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Dean A. Isaacs focuses his practice on a broad spectrum of issues related to U.S. and international real estate, including construction, acquisition and mezzanine loans. He also focuses on intercreditor agreements, joint ventures, land assemblage, acquisition and disposition, and his real estate development experience extends to office buildings, shops and retail establishments, hotels, entertainment venues, resorts, residences, condominiums and condominium-hotels. Dean also counsels clients on remedial loan matters such as workouts, restructurings and foreclosures.


Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Super Lawyers Magazine, Illinois Super Lawyers, 2021-2022
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2013-2024
  • Listed, Leading Lawyers Network, 2013-2023
    • Top 100 Real Estate Lawyers in Illinois, 2015-2016
  • Team Member, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2010, 2013 and 2017-2018
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers®,"Law Firm of the Year" in Real Estate Law, 2015
  • Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2011-2013, 2015, and 2022
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law, 1986
    • Order of the Coif
    • Associate Editor, University of Illinois Law Review
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983
    • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Illinois
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