Professional Biography

David M. Neff Partner

  • Chicago

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    131 South Dearborn Street, Suite 1700

    Chicago, IL




David M. Neff has a national practice encompassing both litigation and transactions. Over the past few years, he argued for the petitioner in front of the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of RadLAX Gateway Hotel v. Amalgamated Bank, obtained a damage claim of almost $125 million for a client in the MSR Resort bankruptcy case after two trials and successfully obtained reversal of a ruling on equitable mootness grounds before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the Transwest Resort Properties bankruptcy case.

He represents debtors, lenders, individual creditors, and creditors' committees in all types of bankruptcies throughout the country. He is a past president of the Chicago Bar Association Bankruptcies and Reorganization Committee and has spoken often at the Norton Bankruptcy Litigation Institute and for the American Bankruptcy Institute.  He served as an adjunct professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. David has particular experience in the hotel industry, where he has represented major parties in more than 50 hotel bankruptcy cases throughout the country and many out-of-court restructurings. He also has a specialty in professional partnership dissolutions and bankruptcies and has represented five law firms in such matters. In addition, he often represents landlords in major retail bankruptcies. David also has authored law review articles on hotel bankruptcies, professional partnership bankruptcy and dissolution matters, and landlord-tenant bankruptcy issues.

In addition to his bankruptcy practice, David is one of the leading lawyers in the country in the hotel industry, representing some of the largest hotel owners, franchisees, and management companies in all types of matters, including litigation, strategic planning, acquisitions and contract negotiations and drafting. He has authored numerous articles for hotel industry publications and has spoken frequently at hotel industry conferences. Also, David is chairman emeritus of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants and former member of the Hotel Development Council of the Urban Land Institute.

David has been designated an Illinois 'Super Lawyer' from 2005 through 2017 as the result of research projects conducted jointly by Law & Politics and Chicago magazines. The respected English publisher Chambers and Partners commented that he possesses "a knowledge of all of the nuances of the industry, not just of the law," and listed him in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as one of the country’s leading hotel lawyers and one of Chicago’s leading bankruptcy lawyers from 2007 through 2017.


Professional Recognition

  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
    • Nominating Committee for the 7th Circuit Council, 2015 - present
  • Named by Corporate Counsel as BTI Client Service All-Stars, 2016
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 - Present: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Right / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Leisure and Hospitality Law
  • Listed as a "Super Lawyer" by Illinois Law & Politics, 2005 - 2017
  • Ranked nationally in Chambers USA as a "Leading Lawyer in Leisure & Hospitality," 2007 - 2017
  • Ranked in Illinois by Chambers USA as a "Leading Bankruptcy/Restructuring Lawyer," 2011 - 2017

*The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no certificate, award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.

Professional Leadership

  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2013 - 2016
  • International Society of Hospitality Consultants, Chairman, 2005 - 2006, 2016 - 2017
  • Advisory Board of the Kendall College School of Hospitality Management, Member
  • Certified by the Institute for Conflict Management as a mediator and an arbitrator
  •, Columnist
  • American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • Chicago Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Reorganization Committee, President, 1998 - 1999

Related Employment

  • DLA Piper, Partner, 2002 - 2007
  • Jenner & Block, Partner, 1992 - 2001
  • Jenner & Block, Associate, 1986 - 1991


  • Hon. Robert Ginsberg, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1985 - 1986