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CHICAGO-Jones Lang LaSalle has brought on Melissa Rubenstein and Brian Atkinson to work as VPs. The commercial real estate firm has hired the two to work in its leasing business, including 20 million square feet in 25 assignments in Chicago’s Central Business District. Rubenstein comes from work as first VP with CB Richard Ellis, while Atkinson most recently served with NAI Hiffman overseeing its landlord agency business development.

“The agency leasing group provides clients with a highly-skilled and focused service that extends far beyond filling space,” Stephen A. Smith, managing director with JLL, says. “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.”

Both Rubenstein and Atkinson bring a decade of experience to their new roles with JLL. In her time in the industry, Rubenstein has been responsible for more than 10 million square feet of commercial assignments and has also worked for Transwestern Commercial Services. In addition to NAI Hiffman, Atkinson brings experience from his background as leasing rep for Equity Office Properties and VP of office service for Grubb & Ellis.

Rubenstein received her bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Arizona. Atkinson achieved 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 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,” says Dan Ryan, JLL’s Midwest market director.

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