David T. Cellitti, Partner


Dave Cellitti is a partner in the firm's Business Law Practice Group. His practice focuses primarily on evaluating, structuring, negotiating, documenting, and closing a variety of middle-market mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and other corporate transactions, as well as providing legal services to clients on a wide range of business law matters pertaining to strategic planning, compliance, and day-to-day operations, including as outside general counsel.

Dave's experience includes the following:

  • representation of a Chicago-based middle-market private equity firm in connection with multiple platform acquisitions;
  • service as US counsel to a foreign-based facility services company with respect to its strategic acquisitions of several US-based businesses and US corporate matters;
  • representation of a publicly-traded energy company in connection with various strategic development transactions;
  • M&A counsel to the US subsidiary of a global consumer products manufacturer;
  • M&A counsel to an entrepreneur-owned Chicago-based technology consulting company in connection with its sale to a publicly-traded strategic acquirer;
  • lead transactional counsel to middle-market industrial products distribution company in the sale of all of its capital stock;
  • M&A counsel to a leading privately-held investment consulting firm in multiple strategic acquisitions of similar businesses;
  • M&A counsel 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 global leader in the manufacture and sale of commercial vehicles with respect to M&A transactions and its relationships with its suppliers and customers;
  • 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;
  • service as outside general counsel to several Chicago-based closely held high-technology start-up companies; and
  • 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 (Co-Leader of Representations and Warranties Working Group)
  • Chicago Bar Association (Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Selected as an Illinois Leading Lawyer - Law Bulletin Media, 2013–present (Closely & Privately Held Business, Mergers & Acquisitions)
  • Recognized as one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch" by the Chicago Law Bulletin (2011)