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David L. Shaw


Expertise: Real Estate Law

1528 Shermer Road

Northbrook, Illinois 60062


Fax. 312.276.8055

David is a seasoned real estate attorney whose practice centers on commercial and residential development. He provides clients with practical, efficient and business-oriented guidance in acquisitions, financing, leasing, planned developments, land use and zoning and workouts.

He has represented institutional and individual clients in projects ranging in scope from 2,000-acre mixed-use developments to small in-fill residential projects and single-user commercial facilities.

Representative Matters

  • Land use entitlements, general documentation and financing for major residential, commercial, and mixed-use developments

  • Negotiation of shopping center leases for landlords and tenants

  • Securing entitlements and resolving land use issues for a national pharmacy chain

  • Real estate counsel to Debtors-in-Possession and Bankruptcy Trustees

  • Land use approvals for senior care facilities

  • Land use approvals for recreational cannabis dispensaries 

David was a founding member of Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC, which merged with Fox Rothschild in 2018. He previously held positions as Vice President and General Counsel to a national real estate developer.

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating

  • Named a "Leading Lawyer in Illinois" by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company

  • Co-authored an edition of the Handbook on Illinois Zoning and Land Use for the National Business Institute, a continuing legal education organization for professionals.

Practice Area

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • University of Michigan Law School (J.D., with honors, 1966)

  • University of Michigan (B.A., with honors, 1963)


  • Chicago Bar Association

  • Illinois State Bar Association

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