Professional Biography

Daniel G.M. Marre Partner

Firmwide Co-Chair, Hotels & Leisure Practice

  • Chicago

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    131 South Dearborn Street, Suite 1700

    Chicago, IL




Daniel Marre's practice focuses on real estate transactions and development, with an emphasis on the hotel industry.  He has significant experience with transactions affecting commercial property, including acquisitions, dispositions, construction, development, financing and leasing.

Within the hotel industry, Daniel has been involved in a number of high-profile hotel transactions, including the acquisition and financing of the Essex House Hotel on Central Park South in New York City, the acquisition of a joint-venture interest in The Hotel del Coronado and refinancing of the hotel, and the acquisition and financing of The Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach, an art deco icon.  His hotel clients range from small boutiques to some of the world’s largest hotels and management companies.  Daniel guides them through the complexities of hotel projects and the distinct legal challenges of owning and operating a hotel.

Known for his representation of clients in complex development projects and high-value real estate transactions, Daniel recently represented DRW Holdings Group in the development of a mixed-use residential and hotel complex, as well as the sale of the hotel to an affiliate of Loews Hotels & Resorts.  His recent work on the 42-story Optima Chicago Center contributed to establishing a new standard of residential leasing in the heart of downtown Chicago.

With client relationships spanning more than a decade, including long-term counsel to such companies as Integrated Capital, Geller Investment Co., and Spertus Institute, Daniel uses his understanding of clients’ competitive and market pressures to serve in a valued advisory role when needed.  

In addition to being an avid musician, Daniel is active within the Chicago arts community and is a longtime regular at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music.  Daniel is also a member of the board for Lawyers for the Creative Arts (LCA), an organization that provides free legal service to financially eligible clients in the arts.



Professional Recognition

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Fellow, 2017
  • Ranked nationally in Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in Leisure & Hospitality
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 - 2018: Real Estate Law
  • Listed as an Illinois Super Lawyer as published by Law & Politics, 2013 - present

*The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no certificate, award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.

Professional Leadership

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Chicago Council on Foreign Relations

Related Employment

  • Altheimer & Gray, Chicago, Partner, 1999 - 2003





Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Illinois


  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 1992,
    Managing Editor, Law Review
  • The University of Chicago, A.B.,
    Phi Beta Kappa
    , 1989