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Irene M. MacDougall

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Government Finance Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Walter | Haverfield LLP
The Tower at Erieview, Suite 3500, 1301 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-781-1212
Fax: 216-575-0911
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2023
Licensed in Ohio Since: 1983
Practice Areas: Government Finance, Banking, Real Estate: Business
Attorney Profile

Irene MacDougall has the all-too-rare ability to bring order, apparent simplicity and focus to complicated financings and development transactions. Her 30-plus years of experience in financial transactions—including commercial, real estate and healthcare lending transactions, real estate development transactions, public finance, and credit-tenant and off-balance sheet financings—enable her to efficiently and effectively manage multi-party, complex transactions to closing. Irene brings this same style to bear when counselling and assisting closely-held businesses.

Having represented all of the various parties in such transactions, Irene has accumulated valuable first-hand insight into the concerns and desires of the myriad of parties involved. Drawing on this insight and her vast transactional experience, she effectively bridges the competing interests of the parties and is often able to greatly streamline the process. Those skills allow her to arrive at a mutually advantageous solution to the issues that arise during complex transactions. Clients rely on Irene’s invaluable counsel and her ability to assemble and work in a team as much as they value her legal knowledge and experience.

In recognition of her work on the Flats East project in Cleveland, Ohio, the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network honored Irene with the 2011 Impact Award. As one of only four national award winners, Irene’s work was recognized in the category of economic impact. For the past four years, Chambers USA, arguably the most prominent, worldwide law firm and attorney ranking publication, has recognized Irene for her work in Ohio real estate. For the past 10 years, Ohio Super Lawyers has recognized Irene and named her to its “Top 50 Women” and “Top 25 Women” lists. Irene has also been named to several editions of Best Lawyers®, another prominent, global attorney ranking publication.

Irene’s family, comprised of spouse, Michael J. Esson and four children—including a set of triplets—has merely honed her unique ability to efficiently arrive at practical solutions to her clients’ issues. Achieving results and working with her clients as a team give her great satisfaction and keep the practice of law fun and exciting. Her family’s legacy of numerous pets and varying extracurricular activities in theater, dance, film, equestrian activities and travel continue to keep Irene’s life fun and exciting.

About Irene M. MacDougall

First Admitted: 1983, Ohio

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, Planning Committee of The Cleveland-Metropolitan Bar Association Real Estate Law Institute (1999-2017); Speaker, "Current Developments", The Cleveland-Metropolitan Bar Association Real Estate Law Institute (2002-2017)  

Educational Background

  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., Order of the Coif (1983), Case Western Reserve University, B.A., magna cum laude, with honors in Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa and MortarBoard (1980)


  • Recipient of the Commercial Real Estate Women, Inc. Cleveland Member-to-Member Business Award, 2013
  • Recipient of the Bob Rosewater Memorial Award for Meritorious Service to The Real Estate Section of the CMBA, 2015
  • Selected to Midwest Real Estate News Hall of Fame, 2015
  • Recipient of the Commerical Real Estate Women Network National Impact Award, Economic Development, 2011

Industry Groups

  • Financial Institutions
  • Real Estate Development
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Office Location for Irene M. MacDougall

The Tower at Erieview, Suite 3500
1301 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44114

Last Updated: 6/29/2022

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