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Dennis is a senior partner and a founder of Barack Ferrazzano. He concentrates his practice on commercial real estate, as well as corporate, securities and business planning matters. Dennis has extensive experience in the acquisition, development, leasing and disposition of office buildings, shopping centers and other retail locations, multi-family housing, industrial buildings and mixed used facilities, as well as real estate financings, restructurings and work-outs.

Dennis is consistently ranked among the top lawyers in Illinois for his real estate practice. In 2015, Leading Lawyers named Dennis the #1 Real Estate Lawyer in Illinois for the 4th year in a row. Since 2006, Dennis has been selected by his peers to U.S. News’ Best Lawyers in America ranking, and was named Best Lawyers® 2015 Real Estate Law "Lawyer of the Year” in Chicago.

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Professional Activities & Honors

  • Named, Chicago - Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Best Lawyers in America® (2015, 2018)
  • Selected, Real Estate Law, The Best Lawyers in America® (2006-2018)
  • Top Ranked, Illinois Real Estate, Chambers USA (2008-2017)
  • Selected, Illinois Super Lawyers (2005-2006, 2008-2017)
  • Selected, Leading Lawyers Network (2003-2016)
    • #1 in Top Ten Real Estate (2012-2015)
    • Top Ten Real Estate: Commercial
    • Top Ten Real Estate: Finance
    • Closely & Privately Held Business Law in Illinois
  • Outstanding Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University School of Law, 1995-1999
  • Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Law and William H. Trumbull Lecturer, Northwestern University School of Law, 1979-1999
  • Robert Childres Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University School of Law, 1985
  • Notes and Comments Editor, Northwestern University Law Review, 1970-1971
  • Order of the Coif



Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1971

Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1968

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • State of Wisconsin
  • District of Columbia

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