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Dennis is a senior partner and a founder of Barack Ferrazzano. He concentrates his practice on commercial real estate and business planning matters. Dennis is the primary North American real estate counsel for Bernard Arnault, LVMH, and all the LVMH brands in the Americas.

Dennis was the William H. Trumbull lecturer and adjunct professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law from 1979 to 1999, and in 1985 was awarded the Robert Childres Memorial Award as the outstanding professor in the School.

Dennis is consistently ranked among the top lawyers in Illinois for his real estate practice. He has been named by Leading Lawyers as the #1 Real Estate Lawyer in Illinois and by U.S. News’ Best Lawyers in America© as the 2020 Real Estate Law "Lawyer of the Year” in Chicago.

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Activities & Honors

  • Selected, The Best Lawyers in America© (2006-2023)
    • Real Estate Law
    • Named, Chicago - Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2015, 2018, 2020)
  • Selected, Leading Lawyers Network (2003-2023)
    • #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
  • Selected, Illinois Super Lawyers (2005-2006, 2008-2023)
  • Top Ranked, Illinois Real Estate, Chambers USA (2008-2022)
  • Outstanding Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (1995-1999)
  • Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (1979-1999)
  • William H. Trumbull Lecturer, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (1979-1999)
  • Robert Childres Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (1985)
  • Notes and Comments Editor, Northwestern University Law Review (1970-1971)
  • Order of the Coif



Northwestern University Pritzker 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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