David Wayne represents companies and sophisticated individuals in complex business disputes, particularly those involving real estate, commercial disputes and employment-related matters. He has successfully litigated cases to judgment in Illinois state and federal courts, as well as to award before the American Arbitration Association, and he frequently appears before state and federal agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Labor.
David has also developed a practice advising and assisting real estate brokerage companies in connection with their legal needs including assisting with enforcement of lien and contractual rights; responding to IDFPR audits, and counseling regarding licensing rights and duties.
David's breadth of experience has also enabled him to hone his skills as a trusted advisor and outside general counsel to successful entrepreneurs and business owners. In addition to assisting with dispute resolution (both pre-litigation and once in court), David also provides his clients with an array of services. These include drafting and negotiating employment and independent contractor agreements, preparing vendor agreements, and reviewing and counseling relating to leases, brokerage agreements and other real estate related contracts. Beyond these services, David also draws on his experience to help business owners triage the issues they face and, when necessary, direct them to outside sources of assistance.
Before joining Gould & Ratner, David was a partner at a large national firm’s Chicago office.