Frieders Law, LLC is the legal practice of Dean Frieders. My practice is built upon the experience of serving clients who have annual budgets ranging from hundreds of dollars to hundreds of millions of dollars, and collaborating on projects of all sizes and complexity. I provide a full range of legal services with extensive experience in corporate law and transactions, real estate transactions, zoning and development, not to mention over a decade representing a range of public bodies in every imaginable capacity, including Court-appointed special counsel, prosecutor, litigation counsel and general corporate counsel. For clients large and small, I have the ability and skill to bring your project to fruition.
Dean Frieders, his wife Dana and daughter Lulu, at Dean’s inauguration as President of the Kane County Bar association.
Your objectives are my deliverables.
I collaborate with my clients to understand their needs, to anticipate the challenges ahead, and to provide strategies to achieve the most favorable outcomes. I enable my clients to make informed decisions, and then adhere to their direction and ensure that they are well-served by creative, comprehensive agreements and arrangements that establish new best practices in their industries. The practice of law is about more than just knowing the statutes—my clients benefit from a true partnership where their legal services are provided in the fashion that best befits them. My client relationships vary from as needed hourly services, to serving as functional in-house counsel providing a full-range of legal acumen. Well-conceived plans often produce results without having to resort to litigation, but when a trip to Court is required, I zealously undertake that action with professionalism and diligence.
Dean Frieders, President of Axletree, Inc., NFP, a 501(c)(3) organized to support outdoor advocacy and to provide affordable transportation to economically disadvantaged families, along with a group of other Axletree officers and volunteers.
Dean Frieders and his brother Ryan at a recent Fire Department Training.
Dean Frieders being sworn in as Kane County Bar Association President.
On the Making of a Lawful Dystopia | Dean Frieders | TEDxNorthCentralCollege
2012-Present: Frieders Law, LLC (Owner):
- Represent numerous public bodies, governmental agencies, private clients and individuals in matters including: residential/commercial/industrial property acquisition, leasing, entitlement and development; corporate law and regulatory compliance; litigation and appeals; governmental work (drafting and enforcement of ordinances, prosecution, Police, Fire, EMS).
- Effectively integrate my practice into my clients’ operations to serve as functional in-house counsel, reducing their costs and improving their speed and quality of services. For one core client, my services as “contractual in-house counsel” have enabled them to reduce staffing from two full-time attorney supported by four support staff employees down to my contractual services supported by a single support staff employee who is also assigned to other, non-legal duties.
- Implement and independently manage projects to outsource staff, streamline processes, resolve conflict and promote development.
- Select, contract for and supervise third party law firms in provision of outsourced legal services on behalf of represented clients.
- Serve as Public Information Officer and public relations consultant on wide array of both positive and negative news from municipal clients.
- Manage numerous commercial and industrial property leases at all stages from negotiation through lease termination for projects ranging from single vendor temporary site license agreements to large-scale, revenue bond funded industrial development.
- Devise, negotiate, document and implement creative incentives to promote beneficial commercial and industrial development (inclusive of real estate tax abatements, sales tax rebates, fee credits and waivers, innovative zoning entitlements, property acquisition cost write-down agreements, tax increment and business district financing, use of tax-advantaged bonds and borrowing, special service areas and special assessments, and related tools). Projects have ranged in size from a single dwelling unit up to multi-unit developments with anticipated values in excess of a quarter of a billion dollars, and with commercial developments ranging from a single storefront to multi-million square foot industrial complexes.
- Negotiate, document and implement planned unit development designation for multifamily development to enable issuance of $21,000,000 of tax-advantaged bonds for redevelopment of site; successfully defend redevelopment from legal challenges by adjacent property owners.
- Negotiate, document and implement construction of wide range of public and private construction projects, and manage regulatory compliance for budgets totaling over $100,000,000 annually.
- Provide ‘in the field’ responses and emergency legal advice and recommendations to police and fire departments confronted by public safety emergencies and legal crises.
- Provide full range of services to corporate clients, including incorporation, operation, contracting and dissolution.
2004-2012: Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi & Andersson, P.C. (Partner, 2007-2012)
- Appointed as Special Assistant State’s Attorney to represent Circuit Clerk in litigation against County Board, resulting in decision allowing Clerk to utilize alternative revenue sources to fully fund office.
- Successfully defended public bodies in circuit and appellate court cases against challenges to annexation, boundary line and development agreements, and established new state laws protecting rights of municipality and developer to contractually agree regarding zoning entitlements for future development.
- Litigated complex creditor claims against Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation relating to bank failures and defaults on letters of credit, as well as violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and sexual harassment/discrimination lawsuits, with verdicts in excess of $1,000,000.
- Negotiated, drafted and secured approvals for annexation and development agreements for tens of thousands of acres of property, and subsequently ensured compliance therewith throughout the development process at all stages including acquisition, entitlement, construction and subsequent lease/sale.
- Successfully defended $23,400,000 special service area backed bond issuance against Internal Revenue Service audit of tax-exempt eligible spending and accounting of funds.
Publications, Presentations and Awards:
- Foundations of Sustainable Development: Law, Regulation and Planning. ISBN 978-1-61438-325-3. Author of book on sustainable development practices, published by the American Bar Association, 2012.
- TEDx Presentation: On the Making of a Lawful Dystopia. TEDx talk at North Central College contemplating the increasing influence of law and liability on public policy, and charting the unintended and challenging social consequences thereof.
- Superlawyer, Rising Star Attorney, Illinois Outstanding Young Lawyer, Kane County Outstanding New Lawyer. Recognized by the Thomson-Reuters Rising Star program in each year of eligibility from 2009-2014, and by Superlawyers program in first year of eligibility (2015-2017) in the field of State, Local and Municipal Lawyers. Selection process involves independent, third party nomination by judges and fellow attorneys, independent review and ranking, and inclusion within the top five percent of nominated attorneys. Also recognized as one of Illinois’ Outstanding Young Lawyers in Chicago Magazine. In 2007, selected as the Kane County Bar Association Outstanding New Lawyer.
- Ordinance Prohibiting Possession or Use of Synthetic Drugs and Bath Salts. Ordinance drafted for use by local client was selected by the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws as their suggested model ordinance for adoption nationwide and was presented at NAMSDL national conference in Washington, D.C., 2012.
- Author of nearly 25 articles in State and County Bar Journals. Topics included compliance with Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act and Red Flag Regulations, construction of public and private buildings, demolition and condemnation of property, regulatory requirements under the Truth in Taxation Act, understanding special service areas and other parcel-specific forms of real property taxation and procedural guides to several court processes.
- Court-Appointed Arbitrator, Guardian ad Litem, and Electoral Objection Hearing Board Officer. Selected by local judiciary for appointment to positions of trust involving exercise of considerable discretion and judgment as necessary for the operation of the legal and electoral systems.
- President, Kane County Bar Association. Having served as General Counsel, Director, Secretary/Treasurer and Vice-President, was elected to serve as President of the oldest bar association in Illinois, comprising over 1,250 members.
- Co-Founder, Northern Illinois University / City of Elgin Sustainable Governance Conference. Served as one of the founders of a collaborative conference on sustainable governance and served as introductory speaker, panel moderator, and presenter of Contracting, Financing and Securing Sustainable Projects: A Team Approach, 2010.
- Volunteer Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician. While busily engaged in the practice of law, obtained certifications as structural firefighter, fire apparatus engineer and emergency medical technician, and served as volunteer firefighter/EMT, listed on National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, 2005-2008.
- President, Axletree Inc., NFP. Co-founder and President of 501(c)(3) charitable corporation organized and operated to support outdoor advocacy and provide economically disadvantaged persons with affordable, safe transportation.
Education and Admissions:
- Illinois State Bar (2004), United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2004), United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2007).
- Juris Doctorate (With Honors, 2004), Chicago-Kent College of Law.
- Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude, Presidential Scholarship Recipient, Richter Fellowship Recipient, 2001), North Central College, Naperville, IL.
- Implemented opportunity for municipal client to refinance and restructure long-term, special-service area backed bond debt, resulting in double-digit reduction in tax burden to residents.
- Negotiated comprehensive development agreement for 500+ unit residential development in transaction involving financing through federal and state grant funding and tax-credit eligible equity funding, and successfully defended municipal client’s exercise of zoning authority against legal challenge from adjacent property owners.
Frieders Law, LLC
P.O. Box 1009
St. Charles, IL 60174