Crystal Pruess Bush



Crystal Pruess Bush’s keen property-leasing and real estate development acumen helps corporate and nonprofit clients maximize the value of their real estate portfolios. She calibrates her advice to the transaction at hand, leveraging an encyclopedic understanding of the contract negotiations and leasing technicalities that undergird different real estate scenarios.

Real Estate Development

Crystal helps execute multimillion-dollar urban commercial site acquisitions with complex subdivision, zoning and land use matters, as well as real estate dispositions and leasing transactions on behalf of commercial enterprises, religious organizations and hospitals. Crystal understands the intricacies of property negotiations, including retail, office and industrial developments. She also collaborates with companies to manage easement and restriction agreements. She factors in all these considerations when structuring, drafting and amending contracts.

Property Leasing

Crystal also facilitates national leasing and subleasing transactions, with an emphasis on negotiating gainful terms for her clients. She has represented business consulting and investment management firms in their national leasing activities, facilitated numerous leasing and sale transactions for a manufacturing firm and its subsidiaries, and negotiated leases for a major Chicago hospital.

Related Industries


Bar Admissions



Harvard Law School
J.D. cum laude (1979)

Yale University
B.A. cum laude (1976)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Crystal regularly represents a charter school in pro bono matters.

Professional Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)

Civic Activities

  • Erie Elementary Charter School, Board of Directors
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