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David Staub is an experienced business attorney practicing primarily in the areas of corporate law, corporate finance, technology law, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, tax law and commercial finance. His primary role is serving as a trusted advisor to entrepreneurial and family-owned businesses of all sizes.

David counsels his clients on a wide variety of legal issues including private equity, venture capital, joint ventures, strategic business relationships and other financing methods. He represents clients on a variety of business agreements including software development contracts, licensing agreements and other technology matters; sales agency and other distribution issues; and employment issues and executive compensation arrangements.

David's clients range from start-ups seeking guidance on formation of their business entity, to established companies looking for new sources of capital to fuel their growth, to mature family-owned companies planning for business succession.

In his M&A practice, David provides advice on buying a business for those starting out or expanding their existing operations and counsels others on selling their business, pursuing other exit strategies or involved in ownership disputes among shareholders or partners.

David Staub has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer by the publishers of Law and Politics magazine. He is AV® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer recognition of attorneys for ethical standards and legal ability. He is a frequent speaker on legal topics, appearing at meetings of the American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and various other organizations. His topics have included such varied subjects as limited liability company formation and operation, letters of intent in business acquisitions and current trends in piercing the corporate veil.

David lives in Evanston, Illinois where he is active in various community activities. He is also a director and chairman of the Keystone Foundation, supporting Glenkirk and Search Inc. in their activities on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities.


  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1977
  • University of Illinois
    • B.S. in Accountancy - 1974

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1977
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1977

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association, Former Chairman of the Business Law Committee and Former Chairman of the Mergers and Acquisitions Subcommittee; Former Executive Committee Member, Federal Tax Committee and Chairman of Subcommittee on General Tax Issues; Member of Technology Law Committee
  • Keystone Foundation, Chairman
  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) - Chicago Chapter
  • Midwest Association of Alpha Delta Phi, President
  • Harvard Law School, Class Secretary
  • Central Street Neighbors Association, Founding Member, Director and Past President
  • Midwest Entrepreneurs' Forum


  • Bronze Tablet Award, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1974 – Present
  • Outstanding Senior Award, College of Commerce and Business Administration, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1974 – Present
  • Ames Moot Court Competition winning team, Harvard Law School, 1976 – Present
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, Law and Politics magazine
  • AV® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition of attorneys for ethical standards and legal ability