Dean M. Victor

Special Counsel


Dean M. Victor is special counsel and a litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice focuses on litigation services, with a concentration in real estate taxation. Mr. Victor is a member of the firm's Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Victor was supervisor of the Real Estate Tax Division of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, where he regularly represented the Cook County assessor, board of review, treasurer, and clerk in all real estate tax matters.

Mr. Victor has represented hundreds of property owners throughout Cook, Lake, and DuPage counties, on real estate tax matters at all stages of the assessment process. His clients range from family businesses to national companies and not-for-profit organizations. The types of properties that Mr. Victor has represented before the various assessment agencies include office buildings, apartment buildings, factories, warehouses, hotels, airport hangars, health care facilities, and shopping centers.


Mr. Victor received his law degree from John Marshall Law School (J.D., 1992) and his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (1989).


Mr. Victor is admitted to the bar in Illinois.

Representative Matters

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Represented the University of Illinois at Chicago in its relationship with the private party developer of University Village and in connection with its retail leasing. University Village is a new neighborhood consisting of 900 new residential units and blocks of new retail properties. In 2007, the project received the Phoenix Award for Community Impact. Foley also has counseled the University for its tax increment financing issues and in connection with the development agreements and restrictive covenants in play between the University and the adjacent private housing. The representation includes all aspects of environmental remediation, including the allocation of costs between the parties and negotiations with the state regarding remediation standards and schedules. Foley continues to represent the University for these development matters as well as landlord tenant litigation, lease tax matters and general real estate counseling.
Represented a mortgage market participant in connection with the pursuit of default remedies and commercial restructuring matters in connection with a commercial loan portfolio involving over 50 loans in five states.
Represented the largest special servicer in the United States regarding a workout of a multi-state commercial portfolio of 14 commercial properties. This matter was concluded with a successful restructuring involving a 100 percent payout to the lender.