Lisa Davidson

Executive Managing Director


Transaction Volume

  • 15 million SF


  • Not-For-Profit
  • Transaction Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Professional Services Firms
  • Large & Mid-Cap Corporations

Professional Expertise

Lisa Davidson is an Executive Managing Director for Savills Studley in Chicago. She joined the firm in 1997 and has more than 30 years of experience as an advocate on behalf of commercial tenants in downtown Chicago. Lisa has been continually and consistently recognized as one of Savills Studley’s top performers, executing more than 15 million square feet of transactions throughout her career. An expert in reducing real estate costs for space users, Lisa has a diverse client portfolio that includes professional service firms, major corporations and associations. She has executed transactions on behalf of Morton Salt, Integrys, Alliance Bernstein and ADM, to name a few. Most recently, Lisa was part of the team representing the seller of the Old Post Office in Chicago.

Most notably, Lisa has developed an exceptional practice in the area of early lease restructuring that has helped numerous firms achieve favorable economic terms.

Activities & Achievements

Lisa has received immense recognition in the Chicago region as one of the leading tenant representation professionals in commercial real estate. She has been profiled as a “Women of Influence” by RE Forum Magazine and was inducted into the Midwest Real Estate News’ Hall of Fame. Lisa, alongside her team, was honored with the prestigious Crain’s Greater Chicago Food Depository Commercial Real Estate Award for “Office Broker of the Year in 2002 and 2007; was a finalist for the Illinois Real Estate Journal’s Crystal Apple Award; and received the 5th Annual Commercial Forum Gold Award for Leasing Office Tenant Representative. In addition, Lisa has been recognized in Real Estate MidAmerica magazine as a “40 Under 40” to watch and was named to YWCA’s Academy of Women Leaders.

Lisa is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, Crew, Corenet and the Chicago Office Leasing Brokers Association (COLBA). She also serves on the Leadership Council of Women Tech Founders and was selected as a Mentor for Chicago Scholars.


Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and Economics from Northwestern University and has received the MCR designation from Corenet.

Lisa Davidson

Case Studies

Morton Salt

Chicago, IL ... MORE