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Dean Formanek

Dean Formanek offers experience in a vast array of real estate law-related issues. In his law practice and numerous speaking engagements, Dean demonstrates in-depth knowledge of topics that include business and real estate, including leasing, title insurance, mixed use developments, options, financing, lien enforcement and purchasing assets from bankruptcy estates.

Dean is listed in The Best Lawyers in America,® is a Super Lawyers honoree, and is a member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, an elite group with elected membership numbering approximately 400 lawyers nationwide and only five in Arizona.

He is a frequent guest lecturer on business entity selection and considerations for MBA classes at Arizona State University and speaks to numerous legal and business audiences on real estate finance, sales and leasing.

Dean serves Warner Angle as the firm’s chairman and treasurer.

Real Estate Law Experience

  • Real Estate and Business Transactions
  • Office Buildings
  • Industrial Buildings
  • Manufactured Housing Communities
  • Mobile Home Parks
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Condominiums
  • Warehouses
  • Medical Buildings
  • Storage Facilities
  • Mixed Use Projects
  • Restaurants
  • Project Development
  • Subdivisions of Land
  • Survey Reviews
  • Title Reviews
  • Easements
  • Condominiums and Condominium Conversions
  • Gas Stations
  • Entity Formations
  • Raw Land Acquisitions
  • Construction
  • Engineering and Architect Documents
  • CC&Rs
  • Financing
  • Easements
  • Planning
  • Association Documents
  • Corporate
  • Limited Liability Company Formations
  • Stock Purchases
  • Asset Purchases
  • Stock Agreements
  • Operating Agreements


  • Areas of Practice

    Real Estate Law

    Real Estate Purchases and Sales

    Commercial Landlord-Tenant

    Real Estate Development

    Commercial Real Estate Finance

    Foreclosure, Loan Workouts and Restructuring

    Corporate and Business Law

    Homeowner and Community Associations

  • Honors and Awards

    AV-Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®

    Super Lawyers, 2009-2018

    The Best Lawyers in America® (Real Estate Law), 2007-present

    “Top Lawyers,” Phoenix Magazine, 2006

    “Best of the Bar,” Phoenix Business Journal, 2005

  • Professional Associations

    State Bar of Arizona

    American College of Mortgage Attorneys: Member, Board of Regents; Membership Committee Member; Arizona Chair

  • Court Admissions

    Arizona, 1983

    U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1983

    U.S. Supreme Court, 1983

  • Education

    J.D., with Distinction, University of Iowa, 1983

    B.B.A., with Distinction, University of Iowa, 1980