David S. Wayne


David S. Wayne


161 North Clark
Suite 4200
Chicago, IL 60601

P: 312.876.7865

F: 312.876.6265





David S. Wayne is a partner in Arnstein & Lehr’s Litigation Group. Mr. Wayne’s practice focuses on complex real estate and commercial litigation, employment matters and insurance coverage disputes. His practice includes all aspects of litigation including trial work, arbitration/mediation, appeals, motion practice, and responding to charges before state and federal agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Illinois Department of Insurance.

Mr. Wayne has successfully litigated cases to judgment in Illinois state and federal courts, as well as to award before the American Arbitration Association.

Significant litigation victories for his clients have included:

  • Obtaining an award at arbitration in favor of a client for the recovery of significant wrongful charges levied upon it in connection with a revenue and cost sharing agreement;
  • Obtaining summary judgment for a client who was sued for allegedly breaching a contract to engage in a joint business venture relating to the creation of trading funds;
  • Obtaining a dismissal with prejudice on behalf of a property management company sued for allegedly acting as a state actor and violating the plaintiff’s civil rights;
  • Obtaining a judgment in favor of a client who was sued by his business partner to restrain the sale of a large, multi-unit apartment building;
  • Successfully defending (at the trial and appellate courts) a real estate developer in a fraud action in connection with the sale of real estate;
  • Obtaining a finding of no liability on behalf of a national retailer in an action involving a natural gas explosion.

Among his non-litigation matters were:

  • Drafting and negotiating numerous employment contracts and severance agreements for a wide range of industries and professions;
  • Assisting businesses in resolving disputes among partners and shareholders; and
  • Serving as a trusted advisor and counselor to successful entrepreneurs and business owners.


Illinois Licensed Real Estate Broker

Member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC), Real Estate Investment Association (REIA), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC)

Member of the Chicago Bar Association

PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Chicago, member of the professional board

Loyola Law Review, editor-at-large

Loyola Employment Law Society

Publications and Lectures

“Use of the Internet in Trade Secret Cases,” published in Arnstein & Lehr’s employment law blog, General-Counselor.com (2009)

HBAGC Convention, “Legal Pointers for Protecting Your Assets” (speaker in 2007) 

Land Development Breakthroughs Best Practices Conference, “What to Do When the Government Comes Calling” (speaker in 2006)


Loyola University Chicago (J.D., 1996)
Northwestern University (B.A., 1993)

Bar Admissions

State of Illinois
U.S. District Court
Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals