David M. Pilotto

David M. Pilotto

Chicago, IL


Chair of the firm's Business & Finance group, Dave concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, finance transactions and general outside corporate counsel. Dave represents a diverse group of clients, from banks and public companies to privately held businesses, entrepreneurs and startups. He has a broad range of experience in M&A, joint ventures, and other business combinations and financial transactions. Dave also regularly advises clients on corporate governance and organizational issues and acts as outside general counsel for companies in various industries.

Dave was a CPA before becoming a lawyer and earned Loyola University Chicago’s Certificate in Taxation while in law school. He is a Much Shelist delegate to the Ally Law global network of law firms.

Dave is the author of "Navigating the Distressed M&A Market: A Primer for Middle-Market Businesses" and a co-author of "Enforcing Security Interests and Liens on Personal Property," a chapter in the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education's Creditors' Rights in Illinois (2004 edition). He also participated in a panel discussion titled “Entrepreneurialism in Colorado's Life Science Industry - Part II: Positioning Your Business for Success” during the 2016 Colorado BioScience Association BioBreakfast in Boulder.



Loyola University Chicago School of Law
J.D., 2000, cum laude, Certificate in Taxation
Western Illinois University
B.B., 1992, Accounting

Bar Admissions


Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association, Mergers and Acquisitions, International Business Law, Middle Market and Small Business Committees
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • Ally Law, Much Shelist Delegate


Dave serves on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Chicago.

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  • Leading Lawyers Network, Closely & Privately Held Business Law and Secured Transactions Law, 2017-2022
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