-to-suit transactions of commercial buildings and land. With 30+ years of industry experience and more than 475 transactions, valued at over $800 million, David enables his clients to make informed real estate decisions that fulfill all objectives and requirements: economic, logistical and otherwise. As a former Executive Board Member, past Chicago Chapter President and multiple committee member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), David is highly respected locally and nationally, and leverages his many relationships to create significant and unique value for his clients. Previous employment includes 10+ years with each of CBRE and Colliers International; 5+ years as a corporate, real estate and litigation attorney; and 5+ years at a custom designer and fabricator of special purpose steel door systems and hardware.

David is the recipient of a  law degree from DePaul University College of Law, and an alumnus of Colgate University where he majored in Geology.



Paul Fishbein is a Founding Partner of Merit Partners, a Chicago based firm focused on re-development, leasing and management. Paul’s goal is to position properties that are desirable and deliver an excellent value for its tenants and enhance the community. Paul has detailed expertise in the redevelopment of very large scale vacant properties, many of which received accolades from city, state and federal agencies as catalysts for job creation and significant gentrification for communities. Paul’s 26 years of experience covers commercial real estate finance, brokerage and development expertise. Prior to Merit, Paul spent 16 years as a partner with Centrum Properties and Amerimar Enterprises. He has succeeded as both a developer and advisor with over $750 million in transactions, financing, and developments to his credit.

Paul is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Green Associate and an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he majored in Economics.

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David L. Liebman


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