• OVERVIEW

    David litigates complex disputes over trusts, estates and the governance of family-owned and other closely-held businesses.  David is a leader in national bar activities, serving as Co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Probate and Fiduciary Litigation Committee in its trust and estate law section, past chair of the section’s Ethics and Malpractice Committee, and as liaison to the Association’s Professional Responsibility Committee.  David writes and speaks regularly on fiduciary litigation, legal ethics, and litigating and resolving closely-held business disputes.  In his practice, David is a trusted firm partner, serving as our internal ethics and risk management counsel, and is committed to achieving client objectives through diligent execution of efficient and effective strategies rooted in thoroughgoing legal analysis and effective written and oral advocacy, witness examination and courtroom presentation.  David was selected as a “Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney” by “Super Lawyers” for 2017 and 2018.

    EDUCATION

    • J.D., University of Chicago, 1991
      – Member, University of Chicago Law Review, 1989-91
      – S.K. Yee Scholarship
      – Bradley Fellowship in Criminal  Justice
    • Sc. B., Brown University (Honors)
      – magna cum laude, 1984
      – Sigma Xi Honor Society for Science and Engineering

    ADMISSIONS

    • Illinois, 1992

    CLERKSHIP

    • Law Clerk, the Honorable Albert J. Engel, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1991-92
  • PRESENTATIONS/PUBLICATIONS

    “Fasten Your Seatbelts: The Testy Track of Advising Trustees in Litigation,” at the 2018 Spring Symposium of the American Bar Association Section on Real Property Trusts & Estates Law, Orlando, FL, May 2018

    Hosted a roundtable discussion on charities in estate litigation at the March bi-monthly meeting of the Chicago Council on Planned Giving, “Planned Gifts Gone Awry: When Estate Litigation Challenges Your Donor’s Bequest”

    “Managing Conflict: Attorneys Drafting Documents for Nonprofits and Donors,” Planned Giving Today, Aug. 2017

    “Model Rules of Professional Responsibility – Adopted Model Rules – Where Do We Go from Here?,” American Bar Association – Section on Real Property Trusts & Estates Law, Spring Symposium, Denver, CO, April 2017

    “One if by Land, Two if by Sea: Ethical Warnings for Attorneys Working with Charitable Gifts,” American Bar Association – Section on Real Property Trusts & Estates Law, Spring Symposium, Boston, MA, May 2016

    Ethics and Technology in Trusts and Estates Practice, 37th Annual Duke University Estate Planning Conference, Durham, NC, October 2015

    “Go Where No Ethics Have Gone Before: Staying on the Right Course in an Expanding Universe of Technology,” American Bar Association – Section on Real Property Trusts & Estates Law, Spring Symposium, Washington, D.C., May 2015

    “Planning, Perils and Prevention:  Managing Risk in Your Trusts and Estates Practice,” American Bar Association – Section on Real Property Trusts & Estates Law webinar, March 2015

    Guest on WTTW Television’s Chicago Tonight program concerning contested trusts and estates and Ernie Banks will contest case, February, 2015. Click here to see the video…

    “Resolving Shareholders Disputes,” West LegalEdcenter, Complex Financial Litigation Webinar Series, July 2014

    “Silver Tongued Lawyers Fighting about Dirt: Trust and Estate Litigation Meets Real Property,” American Bar Association – Section of Real Property Trust and Estate Law Spring Symposia, May 2014

    “Lost Profit Cases,” West LegalEdcenter, Complex Financial Litigation Webinar Series, April 2014

    “Earn-Out Disputes,” West LegalEdcenter, Complex Financial Litigation Webinar Series, March 2014

    “Fighting over Value in a Business Divorce,” West LegalEdcenter, Complex Financial Litigation Webinar Series, February 2014

    “Understanding and Managing Risk in Trusts and Estates Practice Today” AON Law Firm Symposium, October 2013

    “Resolving Shareholder Disputes,” Financial Poise, Complex Financial Litigation Series, August 2013

    “Best Practices to Resolve Family-Business Conflict,” Annual Conference of the International Association of Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises, April 2012

    “Expert Witnesses in Trust and Estate Litigation,” University of Miami’s 46th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, January 2012

    “Shareholder Oppression and Enhanced Fiduciary Duties,” American Bar Association, Business Torts Litigation Journal, Winter 2012

    “Next Generation Disputes in the Family Business:  Navigating the Remedial, Ethical and Tax Quagmires – A Case Study,” American Bar Association’s Joint Fall CLE Meeting of the Sections on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law and Taxation, October 2011

    “I (Might) Get By With a Little Help From My Expert: Expert Witnesses in Trust and Estate Litigation,” American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law 22nd Annual Spring Symposia, April 2011

    Estate Planning Seminar, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Guest Lecturer on Fiduciary Litigation, 2009-2011

  • PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

    Named a “Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney” by “Super Lawyers” for 2017 and 2018.

    Co-Chair, American Bar Association Probate & Fiduciary Litigation Committee (Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, 2017-18); Liaison to ABA Professional Responsibility Committee (2015-present); Co-Chair, ABA Ethics and Malpractice Committee (Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, 2015-17); ABA Futures Practice and Guidance Task Force (2016-present); Section Representative to ABA Task Force on proposed standards of conduct for experts retained by lawyers (2011-2012).

    Chicago Council on Planned Giving – Annual Symposium Committee

  • REPRESENTATIVE CASES