Areas of Practice
David Ben-Dov has a broad litigation background and significant experience representing a diverse group of clients, including businesses of all sizes, governmental entities and individuals, at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts, and through alternative dispute resolution.
David, who joined Golan Christie Taglia as a partner in 2020, focuses his practice in three principal areas of litigation:
Business Disputes: David's extensive business litigation experience involves prosecuting and defending complex commercial disputes in a broad range of areas including real estate disputes, contracts and leases, fraud claims, business torts, mechanics liens and surety bonds, fiduciary duty claims, trust and estate disputes, insurance coverage and defense of class action lawsuits.
Employment Litigation & Counseling: David's employment litigation experience includes the representation of employers of all sizes, both private entities and governmental agencies, in the defense of cases filed under various federal employment statutes and state wage and hour laws, in state and federal courts and before the Illinois Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Illinois Department of Human Rights. David has also handled internal investigations for employers, represented executives in compensation disputes and litigated restrictive covenants (non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality) in employment agreements. The focus of David's successful defense of employers has been to win cases at the motion stage through effective legal writing and analysis.
Eminent Domain & Condemnation: David has handled the representation of governmental entities in eminent domain actions involving the acquisition of property for public roadway expansions and highway extensions in the Northern Illinois region. David has litigated numerous condemnation matters involving public works projects in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties.
Prior to joining private practice, David served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, General Law Bureau, Labor and Employment Law Unit, where he handled the defense of employers in federal and state employment litigation.
David is an avid cyclist and has been recognized as a "Gold Spoke," as one of the top fundraisers for the National MS Society, in conjunction with Bike MS: Tour De Farms from 2014 - 2022.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1998
- Chicago-Kent Moot Court Honor Society (Vice-President, 1997-98)
- Extern, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois (1998)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1994
- Double Major – Economics & History
- Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg School, Israel, 1993
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association (Judicial Evaluation Committee, 2015 – 2018)
Defense Research Institute – Employment Law & Commercial Litigation Committees
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
HONORS & AWARDS
Rated AV in the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
The Best Lawyers in America
Leading Lawyers Network
National MS Society – Bike MS Tour de Farms (Gold Spoke Top Fundraiser)
LATEST NEWS & INSIGHTS FROM David J. Ben-Dov
August 18, 2022 News
The 2023 edition of the The Best Lawyers in America names David Ben-Dov, Margaret Christie and Caren Lederer to its 2023 Best Lawyers list.Read More
October 20, 2021 News Employment Alerts
October 20, 2021 EventsGCT EMPLOYMENT LAW GROUP WEBINAR: ILLINOIS NON-COMPETITION AND NON-SOLICITATION AGREEMENTS – WHAT EVERY EMPLOYER MUST KNOW
On August 13, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed into law amendments to the Illinois Freedom to Work Act, which impose significant restrictions on non-competition and non-solicitation employment agreements starting January 1, 2022.Read More
August 12, 2021 News Employment Alerts
The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (the “Act”) requires employers to pay every employee all wages earned. Upon separation from employment, the employer is required to pay the final compensation of the employee in full, if possible, but no later than the next regularly scheduled payday. Should an employer fail to make such payment, the Act imposes penalties and individual corporate officers may be held personally liable for such non-payment of wages.Read More
June 2, 2021 Events
As employers continue to cope with the fallout from the pandemic, new considerations need to be made for employees as return-to-work plans and their manifold implications lie just around the corner.Read More
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