Chicago law firm Much Shelist adds special counsel

Dean Farley has joined the Chicago office of law firm Much Shelist as Special Counsel in the Construction Law practice group.

An experienced transactional attorney and litigator, Farley helps a broad array of construction, real estate, manufacturing and other companies identify, pursue and achieve their strategic business objectives. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Farley co-owned a company specializing in HVAC systems for commercial, industrial and multi-unit residential buildings. During nearly 10 years in that role, he gained extensive industry insight into the world of construction law.

Farley today advises developers, investors, owners, tenants, investment funds, contractors and subcontractors, privately held and family-owned companies, and mid-sized corporations on matters ranging from construction financing, contracts and agreements to lease negotiations and real property acquisitions and sales. He also has extensive experience managing and handling complex litigation, including disputes involving real estate fraud, foreclosures, mechanics’ liens, restructurings and workouts of multi-property funds and related special purpose entities, lease terminations and evictions.

Before joining Much Shelist, Farley was Of Counsel at Riordan, Fulkerson, Hupert & Coleman. Farley has also served as owner and manager of several special purpose entities holding investment real estate, and worked as a futures trader on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.