August 1, 2005

Much Shelist today celebrates the 35th anniversary of its founding in Chicago. On August 1, 1970, the law firm's two original principals—attorneys Morrie Much and Michael R. Shelist—established their practice at 105 W. Madison, along with Of Counsel attorney Joseph D. Ament. In 1973, Ament, Michael J. Freed and Howard M. Denenberg also became principals of the firm.

During the firm's first year, approximately five attorneys served a handful of primarily business-oriented clients. As the needs of those clients grew to include litigation and other business-related areas of focus, so did Much Shelist. The firm today encompasses 90 attorneys who offer business and litigation services in a wide range of practice areas, including bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors' rights, class action/contingent fee litigation, corporate finance and securities, employee benefits, health care, intellectual property, labor and employment, real estate, secured lending, taxation and business planning, and wealth transfer and succession planning. Each of the founders continues to maintain an active legal practice.

"We view our 35th anniversary as an ideal time to look back at the firm's proud history while also charging forward to meet the complex legal and business needs of our clients," said David T. Brown, a Principal of the firm and Chair of its Management Committee. "The founders of Much Shelist have given us an invaluable legacy of principled leadership and creative vision, forming a solid foundation for the firm's and our clients' long-term success."