A Chicagoland native, attorney David Ratowitz has a business background and a keen understanding of the needs of his clients. A U.S. Army veteran, small business owner and survivor of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, David learned from his experiences that strength and determination must be coupled with integrity and empathy.
David earned distinction serving in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division , as a Platoon Leader in the Republic of Korea and in the Republic of Haiti. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Ranger school and was selected for the Special Forces Assessment and Selection course.
While attending the A.B. Freeman School of Business/Tulane Law School in New Orleans, David also built and ran a successful contracting and construction firm. At the same time as he earned his M.B.A. and Juris Doctorate, he worked at several internships in banking and investment firms.
After Hurricane Katrina, David returned to Chicago to rebuild his business and discovered a reinvigorated interest in practicing law. Since 2008, David has dedicated himself to using his extensive skills and broad-based knowledge in representing his clients in his diverse and multi-lingual law practice.
David has represented clients in all manner of real estate transactions including foreclosure and bankruptcy actions, appearing in state and federal court. He provides counsel to clients as they navigate through short sales and general real estate buying and selling. David has appeared on behalf of appellate clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the 7th Circuit.
At the same time as he fights for the rights of consumers, David’s belief in participation in the electoral process inspired him to open the election law and non-profit division of Ratowitz Law Group. Since its inception, the Ratowitz Law Group has represented federal, state and local election candidates for office, neighborhood activists and community organizers in ballot access issues and for fairness. Along with his concern for the electorate, David has applied his commitment to community responsibility by providing corporate governance for non-profits so that those organizations may focus on their good work while he focuses on keeping them running properly with 501(c)(3) status, compliance to regulations and the general oversight of the business end of charitable and non-profit work.
David began the Ratowitz Law Group to provide his clients with the kind of representation he himself would want. His carefully selected support staff and affiliated attorneys are committed to his vision of Powerful Representation.
Languages spoken: Spanish, English
Contingent (10-40%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2005||08/10/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Most Outstanding Law Firm of 2016, the USA||Wealth & Finance INTL||2016|
|Distinguished Military Graduate, 1992||University of Iowa R.O.T.C.||1992|
|Tulane University Law School||N/A||N/A||2003|
|Tulane University, Louisiana||N/A||MBA||2003|
|University of Iowa||Anthropology||N/A||1992|