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Daniel D. Balys has deep experience representing investment and commercial banks and other financial institutions in loan originations, loan workouts and restructurings, and note sale transactions that are secured by commercial real estate assets of all kinds, including office buildings, retail properties, hotels, industrial properties, and multi-family properties. He has represented lenders in the origination of portfolio loans and loans originated for commercial mortgage-backed securitization programs.

Dan’s lending practice includes construction, purchase, refinancing, and restructuring. He has represented a variety of financial institutions at the senior loan, junior loan, and mezzanine loan levels and in the capacities of administrative agent, co-lender, and lead lender. His practice also includes the representation of borrowers in commercial real estate loan transactions; purchasers and sellers in the acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate assets; and tenants and landlords in the leasing of office, retail, and industrial buildings.

Prior to transitioning to private practice, Dan was in-house counsel with Equity Office Properties Trust (the largest publicly traded REIT with over $25 billion dollars in real estate holdings) with respect to the company’s acquisition, disposition, financing, and leasing of office buildings.


  • Finance



  • Licensed Real Estate Managing Broker, Illinois

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, Chambers & Partners USA Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, 2018, 2022
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association, 2016-Present
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association, 1998-Present


  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1998
  • B.B.A., magna cum laude, Niagara University, 1994
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois