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David is an experienced construction attorney who finds practical and cost-effective solutions for his clients, whether a matter involves contracting for a multimillion-dollar development or litigating a claim against a property.

Representing developers, designers, contractors and subcontractors, privately held and family-owned companies, David guides clients throughout the design, contracting, and construction processes. He not only provides strategic advice on ways to minimize cost and risk before contracts are signed, but also finds real-world solutions to complex contracting issues as they arise. David drafts and negotiates sophisticated design, design-build, and construction agreements throughout the United States for projects involving manufacturing facilities, restaurants, multifamily developments, apartment and office towers, medical facilities, warehouses, erosion control, and more.

When disputes arise, clients turn to David to resolve their construction, mechanics lien, surety, and contract conflicts before litigation becomes necessary. When clients find themselves in litigation, David calls on his extensive experience prosecuting and defending construction and contract actions throughout the United States to defend or prosecute their claims, successfully litigating matters in state and federal courts as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings. David’s clients range from billion-dollar construction companies to local restaurateurs, and his representative case history includes historic building preservation claims, public roadway disputes, mechanics liens, surety claims, and construction contract conflicts on private and public builds.

Critically, David understands firsthand what the courts expect from his clients. Prior to joining Much, David spent two years as a professional law clerk for the Honorable Robert Quinn (Ret.) of the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, where he concentrated on mechanics liens, commercial mortgage foreclosure, construction law, and commercial disputes.

Much More Than My Work

A former Senate staffer to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (NY), I learned how to bridge gaps and find practical solutions from one of the country’s great statemen. I also learned the importance of giving back. A former founding board member of Chicago HOPES for Kids, I provided the initial legal work to establish Chicago HOPES for Kids as the only in-shelter, 501(c)(3), volunteer tutoring program for homeless students in Chicago Public Schools. I am also a longtime youth hockey and baseball coach with over 25 years of coaching experience in nearly every age group.

In 2006, I founded the popular University of Michigan sport and humor blog Maize n Brew, where I served as chief contributor and editor until 2012. I have contributed to several college football publications and was praised by the New York Times Quad Blog in 2006: “Every Michigan fan – and any college football fan – should check out … Maize n Brew.”

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