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Practice Areas
Education
  • 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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Dennis A. Ferrazzano

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Partner
T. 312.984.3110
F. 312.629.5153

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.

Representative Clients

  • Bulgari
  • Christian Dior
  • Fendi
  • Groupe Arnault
  • Louis Vuitton
  • LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, S.A.

Representative Matters

  • Bulgari Fifth Avenue Flagship, New York

    Primary real estate counsel representing Bulgari Corporation of America in the successful renegotiation of the lease for their North American Flagship store in the Crown Building at 730 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York

  • LVMH Tower

    Represented LVMH in the acquisition of parcel on 57th Street in New York City and the construction of the LVMH Tower, the North American headquarters of LVMH and affiliated brands and the North American flagship store of Christian Dior

  • Louis Vuitton Fifth Avenue Flagship Store

    Represented Louis Vuitton in the acquisition of Fifth Avenue parcel in New York and the construction of North American flagship store and office building

  • Fendi Fifth Avenue Flagship Store

    Represented Fendi in leasing and development of North American flagship store and office building location on Fifth Avenue in New York, NY

  • Groupe Arnault Real Estate Counsel

    Represented Groupe Arnault in the acquisition, development and disposition of various properties in North America

  • Miami Design District Associates, LLC

    Representation of Miami Design District Associates in connection with the preparation of a lease form for its new luxury shopping center development, Design District Center, in Miami, Florida; and in connection with the leasing of several anchor and key tenant leases for the development

  • LVMH Real Estate Counsel

    Primary real estate counsel for LVMH and related entities, including representation of Fendi North America, Inc. in connection with the negotiation of retail leases at The Mall at Short Hills, Beverly Center, Americana Shopping Center, Shoppes at The Palazzo, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Bal Harbour Shops and The Crystals at City Center; representation of Louis Vuitton North America, Inc. in connection with the negotiation of retail leases at Charleston Place, Houston Galleria, Westfield Galleria at Roseville, The Shops at The Bravern, The Mall at Short Hills, Westfarms Mall, NorthPark Center and The Crystals at City Center; representation of DFS Group, L.P. in connection with the renegotiation of retail lease for the DFS Galleria luxury department store in Waikiki, Hawaii; and Sephora USA, Inc., in connection with the negotiation of numerous shopping center and free-standing store leases throughout the United States

  • Apex Oil Company

    Lead Debtor's counsel in the successful Chapter 11 reorganization of Apex Oil Company and related entities in St. Louis, Missouri

  • 313-317 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California

    Primary real estate counsel representing an LVMH affiliate in connection with the acquisition of a 30 year ground lease and option to purchase a luxury retail property at 313-317 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California

  • 420 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California

    Primary real estate counsel representing LVMH in the successful negotiation and purchase of luxury retail property at 420 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California

Professional Activities and Honors

  • Top Ranked, Illinois Real Estate, Chambers USA (2008-2017)
  • Selected, Real Estate Law, The Best Lawyers in America® (2006-2017)
  • Selected, Illinois Super Lawyers (2005-2006, 2008-2017)
  • Named, Chicago - Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Best Lawyers in America® (2015)
  • 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

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