Dana White
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EMAIL dwhite@mcdonaldhopkins.com

PHONE 248.593.2946

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Dana R. White is a Member in McDonald Hopkins' Real Estate Practice Group where her practice includes a broad spectrum of commercial real estate disciplines with a particular focus on industrial, office, multifamily, luxury residential and retail development, and construction. She represents investors, landlords, tenants, and owner/operators in financing, entity formation, joint ventures, real estate acquisitions and dispositions, office and retail leasing, land use and zoning, and municipal law matters. Additionally, Dana advises clients in connection with federal, state and local tax incentive programs, including historic tax credit transactions and §1031 like-kind exchanges.

Dana received her B.A. in English from Indiana University in 2004. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2010. Prior to law school, she worked for several years at a Philadelphia-based civil engineering firm specializing in transportation, where her work focused on complex proposal coordination and submission for privately funded projects as well as those funded at the local, state and federal levels.

Representative Cases/Matters

  • Represented developer in adaptive re-use of the 16-story Insurance Center Building into 132 apartments, 3 floors of office, and ground floor retail, including the negotiation of a joint venture agreement, construction financing and historical tax credit incentives.
  • Represented developer in development of a seventy-nine unit, luxury condominium project in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, including acquisition, zoning, construction, condominiumization, and disposition of units.
  • Represented owner/operator in the relocation of its manufacturing company through the acquisition of a 101,463 square foot industrial facility and divestiture of two existing facilities through a reverse §1031 like-kind exchange.
  • Represented Illinois’ largest wine and spirits distributor in the acquisition and redevelopment of a 36-acre site into a 605,000 square foot office, warehouse, and distribution facility, including negotiating pre-acquisition site construction and utilizing local and state tax incentives to help fund this $85 million project.

Admissions - Court

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Admissions - State

  • Illinois
  • Michigan


  • Loyola University of Chicago Law School
  • Indiana University

Honors and Awards

  • Women in Commercial Real Estate, Illinois Real Estate Journal, 2013-2018

Professional Membership

  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association

Public Service and Volunteerism

  • Leadership Oakland, Member of Class XXX of the Cornerstone Program