David T. Cellitti


Dave Cellitti is an experienced business law attorney who helps clients navigate everything from middle-market mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and other significant transactions to strategic planning, compliance and day-to-day operations. For many clients, he has provided this insight while serving as outside general counsel.

Dave is the office managing partner for the firm's Tampa office, the chair of its Florida Offices' Business Law Practice Group and a member of its pro bono committee.

Licensed in Florida and Illinois, Dave has served his clients in a wide variety of ways, including:

  • Representing a middle-market private equity firm in connection with multiple platform acquisitions and other significant transactions;
  • Serving as US counsel to a foreign-based facility services company in its strategic acquisitions of several US-based businesses and US legal matters;
  • Representing a publicly-traded energy company in connection with various strategic development and M&A transactions;
  • Providing M&A counsel to the US subsidiary of a global consumer products manufacturer; to a leading privately-held investment consulting firm in multiple strategic acquisitions of similar businesses; to an entrepreneur-owned technology consulting company in connection with its sale to a publicly-traded company; and to a privately-held consumer foods supplier in connection with its strategic acquisition of a wholesale and distribution company;
  • Representation of an Illinois-based Fortune 500 manufacturer and marketer of leading consumer brands in connection with M&A deals, transactions with dozens of its suppliers, and day-to-day operations;
  • Representing a Fortune 500 global leader in the manufacture and sale of commercial vehicles with respect to M&A transactions and its relationships with its suppliers and customers;
  • Serving as outside general counsel to several closely held high-technology start-up companies; and
  • Supporting health care related joint ventures and M&A, including transactional matters involving hospitals, medical centers, and health care systems.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Certificate, Quarles & Brady Leadership Program (2016)
  • Lewis & Clark Law School (J.D., 2000)
    • Dean's Scholar
    • Business Law Roundtable Scholar
    • Moot Court Honor Board
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A., 1997)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association's Business Law Section, M&A Committee, Task Force on Revised Model Asset Purchase Agreement, Representations and Warranties Working Group, co-leader
  • Plant High Rowing Association, Inc., Tampa board
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, member

Professional Recognition

  • Tampa Bay Chamber’s “Leadership Tampa” Class of 2022
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer - Law Bulletin Media, Closely & Privately Held Business, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2013–present
  • "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch," Chicago Law Bulletin, 2011
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