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David M. Lewin is the founder of Lewin Law Group, a Chicago based firm with a national practice representing condominium associations, contractors, businesses, and their insurers. In addition to his work for Lewin Law Group, he is Of Counsel to Querrey & Harrow, Ltd., a 75 year old firm that allows him to assist his clients in a variety of other practice areas.


The primary focus of his practice is condominium law, where he works with associations ranging from six units to sixty floors on matters ranging from governing document review and amendment, contract negotiation, risk management, and assessment collection.


He handles complex commercial litigation for clients ranging from national satellite television providers to locally owned restaurants.  His long record of trial success allows him to provide sound litigation advice as to both the merits of the case and the costs involved in bringing home a verdict.


Finally, he  handles appeals, with success in the U.S. District Court (7th Circuit), and the Illinois Appellate Court in the 1st and 3rd Districts.


When not practicing law, he is very active in neighborhood issues. He is Vice President of the Streeterville Organization of Area Residents and also works for the Alderman Brendan Reilly's (42nd Ward) organization.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    19 years
  2. Residential Real Estate: 40%
    19 years
  3. Appeals: 10%
    23 years

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Contact info

Lewin Law Group

175 W. Jackson
Suite 1600
Chicago, IL, 60604


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199205/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
President's CommendationIllinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Streeterville Organization of Active ResidentsVice President2015 - Present
Illinois Association of Defense Trial CounselLegislative Committee2010 - 2012
Illinois Association of Defense Trial CounselChair, Insurance Coverage Committee2008 - 2010
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
Northern Illinois Real Estate Magazine"Want to Contract with a Condo Association? Review the Governing Documents First"2016
Condo LifestylesDon't Let Your Association Slip on Snow and Ice2012
Condo LifestylesRisk Management and the Condo Renovation Contract2012
Illinois Association of Defense Trial CounselFirst District Examines Insurance Producer's Apparent Agency2012
IDC Tort Law Update, Vol. 12, No. 16There Are Ruts on Construction Sites? Who Would Have Guessed?2011
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
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Loyola University ChicagoPolitical PhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Insurance, Surety Bonds, and Bankruptcy Issues for Construction ProjectsAdditional Insured Issues: Coverage, Contracts, Endorsements and Certificates2013
Everything A Construction Player Should Know About Insurance in IllinoisInsurance for Construction Damage2013
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 Conference (Construction Safety Council)Risk Management for Sub-Contractors2009
Safety 2008 (American Society of Safety Engineers)Risk Shifting for Sub-Contractors and Use of ISO Additional Insured Endorsements in Risk Shifting [Addendum]2008
Leopardo Companies Indemnification RoundtableRisk Shifting2008
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