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Daniel Arends | Colliers | Chicago - Downtown

Daniel Arends

Principal and Executive Vice President

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Professional Summary

I am a principal at Colliers, chairman of our National Law Firm Services group, and chair of our National Tenant Advisory Council.  I have exclusively specialized in tenant representation for my entire 30+ year career.  My strengths are my deep relationships within Colliers and the Chicago market and my highly strategic approach and unrelenting negotiation style.

In my career, I have completed more than 1,500 assignments totaling more than 12 million square feet of office space for many of Chicago’s leading companies.


  • Colliers' Everest Club (Top 10% of producers) each of the last 20 years
  • Most Prepared Broker, Prime Real Estate Investment Trust (2012)
  • Finalist, Office Broker of the Year (13 of the last 15 years)
  • Top Leasing Broker in the U.S., The Real Estate Forum
  • Winner, Transaction of the Year (2005)
  • Finalist, Transaction of the Year (1999)


  • JD, MBA, DePaul University
  • BS, University of Wisconsin
    • All Big Ten Tennis Player, 1983-1985

Memberships & Involvements

  • Chairman, Colliers National Law Firm Practice
  • Chairman, Colliers Tenant Advisory Council
  • Past President and  Steering Committee Member for over 10 years, COLBA
  • Member, United States Professional Tennis Association
  • Past President, River Forest Tennis Club


  • Activ Financial
  • Argo Group
  • Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission
  • Badger Sports
  • Booz & Company
  • CBIC
  • Childrens Home & Aid
  • Center for Companies That Care
  • Centene Corporation
  • DePaul University
  • Elkay Manufacturing Company
  • Fellowes
  • Fort Dearborn Company
  • Frontenac
  • Humana
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Lockton 
  • Lohan Anderson
  • OneSpan
  • The Rockwood Group
  • The Onion
  • RSM
  • Roosevelt University
  • SAP Fieldglass
  • Sara Lee
  • Securitas
  • ScotiaBank
  • The Youth Campus
  • TravelClick
  • Tribeca Flashpoint 


Service Lines

Tenant Representation

Property Type



Law Firm Services Group, Tenant Advisory Council

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