Indiana University, Maurer School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1981

DePauw University, B.A., Economics, cum laude, 1978


Illinois, 1981

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Dave Barritt is a partner in the Banking and Financial Services Department and a member of the Litigation Group. Since 1981, when he joined the firm, Dave has engaged in all phases of commercial litigation, including both trial and appellate court work, and arbitrations.

Although Dave has experience handling a wide variety of complex commercial disputes, the primary focus of his practice has been in the areas of creditor's rights, lender's liability defense, corporate fiduciary defense, prosecution of professional liability claims, and antitrust. He has also advised and defended clients with respect to environmental issues or claims.

Selected Engagements

  • Successful representation of landfill owner in defense of class actions in Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois arising from alleged groundwater contamination and alleged migration of landfill gas
  • Environmental counsel to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Illinois, including advisory and litigation services with respect to post-closure of its landfills, operation of its landfill gas to energy plants and land acquisitions
  • Collection of the costs of multi-million dollar replacement of a defective ten mile wastewater pipeline servicing a manufacturing facility in Washington from the installation contractor, pipe manufacturer and design engineer utilizing a variety of creative contract and tort theories to defeat statute of limitation defenses
  • Successful prosecution of litigation against various insurers of Forest Preserve District and collection of substantial portion of the remedial costs of a Superfund site owned by a Forest Preserve District
  • Antitrust counsel for an association of private placement investors
  • Defense of CERCLA claims against a metal reclamation company in Philadelphia
  • Defense of trustee/owner of an Illinois Superfund site with respect to governmental and private cost recovery claims
  • Foreclosure and sale of a network of radio stations
  • Representation of prepetition and DIP lender to bankrupt corrugated packaging manufacturer resulting in collection of entire debt plus fees
  • Representation of corporate trustees with respect to a variety of issues or claims involving trust construction, asset allocation, asset management, IRA rollovers and fees
  • National coordinator of product liability defense for a leading food manufacturer
  • Successful prosecution of claims against accountant for automobile leasing company
  • Defense and settlement of claims against a money manager for a pension fund with respect to various alleged violations of ERISA
  • Both prosecution and defense of corporate fiduciary claims in Delaware Chancery Court arising from mergers of various Delaware corporations