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.

Edward 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.

Edward 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. Edward has a successful record in providing value-added legal counsel in a wide range of corporate and real estate transactions.

Edward C. Dawda

  • Michigan State University Detroit College of Law, East Lansing, J.D. Honors: Cum Laude
  • Michigan State University East Lansing, B.A. Honors: With High Honors
  • Member, Honors College
  • Catholic Lawyers Society
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
Bar Admissions
  • Michigan
  • Illinois
Honors and Awards
  • 2024 Business Top Lawyer in Corporate Law
  • 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