Real Estate Law

Real estate is an industry built on relationships.  It’s all about who you know.  A cornerstone of the firm since our formation in 1970, our attorneys are well-connected and well-versed in every area of real estate law. We represent developers, buyers, sellers, landlords, property managers, brokers, tenants, institutional investors, syndicators and others in transactions across the United States.  We also frequently serve as local counsel for colleagues in other states who are closing deals in Illinois and California.  

Extensive Network

No business operates in a vacuum. This is particularly true when it comes to real estate transactions, where deals are negotiated within a complex system of legal, financial, regulatory and business obligations, and the benefits of maintaining the right relationships and connections can be immeasurable.

We are part of an extensive network of real estate professionals throughout the Midwest and across the country, including agents, associations, brokers, lenders, institutional investors, management companies, title companies, zoning boards, and other individuals and organizations.  We strive to provide our clients with the connections they need to achieve their goals – quickly and effectively.

Practice Group Leadership

Harold S. Dembo, Co-chair
Courtney E. Mayster, Co-chair

Attorneys

John A. Benson Jr.
Associate
John A. Benson Jr.
Associate

John Benson focuses on business reorganizations, Chapter 11 bankruptcy and out-of-court restructurings. John also represents individuals, financial institutions and corporate entities in litigation arising out of commercial transactions, contract disputes and commercial real estate matters.

 

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Steven P. Blonder
Principal
Steven P. Blonder
Principal

Steve Blonder is a valued legal and business counselor in a wide range of matters. As a skilled advocate whose practice focuses on complex business litigation, Steve has argued successfully before the federal appellate courts, and possesses a record of consistent success in motion and trial practice (both jury and non-jury) in state and federal courts and in arbitration. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries.

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David T. Brown
Chairman
David T. Brown
Chairman

David T. Brown is an accomplished attorney who counsels public companies and closely held businesses on complex matters, including strategic planning, talent development, acquisitions and dispositions, private placements of debt and equity and tax and entity structures.  David also serves as chairman of Much Shelist and is actively involved in strategic planning and leadership development for the firm. Prior to his appointment to chairman of Much Shelist, David served as chair of the firm’s management committee for thirteen years.

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Michael D. Burstein
Principal
Michael D. Burstein
Principal

Michael Burstein represents clients in a broad range of commercial real estate and real estate finance transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions; commercial, office and industrial leasing on behalf of landlords and tenants; condominium project development, including registrations under the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act reciprocal easement agreements and declarations of covenants, conditions and restrictions for multi-owner developments, including vertically subdivided buildings; and financing and refinancing on behalf of property owners.

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Barry A. Comin
Principal
Barry A. Comin
Principal

Barry Comin brings more than 35 years of experience to clients engaged in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, with particular emphasis on financing, acquisition, development, leasing and construction.

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Scott L. David
Principal
Scott L. David
Principal

Scott David advises real estate funds, private and public companies on a full range of commercial real estate matters and business transactions, including the buying, selling and leasing of all classes of commercial properties. He represents several investment funds in the acquisition, leasing and disposition of industrial properties. He has also worked with many businesses in the relocation, expansion or consolidation of their industrial facilities, including new development and rehabilitation projects.

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Steven L. DeGraff
Principal
Steven L. DeGraff
Principal

Steve L. DeGraff is an accomplished transactional attorney with more than 20 years of experience representing entrepreneurs, developers, owners and institutional lenders in a full range of commercial real estate matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, financing and leasing transactions. He also represents real estate developers in all aspects of condominium law. Steve has extensive experience in a broad range of financial distress issues, which include negotiating and facilitating favorable results in workouts of financially troubled loans.  He regularly acts as an advisor to closely held business in connection with their everyday legal and businees needs.

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Harold S. Dembo
Principal
Harold S. Dembo
Principal

An experienced transactional attorney with a primary focus on real estate, Harold Dembo serves as Chair of the firm's Real Estate group. His practice emphasizes the representation of lenders, builders, entrepreneurs, investors and other parties engaged in the development and management of a wide range of industrial, commercial, residential and mixed-use projects.

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Scott R. Fradin
Principal
Scott R. Fradin
Principal

Scott Fradin is the co-chair of the firm’s Construction Group.  In his practice, Scott draws on his significant experience as both an attorney and a licensed architect (having practiced for several years) to draft and negotiate complex design and construction agreements on behalf of owners, architects, engineers, contractors and specialty subcontractors.  Scott’s passion for design and construction and unique understanding of the construction process facilitates his main goal, which is minimizing the likelihood of construction disputes. Scott has developed contract templates for contractors, architects, major institutional owners as well as Fortune 500 companies. Scott’s experience in the construction industry also has enabled him to successfully represent clients involved in a wide range of construction-related matters, including breach of contract, delay and disruption claims, design- and construction-defect claims, bond claims and mechanics lien disputes.  Scott has also assisted his design professional clients on licensing and other professional regulation matters.

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Sonja R. Johnson
Special Counsel
Sonja R. Johnson
Special Counsel

Sonja Johnson has been actively engaged in the practice of real estate tax law since 1982. She provides experienced, insightful guidance in tax assessment valuation, tax incentives, reclassifications, tax parcel divisions and consolidations, and exemptions.

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Melisande C. Loeppert
Associate
Melisande C. Loeppert
Associate

Meli Loeppert represents clients in a variety of legal matters with a particular focus on complex litigation, including contract disputes, bankruptcy and consumer finance issues. Meli has assisted the firm’s banking, mortgage lending, and loan servicer clients in claims brought under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Meli has prosecuted violations of building, health and safety codes; negotiated settlement offers with opposing counsel; and drafted motions, briefs and proposed ordinances.

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Courtney E. Mayster
Principal
Courtney E. Mayster
Principal

Courtney Mayster is Vice Chair of the firm's Real Estate practice group, where she focuses her practice on the representation of lenders, property owners, developers and investors in multifamily, retail, commercial and industrial acquisitions, dispositions, finance, development and construction projects.  She works with local and nationally recognized financial institutions in documenting commercial acquisition and construction loans, including loan participations and syndications. Courtney's practice also extends to working with banks, borrowers, and investors on loan workouts, restructurings and distressed asset sales.

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Morrie Much
Principal
Morrie Much
Principal

The founder of the firm in 1970, Morrie Much is an experienced real estate and business lawyer who advises clients in virtually all aspects of commercial real estate transactions and represents companies and individuals in a broad range of other business matters. His clients include developers, investors, syndicators, brokers, banks, insurance companies, pension funds and mortgage bankers.

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Norman B. Newman
Principal
Norman B. Newman
Principal

A creditors' rights, insolvency and bankruptcy attorney for 35 of his 39 years in practice, Norm Newman serves as Co-Chair of the firm's Creditors' Rights, Insolvency & Bankruptcy practice group. Norm has represented debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors' committees and bankruptcy trustees in all phases of proceedings under the Bankruptcy Code.

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Mary T. Nicolau
Special Counsel
Mary T. Nicolau
Special Counsel

Mary Nicolau is an accomplished attorney who helps her clients reduce real estate tax liabilities and resolve disputes with taxing authorities and other governing entities. Mary has advised real estate companies, developers, banks, investors and other business clients on a variety of real estate tax matters. She regularly represents clients before local assessors and in hearings before local boards of review, the Property Tax Appeal Board of Illinois, Illinois Department of Revenue and the Circuit Courts on matters involving real estate tax issues including exemptions, sales in error, tax sales, specific objections and all related tax issues.

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Joel S. Polisky
Principal
Joel S. Polisky
Principal

Joel Polisky is a seasoned transactional lawyer who represents closely held businesses, often as general counsel, in connection with planning and implementing business strategies and a wide range of transactions, among them the disposition and acquisition of assets and entity structuring. His clients are engaged in a broad array of businesses, including manufacturing, retail, health care, and business and personal services.

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Joel E. Resnick
Principal
Joel E. Resnick
Principal

As a member of the firm's Real Estate practice group, Joel E. Resnick brings more than 30 years of experience to clients engaged in all phases of commercial real estate transactions, locally and nationally.

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David L. Rieser
Principal
David L. Rieser
Principal

David Rieser is head of the firm's Environmental, Regulatory & Redevelopment Law practice. He has over three decades of experience advising clients in all areas of environmental law, including legislative, regulatory, compliance and law enforcement matters, corporate, commercial and real estate transactions, governmental and private cost-recovery actions, environmental insurance coverage, and remediation of contaminated sites. David serves Fortune 100 and mid-sized companies operating in a broad range of industries, including power generation, chemicals, petroleum, steel, railways, food and consumer products, financial services, waste management and insurance.

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Lee A. Robertson
Associate
Lee A. Robertson
Associate

Lee Robertson assists clients in a variety of matters, including acquisitions and dispositions of commercial real estate, lease negotiations and other real estate transactions. Lee also represents clients before municipalities and local officials in relation to licenses, zoning changes, special uses and variations and planned developments.

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Mitchell S. Roth
Managing Partner
Mitchell S. Roth
Managing Partner

Mitchell Roth, Managing Partner and shareholder at Much Shelist, is an accomplished attorney with more than 25 years of experience advising entrepreneurs, owners, investors and C-suite executives at large public and privately held companies. He serves as outside “general counsel” for many of the firm’s largest clients who value Mitchell’s understanding and experience in the negotiation of complex transactions involving sophisticated tax strategies, corporate governance and succession planning.  Mitchell has negotiated and structured joint ventures, public and private mergers and acquisitions, syndications, commercial lending transactions, management buyouts, equity or debt financings, and private placements valued in the billions of dollars.  His clients are leaders in manufacturing, distribution, investment banking, private equity, financial services, real estate development, technology and other industries.

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Jeffrey C. Rubenstein
Principal
Jeffrey C. Rubenstein
Principal

Jeffrey Rubenstein, an accomplished business lawyer with over 30 years of experience in tax, corporate and real estate matters, represents a variety of firms in the venture and middle markets. They comprise a broad array of businesses, among them public and private manufacturing, investment banking and financial services, health care, real estate and technology.

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Michael B. Sadoff
Principal
Michael B. Sadoff
Principal

Michael Sadoff is an experienced transactional lawyer who advises owners, developers, builders, borrowers, lenders, landlords and tenants in a full spectrum of complex commercial real estate transactions. He also serves as a legal counselor in a wide range of corporate, partnership and general commericial matters.

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Norman A. Shubert
Principal
Norman A. Shubert
Principal

Norm Shubert handles a wide range of commercial transactions for family and closely owned businesses, including tax and corporate planning and the sale and acquisition of businesses.

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Scott J. Smith
Principal
Scott J. Smith
Principal

Scott J. Smith, an accomplished attorney and litigator with significant engineering experience, focuses his practice on construction law, with particular emphasis on design and construction-defect disputes and mechanics liens.

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Steven A. Stender
Principal
Steven A. Stender
Principal

Steve Stender works with clients on real estate and general business transactions. His clients range from real estate companies, REITs and large banks and other financial institutions, to distribution companies and restaurant enterprises. He also advises clients on long-range strategic planning, financial structures and operating policies.

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Glenn D. Taxman
Principal
Glenn D. Taxman
Principal

Glenn maintains a diverse practice across the primary real estate disciplines of acquisitions, dispositions, development, leasing and financing. Depending on the transaction, Glenn has represented buyers, sellers, developers, borrowers, lenders, landlords and tenants. His experience in representing each side of a deal enables him to quickly navigate the transaction and counsel his clients on the best strategies and expectations.

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Paul E. Van Hoomissen
Principal
Paul E. Van Hoomissen
Principal

Paul Van Hoomissen represents clients, including Fortune 1000 companies, in connection with mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, and other business matters. In the litigation area, he represents commercial clients in a variety of issues, including trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, trademark/patent disputes, and contract disputes. He also represents large-scale property owners in litigation relating to the operation and management of commercial property throughout Southern California. Paul, also counsels property management companies and real estate brokers on issues pertaining to the management of community associations and land sales.

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Arnold Weinberg
Principal
Arnold Weinberg
Principal

Arnold Weinberg is a member of the firm's Real Estate practice group. Drawing on his nearly 40 years of experience as an attorney, he advises owners, developers, builders, landlords and tenants in virtually all aspects of commercial, office and industrial real estate acquisitions, development, leasing and other transactions.

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Michael R. Wolfe
Principal
Michael R. Wolfe
Principal

Michael R. Wolfe has enjoyed a successful legal practice for nearly 45 years, serving clients in all areas of real estate transactions and finance, including developments, purchases, sales, exchanges and leases. He concentrates his practice on the representation of financial institutions in real estate related loan transactions of all nature and the representation of commercial, residential and shopping center developers in all areas of acquisition, development and leasing transactions.

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