David H. Sachs Partner
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David H. Sachs
"First and foremost, I try to be a counselor to my clients. This requires developing a trusting relationship so we can move through their transactions and solve problems in the way best suited to them. This is key to developing a productive, long-term partnership. I believe my broad real estate, in-house, corporate and litigation experience helps me provide clients with a practical perspective extending beyond the current project."

David is a partner in HMB’s Real Estate Group. He focuses his practice on helping clients purchase, sell, develop, lease, manage and finance 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 and complex construction projects.

With over 32 years of experience in real estate, David helps real estate developers, investors, property managers and entrepreneurs as well as wealthy individuals, closely-held companies and restaurant owners/operators with real estate interests and related matters. He also handles litigation involving real estate contracts, property and construction disputes, landlord-tenant cases, foreclosure and mechanic’s lien matters.

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David’s practice reaches well beyond that of a typical real estate attorney. He represents many individuals and closely-held companies with their business formation, day-to-day business issues and purchases and sales of companies. While serving as general counsel for a manufacturing and real estate holding company, he negotiated contracts with general contractors, subcontractors and vendors and supervised construction projects in the field. He also negotiated leases directly with tenants and handled day-to-day tenant relationships and property management issues.

Dependable Counselor with Deep Experience

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 and rely on his in-house background to provide practical advice to clients with construction and landlord tenant-related issues.


  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Illinois, B.A. in Economics


  • Illinois


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  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Illinois, B.A. in Economics
  • Illinois
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