Professional Biography

David M. Neff Partner

  • Phoenix

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    2525 E. Camelback Road, Suite 500

    Phoenix, AZ 85016-4227


  • Chicago

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    110 North Wacker Drive, 34th Floor

    Chicago, IL 60606




David M. Neff is one of the most experienced hotel bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers in the country. He has litigated hotel bankruptcy cases for lenders, debtors, and unsecured creditors (including hotel franchisors and management companies) throughout the country for more than 35 years. David has handled many high-profile cases, including arguing for the petitioner in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in RadLAX Gateway Hotel v. Amalgamated Bank, gaining reversal of a ruling on equitable mootness grounds before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the Transwest Resort Properties bankruptcy case, and obtaining a damage claim of almost $125 million for Hilton in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in the MSR Resort bankruptcy cases after two trials. He most recently obtained a significant ruling allowing default interest to his client in the 3MB bankruptcy case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California.

David has served as an adjunct professor at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, has authored numerous bankruptcy and hotel-related articles, and spoken at many conferences on those topics. He has twice served as chairman of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants, an organization consisting of the leading consultants to the hotel and other leisure industries worldwide. David is also a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He previously served as the firmwide chair of Perkins Coie’s Bankruptcy & Restructuring practice and co-chair of the firm’s Hotel & Leisure industry group.

David has been designated an Illinois ‘Super Lawyer’ by Super Lawyers from 2005 through 2023 as a result of research projects conducted jointly by Law & Politics and Chicago magazines. The respected English publisher, Chamber 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 2023. David’s article, “Potential Liability of Nonpetitioners Under 11 U.S.C. § 303,” was selected for inclusion in Best of ABI 2022: The Year in Business Bankruptcy.

Ranked by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers

Named “Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America, 2021
Ranked by Chambers USA 17 Years in a Row

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Professional Recognition

  • Ranked nationally in Chambers USA as a "Leading Lawyer in Leisure & Hospitality," 2007 – 2023
  • Ranked in Illinois by Chambers USA as a "Leading Bankruptcy/Restructuring Lawyer," 2011 – 2023
  • The International Society of Hospitality Consultants Chuck Pinkowski Member Service Award, 2018
  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
    • Nominating Committee for the 7th Circuit Council, 2015 – 2018
  • Named by Corporate Counsel as BTI Client Service All-Stars, 2016
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Leisure and Hospitality Law, 2013 – 2024
  • Listed as a "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2005 – 2024

*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
  • Certified by the Institute for Conflict Management as a mediator and an arbitrator
  • 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






Bar and Court Admissions

  • Arizona
  • Illinois


  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Northwestern University, B.S.J., 1982