David H. Sachs Chair | Real Estate Group
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David H. Sachs
"First and foremost I try to be a counselor to my clients. I believe this requires developing a trusting relationship with them so that together we can move through a transaction or solve their problems in a way which is particularly suited to them. My broad real estate and in-house experience, along with my corporate and litigation background, helps me provide clients with a long term practical perspective which extends beyond the current project or problem."

David is a partner at HMB and the Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Group. He focuses his practice on helping clients purchase, sell, develop, lease, manage, finance and construct all types of property, including industrial, mixed-use, multifamily, commercial, office and vacant land sites. His practice extends to environmentally-challenged and financially distressed properties.

With over 30 years of experience in real estate, David’s clients include real estate developers, investors, property managers and entrepreneurs as well as wealthy individuals and closely-held companies with real estate interests or related matters.

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As general counsel for a real estate holding company, David personally negotiated contracts with general contractors, subcontractors and vendors and supervised construction projects in the field.  He also negotiated leases directly with the tenants and handled day to day tenant relationship and property management issues. This hands on experience allows him to provide practical advice to clients with construction and landlord tenant related issues.

David also has extensive experience representing restaurant owners, operators and chefs in establishing, purchasing, selling and leasing restaurants. He also regularly advises his clients regarding the contracts, licensing, endorsement and distribution agreements which accompany these ventures. His real estate and corporate experience allows him to play a key role in assisting his clients with their restaurant-related matters.

Corporate and Litigation Background

David’s practice reaches well beyond that of a typical real estate attorney. Since the beginning of his career, and in particular while serving as general counsel for a manufacturing company, he has represented many individuals and closely-held companies with their business formation, day to day business issues and purchase and sale of companies. He also handles litigation involving real estate contracts, property and construction disputes, landlord-tenant cases, foreclosure and mechanic’s lien matters.

David’s clients trust that no matter how complex their projects become, they can depend on him for efficiency and practical advice while ensuring their unique needs and goals are always paramount. Clients rely on David’s counsel for their overall business decisions and strategies.



Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, JD

University of Illinois, B.A. in Economics




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  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, JD
  • University of Illinois, B.A. in Economics
  • Illinois
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