David J. Ben-Dov

Partner

djbendov@gct.law

Contacts

Direct: 312.696.1361

Pronouns: 
He/Him/His

Areas of Practice

Commercial & Business Litigation

Employment Law

Specialty Litigation Counsel

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 2014 and 2015.

EDUCATION

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

BAR ADMISSIONS

Illinois, 1998

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association (Judicial Evaluation Committee, 2015 – Present)
Defense Research Institute – Employment Law & Commercial Litigation Committees

COURT ADMISSIONS

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

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

National MS Society – Bike MS Tour de Farms (Gold Spoke Top Fundraiser)

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