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JONES LANG LASALLE INC filed this Form S-1/A on 07/15/1997
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                                                                   EXHIBIT 10.15

 
                                    FORM OF
                           INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT


          AGREEMENT, effective as of July __, 1997 by and between LaSalle
Partners Incorporated, a Maryland corporation (the "Company"), and
______________ ("Indemnitee").

          WHEREAS, it is essential to the Company to retain and attract as
directors and officers the most capable persons available;

          WHEREAS, Indemnitee is a director or officer of the
Company;

          WHEREAS, both the Company and Indemnitee recognize the increased risk
of litigation and other claims being asserted against directors and officers of
public companies in today's environment;

          WHEREAS, the Charter and Bylaws of the Company permit the Company to
indemnify and advance expenses to its directors and officers to the full extent
permitted by law and Indemnitee has been serving and continues to serve as a
director or officer of the Company in part in reliance on such Charter and
Bylaws;

          WHEREAS, in recognition of Indemnitee's need for substantial
protection against personal liability in order to enhance Indemnitee's continued
service to the Company in an effective manner, and in part to provide Indemnitee
with specific contractual assurance that the protection promised by the
aforesaid Charter and Bylaws will
 be available to Indemnitee (regardless of,
among other things, any amendment to or revocation of such Charter or Bylaws or
any change in the composition of the Company's Board of Directors or acquisition
transaction relating to the Company), the Company wishes to provide in this
Agreement for the indemnification of and the advancing of expenses to
Indemnitee to the fullest extent (whether partial or complete) permitted by law
and as set forth in this Agreement and, to the extent insurance is obtained, for
the continued coverage of Indemnitee under the Company's directors' and
officers' liability insurance policies;


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          NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of Indemnitee
continuing to serve the Company directly or, at its request, another enterprise,
and intending to be legally bound hereby, the parties hereto agree as follows:

          1.   Certain Definitions:
     
               (a)  Change in Control:  shall be deemed to have occurred if: (i)
any "person" (as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, as amended), other than (x) a trustee or other fiduciary
holding securities under an employee benefit plan of the Company or (y) a
corporation owned directly or indirectly by the stockholders of the Company in
substantially the same proportions as their ownership of stock of the Company,
becomes the "beneficial owner" (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under said Act),
directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing 30% or more of
the total voting power represented by the Company's then outstanding Voting
Securities; provided, that the foregoing shall not apply to any person who, as
of the date of this Agreement, is the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly,
of securities of the Company representing 30% or more of the Company's Voting
Securities; (ii) during any period of two consecutive years, individuals who at
the beginning of such period constitute the Board of Directors of the Company
and any new director whose election by the Board of Directors or nomination for
election by the Company's stockholders was approved by a vote of at least two-
thirds (2/3) of the directors then still in office who either were directors at
the beginning of the period or whose election or nomination for election was
previously so approved, cease for any reason to constitute a majority thereof;
or (iii) the stockholders of the Company approve a merger or consolidation of
the Company with any other corporation, other than a merger or consolidation
which would result in the Voting Securities of the Company outstanding
immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by remaining
outstanding or by being converted into voting Securities of the surviving
entity) at least 80% of the total voting power represented by the Voting
Securities of the Company or such surviving entity outstanding immediately after
such merger or consolidation, or the stockholders of the Company approve a plan
of complete liquidation or dissolution of the Company or an agreement for the
sale or disposition by the Company of (in one transaction or a series of
transactions) all or substantially all the Company's assets. 

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               (b)  Claim:  any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or
proceeding, or any inquiry or investigation, whether instituted by the Company
or any other party, that Indemnitee in good faith believes might lead to the
institution of any such action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal,
administrative, investigative or other.

               (c)  Expenses:  include attorneys' fees and all other costs,
expenses and obligations paid or incurred in connection with investigating,
defending, being a witness in or participating in (including on appeal), or
preparing to defend, be a witness in or participate in any Claim relating to any
Indemnifiable Event.

               (d)  Indemnifiable Event:  any event or occurrence related to the
fact that Indemnitee is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the
Company, or is or was serving at the request of the Company as a director,
officer, employee, trustee, agent or fiduciary of another corporation,
partnership, joint venture, employee benefit plan, trust or other enterprise, or
by reason of anything done or not done by Indemnitee in any such capacity.

               (e)  Independent Legal Counsel:  an attorney or firm of
attorneys, selected by a majority vote of a quorum consisting of directors who
are not parties to such Claim, or if such a quorum cannot be obtained, by the
majority vote of a committee consisting solely of two or more directors not
parties to such Claim and who are duly designated to act in the matter by a
majority vote of the full Board of Directors in which directors who are parties
may participate, or if such a quorum or such a committee cannot be established,
by a majority vote of the full Board of Directors in which directors who are
parties to such Claim may participate, who shall not have otherwise performed
services for the Company or Indemnitee within the last three years (other than
with respect to matters

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concerning the rights of Indemnitee under this Agreement or of other indemnitees
under similar indemnity agreements).

               (f)  Reviewing Party:  any appropriate person or body appointed
by (i) the Board of Directors by a majority vote of a quorum consisting of
directors who are not parties to such Claim, or if such a quorum cannot be
obtained, by a majority vote of a committee consisting solely of two or more
directors not parties to such Claim and who are duly designated to act in the
matter by a majority vote of the full Board of Directors in which directors who
are parties may participate or (ii) Independent Legal Counsel.

               (g)  Voting Securities:  any securities of the Company entitled
to vote generally in the election of directors.

          2.   Basic Indemnification Arrangement.  (a) In the event Indemnitee
was, is or becomes a party to or witness or other participant in, or is
threatened to be made a party to or witness or other participant in, a Claim by
reason of (or arising in part out of) an Indemnifiable Event, the Company shall
indemnify Indemnitee to the fullest extent permitted by law as soon as
practicable but in any event no later than thirty days after written demand is
presented to the Company, against any and all Expenses, judgments, fines,
penalties and amounts paid in settlement (including all interest, assessments
and other charges paid or payable in connection with or in respect of such
Expenses, judgments, fines, penalties or amounts paid in settlement) of such
Claim.  Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, prior to a
Change in Control Indemnitee shall not be entitled to indemnification pursuant
to this Agreement in connection with any Claim initiated by Indemnitee unless
the Board of Directors has authorized or consented to the initiation of such
Claim.  If so requested by Indemnitee and upon the receipt by the Company of a
written affirmation by Indemnitee of Indemnitee's good faith belief that the
standard of conduct necessary for indemnification has been met, the Company
shall advance (within two business days of such request) any and all Expenses
to Indemnitee (an "Expense Advance").

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               (b)  Notwithstanding the foregoing, (i) the obligations of the
Company under Section 2(a) shall be subject to the condition that the Reviewing
Party shall not have determined (in a written opinion, in any case in which the
Independent Legal Counsel referred to in Section 3 hereof is involved) that
Indemnitee would not be permitted to be indemnified under applicable law and
(ii) the obligation of the Company to make an Expense Advance pursuant to
Section 2(a) shall be subject to the condition that, if, when and to the extent
that the Reviewing Party determines that Indemnitee would not be permitted to be
so indemnified under applicable law, the Company shall be entitled to be
reimbursed by Indemnitee (who hereby agrees to reimburse the Company) for all
such amounts theretofore paid; provided, however, that if Indemnitee has
commenced or thereafter commences legal proceedings in a court of competent
jurisdiction to secure a determination that Indemnitee should be indemnified
under applicable law, any determination made by the Reviewing Party that
Indemnitee would not be permitted to be indemnified under applicable law shall
not be binding and Indemnitee shall not be required to reimburse the Company for
any Expense Advance until a final judicial determination is made with respect
thereto (as to which all rights of appeal therefrom have been exhausted or
lapsed). If there has not been a Change in Control, the Reviewing Party shall be
selected by the Board of Directors, and if there has been such a Change in
Control, the Reviewing Party shall be the Independent Legal Counsel
referred to in Section 3 hereof. If there has been no determination by the
Reviewing Party or if the Reviewing Party determines that Indemnitee
substantively would not be permitted to be indemnified in whole or in part under
applicable law, Indemnitee shall have the right to commence litigation in any
court in the State of Maryland having subject matter jurisdiction thereof and in
which venue is proper seeking an initial determination by the court or
challenging any such determination by the Reviewing Party or any aspect thereof,
including the legal or factual bases therefor, and the Company hereby consents
to service of process and to appear in any such proceeding. Any determination
by the Reviewing Party otherwise shall be conclusive and binding on the Company
and Indemnitee.

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          3.   Change in Control.  The Company agrees that if there is a Change
in Control of the Company, then with respect to all matters thereafter arising
concerning the rights of Indemnitee to indemnity payments and Expense Advances
under this Agreement or any other agreement or Company Bylaw now or hereafter in
effect relating to Claims for Indemnifiable Events, the Company shall seek legal
advice only from Independent Legal Counsel. Such counsel, among other things,
shall render its written opinion to the Company and Indemnitee as to whether and
to what extent the Indemnitee would be permitted to be indemnified under
applicable law. The Company agrees to pay the reasonable fees of the Independent
Legal Counsel referred to above and to fully indemnify such counsel against any
and all expenses (including attorneys' fees), claims, liabilities and damages
arising out of or relating to this Agreement or its engagement pursuant hereto.

          4.   Indemnification for Additional Expenses.  The Company shall
indemnify Indemnitee against any and all expenses (including attorneys' fees)
and, if requested by Indemnitee, shall (within two business days of such 
request) advance such expenses to Indemnitee which are incurred by Indemnitee in
connection with any action brought by Indemnitee for (i) indemnification or
advance payment of Expenses by the Company under this Agreement or any other
agreement or Company Bylaw now or hereafter in effect relating to Claims for
Indemnifiable Events and/or (ii) recovery under any directors' and officers'
liability insurance policies maintained by the Company, regardless of whether
Indemnitee ultimately is determined to be entitled to such indemnification,
advance expense payment or insurance recovery, as the case may be.

          5.   Partial Indemnity, Etc.  If Indemnitee is entitled under any
provision of this Agreement to indemnification by the Company for some or a
portion of the Expenses, judgments, fines, penalties and amounts paid in
settlement of a Claim but not, however, for all of the total amount thereof, the
Company shall nevertheless indemnify Indemnitee for the portion thereof to
which Indemnitee is entitled.  Moreover, notwithstanding any other provision of
this Agreement, to the extent that Indemnitee has been successful on the merits
or otherwise in defense

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of any or all Claims relating in whole or in part to an Indemnifiable Event or
in defense of any issue or matter therein, including dismissal without
prejudice, Indemnitee shall be indemnified against all Expenses incurred in
connection therewith.

          6.   Burden of Proof. In connection with any determination by the
Reviewing Party or otherwise as to whether Indemnitee is entitled to be
indemnified hereunder, the burden of proof shall be on the Company to establish
that Indemnitee is not so entitled.

          7.   No Presumptions. For purposes of this Agreement, the termination
of any claim, action, suit or proceeding, by judgment, order or settlement
(whether with or without court approval) shall not create a presumption that
Indemnitee did not meet any particular standard of conduct or have any
particular belief or that a court has determined that indemnification is not
permitted by applicable law. For purposes of this Agreement, the termination of
any claim, action, suit or proceeding by conviction or upon a plea of nolo
contendere, or its equivalent, shall create a rebuttable presumption that
Indemnitee did not meet the particular standard of conduct required by
applicable law. In addition, neither the failure of the Reviewing Party to have
made a determination as to whether Indemnitee has met any particular standard of
conduct or had any particular belief, nor an actual determination by the
Reviewing Party that Indemnitee has not met such standard of conduct or did not
have such belief, prior to the commencement of legal proceedings by Indemnitee
to secure a judicial determination that Indemnitee should be indemnified under
applicable law shall be a defense to Indemnitee's claim or create a presumption
that Indemnitee has not met any particular standard of conduct or did not have
any particular belief.

          8.   Nonexclusivity, Etc. The rights of the Indemnitee hereunder shall
be in addition to any other rights Indemnitee may have under the Company's
Bylaws or the Maryland General Corporation Law or otherwise. To the extent that
a change in the Maryland General Corporation Law (whether by statute or judicial
decision) permits greater indemnification by agreement than would be afforded
currently under the Company's Bylaws and this Agreement, it is the intent of
the parties hereto that Indemni-

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tee shall enjoy by this Agreement the greater benefits so afforded by such
change.

          9.   Liability Insurance.  To the extent the Company maintains an
insurance policy or policies providing directors' and officers' liability
insurance, Indemnitee shall be covered by such policy or policies, in
accordance with its or their terms, to the maximum extent of the coverage
available for any Company director or officer.

          10.  Period of Limitations.  No legal action shall be brought and no
cause of action shall be asserted by or in the right of the Company against
Indemnitee or Indemnitee's spouse, heirs, executors or personal or legal
representatives after the expiration of two years from the date of accrual of
such cause of action, and any claim or cause of action of the Company shall be
extinguished and deemed released unless asserted by the timely filing of a legal
action within such two-year period provided, however, that if any shorter
period of limitations is otherwise applicable to any such cause of action, such
shorter period shall govern.

          11.  Amendments, Etc.  No supplement, modification or amendment of
this Agreement shall be binding unless executed in writing by both of the
parties hereto. No waiver of any of the provisions of this Agreement shall be
deemed or shall constitute a waiver of any other provisions hereof (whether or
not similar) nor shall such waiver constitute a continuing waiver.

          12.  Subrogation.  In the event of payment under this Agreement, the
Company shall be subrogated to the extent of such payment to all of the rights
of recovery of Indemnitee, who shall execute all papers required and shall do
everything that may be necessary to secure such rights, including the execution
of such documents necessary to enable the Company effectively to bring suit to
enforce such rights.

          13.  No Duplication of Payments.  The Company shall not be liable
under this Agreement to make any payment in connection with any Claim made
against Indemnitee to the extent Indemnitee has otherwise actually received
payment (under any insurance policy, Bylaw or otherwise) of the amounts
otherwise indemnifiable hereunder.

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          14.  Binding Effect, Etc.  This Agreement shall be binding upon and
inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the parties hereto and their
respective successors and assigns, including any direct or indirect successor
by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise to all or substantially all of
the business and/or assets of the Company; spouses; heirs; executors and
personal and legal representatives.  This Agreement shall continue in effect
regardless of whether Indemnitee continues to serve as an officer or director of
the Company.

          15.  Severability.  The provisions of this Agreement shall be
severable in the event that any of the provisions hereof (including any
provision within a single section, paragraph or sentence) is held by a court of
competent jurisdiction to be invalid, void or otherwise unenforceable in any
respect, and the validity and enforceability of any such provision in every
other respect and of the remaining provisions hereof shall not be in any way
impaired and shall remain enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.

          16.  Governing Law.  This Agreement shall be governed by and construed
and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland applicable to
contracts made and to be performed in such state without giving effect to the
principles of conflicts of laws.

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          IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement
this __ day of June, 1997.


                                    LASALLE PARTNERS INCORPORATED


                                    By
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                                    Name:
                                    Title:


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                                    Name:

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