Illinois business attorney David StaubDavid K. Staub

Staub Anderson LLC
Chicago, Illinois

David Staub is an experienced Illinois business attorney practicing primarily in the areas of corporate law, corporate finance, technology law, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, tax law and commercial finance. His primary role is serving as a trusted advisor to entrepreneurial and family-owned businesses of all sizes. His experience and training in business law provide him with the background to counsel his clients on a wide variety of legal issues including private equity, venture capital and other financing; joint ventures and strategic business relationships; software development contracts, licensing agreements and other technology issues; sales agency and other distribution matters; and employment issues and executive compensation arrangements. His clients range from start-ups seeking guidance on formation of their business entity, to established companies looking for new sources of capital to fuel their growth, to mature family-owned companies planning for transfer of the business to the next generation. He provides advice on buying a business for those starting out or expanding their existing operations and counsels others on selling their business or pursuing other exit strategies.

Mr. Staub has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer by the publishers of Law and Politics magazine and he is AV® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer recognition of attorneys for ethical standards and legal ability.

Business Counseling and Corporate Law

Mr. Staub serves as a business lawyer to entrepreneurial and family-owned companies in such diverse activities as software development, broadcast media, transportation logistics, construction, retailing, distribution, manufacturing, banking, consulting and other professional service organizations. With most of his family-owned clients, Mr. Staub essentially serves the same role that an in-house counsel provides at much larger companies. His broad experience in key areas allows him to provide guidance on many issues, bringing in other attorneys from the firm only when their expertise in their own areas is called for. He takes pride in digging in and understanding the client's underlying business. That knowledge, together with his strong background in accounting and business, gives him a unique ability to bring added value to the attorney-client relationship.

Corporate Finance, Securities and Commercial Finance

Mr. Staub has represented companies and investors in a variety of private equity transactions. He has prepared private placement memoranda for many different types of business and has handled the compliance with federal securities laws and state blue sky laws. He is also an experienced commercial attorney, representing banks and other financial institutions in a wide variety of matters, including lines of credit, asset-based loans, equipment leases and syndication of loans.

Mergers and Acquisitions

As a mergers and acquisitions attorney, Mr. Staub has represented both buyers and sellers in a wide range of middle-market M&A transactions including tax-free mergers, spin-offs, cross-border sales of business assets, corporate restructurings, stock purchases and management-led buyouts (LBOs). His extensive due diligence experience helps prepare both buyer and seller of the business and reduces unwanted surprises that often upset deals at last the minute. He has represented buyers and sellers in transactions ranging from small local businesses to large industrial family-owned business, throughout the United States and Canada.

Technology Law

Mr. Staub brings more than 25 years' experience to his technology law practice. He has represented clients ranging from start-ups to established companies in the areas of computer software and services, e-commerce and internet, telecommunications infrastructure, computer hardware and other high tech businesses. He also provides legal services and solutions to the firm's low tech and non-technology business clients, who face a broad range of technology issues in today's business environment.

Intellectual Property Law

Mr. Staub has significant experience in securing and protecting a business' intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights, know-how and trade secrets, through combinations of registrations, contractual restrictions and licensing agreements.

Tax Law

Taxes play a major role in many business decisions. Mr. Staub's strong tax background gives him the knowledge and experience to spot issues that another business attorney might overlook, often bringing added value to the economics of the transaction. In addition, Mr. Staub advises many of the firm's clients on specific tax issues, renders tax opinions and drafts ruling requests from the IRS.




Professional Publications and Presentations

Mr. Staub has written and lectured to business attorneys, accountants and other professionals on a variety of Illinois business law and tax topics. Topics have included:

Professional History

Mr. Staub began his career as a tax attorney with the Chicago office international law firm Mayer, Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown LLP). In 1983, he was a founding partner of Cowen, Crowley, Nord & Staub, P.C. He subsequently joined Shefsky & Froelich Ltd. as a tax and business attorney, serving as co-chair of that law firm's corporate practice group for ten years, and as a member of its board of directors and administrative committee. In 1996, he rejoined Cowen, Crowley, Nord & Staub, P.C. which merged to become Stahl Cowen in 2001. He left Stahl Cowen in 2008 to found Staub Anderson LLC.


About Staub Anderson

Staub Anderson is an Illinois business law firm focused on serving the needs of businesses and their owners in Chicago and the Midwest. Its attorneys advise closely-held companies, single-owner enterprises, publicly traded corporations, municipalities, townships, and individuals. Its principal practice areas are business law and counseling, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities, commercial finance, employment law, real estate law, tax, estate planning, litigation, and local government law.

Legal Services

The following lists some of the services which can be provided by David Staub and the attorneys and staff at Staub Anderson:

Business Organizations

  • Formation of business entities including corporations, Illinois limited liability companies, Delaware limited liability companies, series LLCs, limited partnerships, and general partnerships
  • Negotiate and draft joint venture agreements
  • Counsel on corporate partnering & strategic alliances
  • Organize not-for-profit companies and assist with application for 501(c)(3) status
  • Advise on choice of business entity (e.g., LLC vs S corporation, S corporation vs C corporation)
  • Advise on choice of state (e.g., Illinois vs. Delaware or Nevada entities)
  • Professional corporations for architects, engineers, doctors, dentists, real estate and mortgage brokers, attorneys, and other licensed professionals
  • Shareholder agreements, buy-sell agreements, voting trusts
  • Succession planning and restructuring
  • Advise on women's business enterprise (WBE) issues

Labor and Employment Law

  • Prepare employee manuals and procedures
  • Negotiate and draft executive employment agreements and executive compensation arrangements
  • Draft confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
  • Prepare independent contractor agreements
  • Prepare stock option plans and stock option agreements
  • Handle employee issues including age discrimination, sex discrimination and sexual harassment claims

Business Litigation

  • Defend business against employee lawsuits
  • Breach of contract suits
  • Shareholder and partner disputes
  • Arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
  • Contests regarding insurance coverage
  • Claims against officers, directors and shareholders based on piercing the corporate veil
  • Bankruptcy and restructuring, including contesting preference claims

Buying a Business or Selling a Business

  • Negotiate and draft asset purchase agreements and stock purchase agreements
  • Organize and conduct due diligence
  • Prepare plan of merger and assist with proxy materials
  • Structure tax-free mergers and spinoffs
  • Hart-Scott-Rodino compliance

Technology, eCommerce and Internet Law

  • Assist with BSA audits and investigations
  • Prepare various software license agreements (EULA, source code)
  • Agreements for purchasing or leasing computer equipment
  • Outsourcing agreements, including service level agreements
  • Internet-related agreements including website terms and conditions, privacy policies, web-linking and revenue sharing agreements

Financing the Business

Estate Planning and Asset Protection

  • Wills and trusts
  • Health care power of attorney and power of attorney for property
  • Living wills
  • Asset protection strategies including asset protection trusts
  • Probate and estate administration

Real Estate

  • Buying and selling commercial, industrial and residential real estate
  • Subdivision, annexation, zoning, intergovernmental agreements, land use
  • Real estate joint ventures
  • Real estate private placements
  • Real estate financing
  • Construction contracts, design-build agreements, architect agreements

For more information on how David Staub and the lawyers at Staub Anderson can help your business, call David Staub at (312) 345-0545.

Contact David Staub:

David K. Staub
Staub Anderson LLC
55 West Monroe Street
Suite 1925
Chicago, Illinois 60603

312.345.0545 phone
312.345.0544 fax


Map & Directions

Need a speaker?

David Staub will speak to your business group or association in the Chicago area without charge. Call for more information.

Download a copy of the Illinois Business Corporation Act of 1983 (printable)
PDF (Acrobat Reader required)


Download a copy of the Illinois Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986 (printable)
PDF (Acrobat Reader required)