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Dave Lewin is the founder of Lewin Law Group, a Chicago-based law firm with a national practice representing contractors, developers, and insurers.

The majority of his work involves defense of construction liability litigation, related insurance coverage issues, and transactional work for owners, contractors, subs, and condo associations. Locally, he has represented well known general contractors as well as specialty sub-contractors. Nationally, he has assisted self-insureds respond to tenders of defense.

He currently is Chair the Illinois Assocation of Defense Trial Counsel's Insurance Coverage Section.

He have spoken on insurance coverage topics at several seminars. A partial listing is found at

He has also written numerous articles on risk shifting, the most recent is a discussion of the "targeted tender" rule in Illinois.

The current issue of the IDC Quarterly features a lengthy Monograph by Dave Lewin discussing how insurers can effectively preserve coverage defenses.

In addition, he is active with a number of Chicago neighborhood organizations, routinely meets with local elected officials to discuss matters of concern, and has provided testimony before the Chicago Planning Commission.


Practice Areas


  1. Construction & Development: 40%
    23 years
  2. Insurance: 40%
    23 years
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    23 years

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Contact Info

Lewin Law Group

39 S. LaSalle Street
Suite 820
Chicago, IL, 60603


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199208/17/2015

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
President's CommendationIllinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel2008
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Illinois Association of Defense Trial CounselChair, Insurance Coverage Committee2008 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Nautilus v. HappsSummary judgment
Schmidt v. Elder-JonesFavorable Settlement/Risk Shifting
American Precision v. GiermanSummary Judgment/Affirmed on appeal
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Publication NameTitleDate
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel QuarterlyThe Illinois Appellate Court Rolls Back the Targeted Tender Rule2010
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel QuarterlyProper Claims Handling to Preserve Defense2010
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel QuarterlyOCIPs and Workers’ Compensation: Don’t Pay Twice for Coverage2008
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel QuarterlyThe IDC Monograph: Managing The Risk: A Report on the September 20, 2007 IDC/SOICA Construction Insurance Symposium2007
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel QuarterlyThe IDC Monograph: Insurance Coverage for Defense Counsel: A Primer2004
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Insurance Coverage Committee MeetingHow Many Corners? Illinois Supreme Court Rules that Third Party Pleadings May be Used in Evaluating Coverage2010
19th Annual Construction Claims ConferenceRisk Management for Sub-Contractors2009
Safety 2008Risk Shifting for Sub-Contractors and Use of ISO Additional Insured Endorsements in Risk Shifting [Addendum]2008
Leopardo Companies Indemnification RoundtableRisk Shiftig2008
Chicago Park District RoundtableContractual Risk Shifting2008
ASSE Three River Chapter MeetingRisk Shifting for Sub-Contractors2008
Secura Claims SeminarManaging the Risk: Insurance Coverage Implications of Contractual Loss Shifting in Construction Contracts2007
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Insurance SymposiumThe Use and Abuse of Public Policy in Insurance Coverage Litigation: Kajima, River North, Targeted Tenders and Excess Policies2007
IDC Fall SeminarTargeted Tenders and Excess Policies: An Examination of Public Policy Applied to Insurance Coverage2005
IDC Fall SeminarTrucking Coverage Under the MCS-90 Endorsement2002