We’re proud of our history.

Looking back more than 50 years, our founding partners were young attorneys determined to practice law differently. After Morrie Much accepted an offer to take ownership of an established real estate firm, he turned to a trusted friend and fellow attorney, Michael Shelist, to handle his clients’ estates and trusts.

These visionaries shared a similar approach to practicing law and soon decided to make their partnership official. On August 1, 1970, Much Shelist opened on West Madison Street in downtown Chicago. From there, the firm grew as Morrie and Michael hired five attorneys to meet the needs of their expanding client base.

Our founding partners’ legacy of contributing to the success of their clients, building a firm culture like no other, and maintaining a talented, performance-driven team continues to this day.

"Since 1970, Much Shelist has placed great value on building relationships—both business and personal. We’re more than just lawyers. In fact, many clients think of us as friends. I’m proud that nearly five decades later, our attorneys are still making meaningful and lasting connections that extend well beyond the boardroom."

- Morrie Much, Founding Partner