David R. Dlugie

Chicago Office
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David R. Dlugie is chair of the Chicago Real Estate practice and a member of Katten’s Board of Directors. David concentrates his practice in real estate law and represents lenders and borrowers in loan transactions secured by real estate. He provides experienced representation to institutional lenders in loan origination, as well as in workouts of distressed assets from their commercial mortgage and mezzanine loan programs and conduit mortgage loan programs. He also advises developers and lenders in acquiring and selling real estate and landlords and tenants in leasing office space.

David works extensively with clients on acquisitions and sales of distressed and performing loans both on a one-off and pool of loans basis as well as sale of real estate owned (REO) properties across the country. He has also represented financial institutions on securitizations of conduit loans. In addition, he counsels clients on the formation of partnerships and limited liability companies in the real estate area.

Shown below is a selection of David’s engagements.


Chambers USA, 2007–2017
Legal 500, 2007–2010, 2012, 2014–2017
Best Lawyers in America, 2010–2017

Leading Lawyers Network

Leading Lawyers Network
Super Lawyers, 2007–2017

The International Top 100 Magazine

The International Top 100 Magazine, Top 100 Lawyers in America, Top Five Lawyers in Illinois, 2014
Firm News


  • JD, University of Illinois College of Law
  • MAS, University of Illinois
  • BS, University of Illinois, with highest honors

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


2007–2010, 2012, 2014–2017

Leading Lawyers Network


The International Top 100 Magazine

Top 100 Lawyers in America, Top Five Lawyers in Illinois, 2014
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  • Tau Epsilon Phi, Alumni Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association
  • Commercial Real Estate Finance Council
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Real Estate Law Conference Advisory Board
  • The Chicago Bar Association, Real Property Committee
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