Daniel J. Perlman, P.C.

Partner Real Estate


An incredible legal mind, combined with business acumen.” - Chambers USA

Dan has over 35 years of experience navigating a broad range of highly complex and sophisticated transactions in the real estate space. He has been ranked in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2005. In the 2024 edition, a client noted “Dan is a consummate business partner; he’s detail-oriented and sees the big picture.” In previous editions of Chambers USA, clients described Dan as “a super-strong lawyer and very practical,” “a brilliant lawyer and advocate,” noted that “his work product is phenomenal” and mentioned “he has a great reputation.”

Dan has extensive experience in representing some of the industry’s leading REITs in their respective market sectors, including Equity Lifestyle Properties, Ventas, Equity Commonwealth, and Jones Lang LaSalle Income Property Trust, among others. His representation includes multi-billion dollar portfolio acquisitions and joint ventures, secured portfolio financings, corporate-level secured and unsecured financings, internalizing management functions, and transformative restructurings.

Dan also represents private equity investors on real estate fund formations and equity and debt investments directly and indirectly through joint ventures with operating members. Dan has also been lead counsel on some of the nation’s highest profile development and re-development transactions ranging from Times Square mixed-use developments to the complete re-development of major city centers.

Dan also represents borrowers and lenders on securitized, conventional, and mezzanine financings—focusing on special situation financings. His primary concentrations include complex investments in distressed capital stacks, loan workouts, and reorganizations.


Memberships & Affiliations

Member, NAREIT

Board Member, JUF

Member, Political Science Advisory Board for the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan

Volunteer and Past Chicago Board Chair, American Cancer Society

Mentor, LINK Unlimited Scholars


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1985Illinois
  • 2003New York


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.1985
  • University of MichiganB.A.1982