David has established a nationwide real estate practice focused on transactions, financings, joint ventures, workouts and land development. He has been involved in notable mixed use, retail, hotel, multi-family residential, office and industrial projects throughout metropolitan Chicago and across the country.

Far-Reaching Real Estate Experience

David assists major developers, financial institutions, entrepreneurs, public entities and nonprofit entities in the buying, selling, financing and development of properties. He also represents landlords and tenants in a variety of office, retail and industrial leases.

David often works across practice groups. He collaborates with the firm’s Environmental Group on urban redevelopment projects facing environmental issues due to the prior use of the property. On building projects, he will work with the Construction Group on contracting and resolution of disputes. When disagreements do occur, he manages and monitors litigation while working with the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.

Strong Client Relationships

David understands the importance of strong relationships in the real estate business. He has worked with many of his clients for decades, and brings the same level of dedication to new clients. His deep knowledge of real estate law, understanding of the real estate business and sharp acumen make him trusted counselor who is counted on for sound, strategic advice.

David’s passion for his work is based on a strong belief in the value of development, and as a native of the Chicago area, he is especially proud of the contributions he has made to the positive evolution of the city.

  • Experience

    Recent examples of David’s experience include representation of:

    • An urban hotel developer in connection with the financing of the conversion of an office building to a hotel in downtown Chicago. The property was revamped from a Class C office building into a vibrant hotel, while preserving the historic landmark shell of the building.
    • An outlet mall development company in the development of outlet malls across the country, including recent locations in Louisville, Ky., Atlanta, Ga., Oklahoma City, Okla., and El Paso, Texas.
    • A leading food distributor in the combination of interim leasing and future acquisition of a warehouse facility in the Northeast.
    • A university in the acquisition and disposition of properties in areas surroundings the campus. The redevelopment of these properties is transforming the university’s surrounding neighborhood into a healthy and vibrant space.
    • A California-based opportunity fund in connection with the acquisition and financing of portfolios of single-family homes and the purchase and operation of apartment buildings.

    Other notable examples of David’s achievements throughout his legal career include:

    • The representation of leading developers in connection with the development, debt financing and equity financing of major condominium and mixed-use projects in Chicago, Evanston, Charlotte, Miami, Denver and Atlanta.
    • A land developer in connection with the development of a master planned community in suburban Chicago.
    • An office park developer in the annexation and rezoning of a 200-acre farm property to permit the construction of a suburban office, retail and hotel complex.
    • A shared assets fund in the acquisition of a 500,000 square-foot distribution facility.
    • A consumer products company in connection with the build-to-suit development of a 350,000 square-foot, 14-story headquarters in suburban Atlanta.
  • Credentials


    • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1975
      The University of Chicago Law Review, Comment Editor
    • University of California - Berkeley, A.B., 1972

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


        • Honorable Lewis R. Morgan, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
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        Speeches & Presentations

        • “The Real Estate Joint Venture,” Urban Land Institute Workshop, Chicago, Ill. (Sep. 24, 2012)
        • “Chicago Distressed Real Estate Summit” (panelist on distressed condominium projects) Green Pearl Events, Chicago, Ill. (May 13, 2010)
        • “Restructuring Troubled Condominium Projects: Workout Issues,” (faculty member) Law Seminars International, Chicago, Ill. (Apr. 25, 2008)
      • Citizenship

        Pro Bono Activities

        David represents a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable, mixed-use neighborhood development, and he has taken leadership roles in a variety of community organizations.