June 12, 2007

Chicago-based law firm Much Shelist recently appointed new leaders for the firm's Business & Finance and Real Estate practice groups.

Julie M. Hanusa, elevated from vice chair to chair of the Business & Finance practice group and continuing as head of the Commercial Finance practice, concentrates on commercial finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and health care law. She has extensive experience handling a wide variety of complex transactions on behalf of public and private corporations, financial institutions and individuals. These include multi-million-dollar acquisitions, divestitures and a broad range of other commercial financing transactions. Hanusa also counsels physicians and other health care providers on regulatory issues, contract matters and business structuring. She received a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and a B.A. (with highest distinction) from the University of Iowa.

David A. Alman, named vice chair of the Business & Finance practice group, focuses on corporate law, secured lending, and corporate finance and securities. Alman represents a diverse group of companies in connection with significant business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity investments. He also represents both financial institutions and corporate borrowers in his commercial finance practice. Alman received a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law (magna cum laude) and a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Scott L. David, named chair of the Real Estate practice group, advises clients on a full range of commercial real estate matters. He assists clients in the buying and selling of all types of commercial properties, including multi-family apartment buildings and industrial facilities, and in creating entities for the ownership of real property. David has reviewed, negotiated and completed the documentation for hundreds of commercial office, shopping center and industrial lease transactions. He represents banks and other financial institutions in real estate loan transactions, including conventional, construction, permanent and participation mortgage lending. David received a J.D. from Washington University School of Law and a B.A. from Northern Illinois University (cum laude).

Harold S. Dembo, who joined the firm in September, 2006, was named vice chair of the Real Estate practice group. Dembo focuses on the representation of lenders, builders, investors and other parties engaged in the development and management of a wide range of industrial, commercial, residential and mixed-use projects. Dembo also represents institutional lenders in virtually all aspects of commercial real estate and corporate loan transactions. On behalf of property managers, owners and tenants, he negotiates leases and provides counsel with respect to the acquisition, development and financing of real estate projects. A certified public accountant, Dembo also advises clients on a range of business issues. He received a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and a B.S. (Bronze Tablet) from the University of Illinois.