David T. Brown

David T. Brown



David is an accomplished attorney who counsels public companies and closely held businesses on complex matters, including strategic planning, talent development, acquisitions and dispositions, private placements of debt and equity, and tax and entity structures. He also serves as chairman of Much Shelist and is actively involved in strategic planning and leadership development for the firm. Prior to his appointment to chairman of Much Shelist, David served as chair of the firm’s management committee for 13 years.

David represents institutional lenders in virtually all aspects of commercial real estate and corporate loan and workout transactions. He also represents a number of commercial real estate firms, assisting them with the acquisition, development and financing of real estate projects and advising them on routinely encountered legal and business issues.

David is a regular speaker and writer on a broad range of topics (including business planning and succession, and the business aspects of the legal profession) and has received a number of awards from the legal, business and philanthropic communities.



Loyola University Chicago School of Law
J.D., 1986
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S., 1982

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Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • YPO Gold Chicago
  • Economic Club of Chicago


David is an active board member of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF) and past chairman of its board of directors. David has also held multiple positions within JUF—chair of the Overall Planning and Allocations Committee (OPAC), End of the Year chair for the 2004 and 2008 campaigns, chair of the Government Affairs Committee, where he presented JUF’s position on important policy issues to government officials in Washington, D.C. and Springfield, IL, and president of the Young Leadership Division. David was a recipient of JUF’s Young Leadership Award in 1993, and in 2016, he received the Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award, the organization's highest honor.

David is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and serves on its Executive Committee. He also served as chair of JFNA's Human Services and Public Policy Council where he worked closely with professional leadership in JFNA's Washington, D.C. office and lay leadership throughout the United States on health and long-term care issues, care of the aged, disability and tax policies. David currently chairs the Global Operations: Israel and Overseas Council for JFNA where he works with and engages the Federation system on critical overseas issues, particularly in Israel. David is active in AIPAC and is a regular visitor to Israel. In 2017, he received the Man of the Year Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service from Jewish fraternity Zeta Beta Tau. He is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

David has run the Chicago Marathon 11 times on behalf of the American Liver Foundation, the American Cancer Society and, most recently, the JUF.

The David T. Brown Community Service Award was established in 2012 in recognition of David’s ongoing commitment to philanthropy. The annual award honors a Much Shelist staff member and attorney for their ongoing dedication to the community. Much Shelist donates $2,500 to each recipient’s charitable organization of choice.

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  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2003-2016
  • Leading Lawyers Network, Closely & Privately Held Business Law and Real Estate Law: Commercial, 2003-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, AV Preeminent®
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