Edward C. Dawda is a founding Member of Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC. He concentrates his legal practice in a broad spectrum of corporate, finance and real estate matters.

Mr. Dawda is a corporate attorney with an emphasis on transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, the purchase and sale of businesses on stock and asset-based structures, and corporate reorganizations. He has negotiated, drafted and implemented a broad range of agreements to accomplish ownership transition such as buy-sell agreements, as well as executive employment and compensation agreements and plans, voting agreements and credit agreements. He regularly represents and counsels family owned businesses. He is counsel to several of Michigan’s most prominent companies and executives, and Michigan counsel to public and private companies located throughout the United States.

Mr. Dawda has been an active advisor to clients in major retail, commercial and industrial development projects. He is Midwest counsel to several of the country’s largest retailers and developers, and is an expert on all facets of shopping center and real estate development. He also handles sophisticated financial transactions, where he serves as counsel to borrowers in securing multimillion-dollar construction, permanent, term and revolving loans and credit facilities. Mr. Dawda has a successful record in providing value-added legal counsel in a wide range of corporate and real estate transactions.

Mr. Dawda earned his J.D., cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law. He received his B.A., with high honors, from Michigan State University.

Edward C. Dawda


Michigan State University Detroit College of Law, Michigan, J.D. Honors: Cum Laude

Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan, B.A. Honors: With High Honors


Catholic Lawyers Society

Illinois State Bar Association

International Council of Shopping Centers

Michigan State Bar Foundation

Oakland County Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

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Honors and Awards

Chambers USA: Michigan Real Estate, Band 1 – 2005-2022

Dbusiness 2023 Top Lawyer in Commercial, Corporate and Real Estate Law

Named “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America© – Detroit area, Corporate Law: 2020

Named “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America© – Detroit area, Real Estate Law: 2011, 2016, 2018

Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© – Real Estate Law: 2006-2023, Corporate Law: 2013-2023

Top Lawyer: Commercial Law – DBusiness, 2018

Top Lawyer: Corporate Law – DBusiness, 2009, 2010, 2016-2022

Top Lawyer: Real Estate Law – DBusiness, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016-2018, 2020

Selected to Michigan Super Lawyers list – 2006-2022

Named to Michigan Super Lawyers Top 10 list – 2014

Named to Michigan Business Super Lawyers Top 50 list – 2013-2015, 2018

Named to Michigan Super Lawyers Top 100 list – 2006-2016, 2018-2022

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated – LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell®

Listed in Leading Lawyers: Closely & Privately Held Business Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Publicly Held Corporations Law, Real Estate Law: Commercial & Finance – Since 2014

Voted into Midwest Real Estate News Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame – 2012

Member, Real Estate Answer Forum since 2013

Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation

Fellow, Oakland County Bar Foundation