FacultyFaculty/Author Profile
Harold S. Dembo

Harold S. Dembo

Much Shelist, P.C.

Chicago, IL, USA

An experienced transactional attorney with a primary focus on real estate, Harold Dembo serves as Co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate group. His practice emphasizes the representation of lenders, builders, entrepreneurs, investors and other parties engaged in the development and management of a wide range of industrial, commercial, residential and mixed-use projects.

Harold 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 a range of leases and provides counsel with respect to the acquisition, development and financing of real estate projects. He is also experienced in negotiating workouts in loan transactions for lender and borrower clients. A certified public accountant, he also advises clients on a range of legal and business issues.


Harold is a member of the American, Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations. He has also been recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network as a top Illinois lawyer in the areas of commercial real estate and closely and privately held business law (2007-2016). Harold speaks and has written articles on a wide variety of real estate topics for industry trade and professional organizations.


Harold serves on the Board of Trustees for Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook, Illinois. He has also been a pro bono lawyer for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and a member of the firm's Social Responsibility Committee.


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law J.D., 1979
  • University of Illinois B.S., with highest honors, Bronze Tablet, 1976
  • Harold is admitted to practice in Illinois.


  • "Q&A with Much Shelist's Harold Dembo", Law360, New York, December 15, 2011
  • "Landlords and Tenants: Tips to Maximize Office Leasing", Facility Management Journal, November, 2011
  • "Don't Overlook the Role of the Mortgagee When Negotiating Commercial Leases", National Real Estate Investor, August 2, 2011
  • "Challenges & Opportunities in Office Leasing in 2010", Northern Illinois Real Estate Magazine, July, 2010
  • "Tips to Maximize Office Leasing", Facilities Management Journal, November, 2011
  • "Lawyers See More Redoing of Office Leases", Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, January 3, 2011
Harold S. Dembo is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Perspectives in Commercial Leasing - 19th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Wednesday, December 06, 2017

  • twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • RSS

All Contents Copyright © 1996-2018 Practising Law Institute. Continuing Legal Education since 1933.

© 2018 PLI PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE. All rights reserved. The PLI logo is a service mark of PLI.