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Eddie Lowry is a ground-up real estate and franchise lawyer. With a keen interest in the development aspect of real estate law, Eddie counsels clients across the full spectrum of their corporate real estate needs. His clients are involved in a diverse array of industries and asset classes including industrial and other REITs, offices, apartment complexes, retail and shopping centers, restaurants and hospitality, entertainment venues, manufacturing, utilities, municipalities, storage facilities, distribution facilities, warehouses, industrial properties and industrial service complexes. A background in the coal industry puts a unique spin on Eddie’s real estate practice, where he is well-versed in the acquisition and disposition of coal properties. Eddie also has an inside track on the railroad industry where he advises rail yard and rail line clients in leasing projects, land use control and acquisition of real property and real property interests. Eddie also provides thoughtful guidance to franchisors and product and service distributors through every stage of the franchise relationship, with particular know-how when it comes to helping clients who want to establish and expand a franchise system.

The bottom line – The unique combination of Eddie’s experience positions him perfectly to provide the kind of service his clients demand and deserve.

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Eddie Lowry concentrates his practice in two primary areas, real estate and franchising/product and service distribution. He focuses his real estate practice in the areas of real estate development, acquisition, finance, land use, and leasing. Mr. Lowry’s real estate experience includes acquisition of hotels, apartment complexes, shopping centers, office, entertainment venues, industrial properties and service complexes. He regularly advises and counsels clients on issues related to zoning, public and private finance, land development, appurtenant rights and subdivision of property. He counsels developers in connection with various land use issues, including appearing before various governmental and quasi-governmental entities for zoning, variances, conditional use permits, annexations and other related matters in Illinois and Missouri. Mr. Lowry has broad leasing experience and works regularly with landlords and tenants on leasing projects for office, retail, restaurant and hospitality, warehouse, manufacturing, entertainment venues and distribution facilities.

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Eddie Lowry concentrates his practice in two primary areas, real estate and franchising/product and service distribution. His franchise and distributorship practice focuses on providing advice to various franchisors and distributors in compliance with United States regulatory requirements in getting their products to market, including those clients operating under a true franchise model or the use of distributorships, sales representatives, company-owned outlets, licensing arrangements or other means. For those clients utilizing a franchise model, Mr. Lowry works with clients to prepare franchise agreements and the uniform franchise offering circulars in compliance with federal and state disclosure and registration obligations. Mr. Lowry regularly advises clients in the termination or non-renewal of the franchise or distribution relationship within the limitations of state and federal laws and regulations. His background includes developing franchised hospitality properties prior to joining the firm. Mr. Lowry works with clients in a wide variety of industries, including food service, hospitality, automotive, medical instruments, chemicals, books, alcoholic beverages and spirits, building supplies, clothing, gasoline and petroleum, consumer electronics, agricultural products, hair salons, musical instruments, temporary services, entertainment, industrial equipment, internet access, consumer products, legal support services, recreational equipment and sports and recreational products.

Professional Affiliations

    • Illinois Bar Association
    • Missouri Bar Association
    • American Bar Association – Member, Antitrust Section, Forum on Franchising, Section of Business Law and Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust
    • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis – Section on Antitrust
    • American Bar Association – Member, Antitrust Section, Forum on Franchising, Section of Business Law and Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust
    • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis – Section on Antitrust
    • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis – Section on Antitrust
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Eddie Lowry has assisted in counseling clients with respect to franchising, distribution and dealership issues, pricing and sales practices and competitive issues relating to proposed mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Lowry has counseled clients in connection with establishing new franchise systems as well as sustaining existing system including necessary filings with various state agencies and compliance with the FTC Act's franchise rule.