David M. Saltiel




Direct: 312.696.2642

Areas of Practice

Commercial Real Estate


David Saltiel is a Partner in Golan Christie Taglia’s Corporate and Real Estate Practice Group.

David has significant experience in a variety of areas of the law. He offers practical advice to help clients resolve matters quickly and in the most-efficient manner with emphasis in these areas:

  • Real Estate: Acquisition, development, management, leasing, landlord and tenant matters, and fair housing
  • Corporate: General corporate representation, including corporate governance, acquisitions, sales, mergers and shareholder and operating agreements
  • Entertainment Law: Representation of film and television producers and writers, theatrical producers, authors, actors and performers, as well as entertainment trade associations and manufacturers, dealers and distributors of entertainment equipment and services
  • Cultural Institutions: Corporate governance and institutional representation in food services, catering and retail services agreements for museums, arts organizations, botanic gardens and presidential libraries

Prior to joining GCT, David was a partner with K&L Gates, LLP, and its predecessor, Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, LLP, where he worked for almost 25 years. He started his career as an Associate, then Partner, with Greenberg Keele Lunn & Aronberg.

David has been a four-term trustee of the Village of Lincolnshire (1988-1993 and 2005-2013). He also served three terms on the Village Plan Commission of Lincolnshire (1986-1988 and 1997-2003).

Since the beginning of his career, David has been a frequent lecturer on entertainment law, real estate management and fair housing issues, including lectures for the Institute of Real Estate Management, Chicago Association of Realtors, Chicago Bar Association, Commercial Theater Institute, and North American Theater Engineering and Architecture Conference.


University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1979
University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business, B.B.A., with Distinction, 1975


Illinois, 1980


American Bar Association
ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries
Advisory Board of Leading Lawyers
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Lawyers for the Creative Arts


U.S. Federal District Court for Northern District


Leading LawyersSuper LawyersMartindale-Hubbell

Chambers USA American Leading Lawyers in Media and Entertainment Law, 2003-2016

Illinois Leading Lawyer in Commercial Real Estate and Entertainment Law and Advisory Board Member, 2003 - Present

Illinois Super Lawyers in Entertainment Law, 2007-2009, 2013-2014, 2018

Best Lawyers in America in Entertainment Law, 2007- Present

Best Lawyers' Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television "Lawyer of the Year" for Chicago, 2016, 2018 and 2020

Rated AV Preeminent/Distinguished in Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings

Lincolnshire, Illinois “Citizen Couple of the Year” (with wife, Sandy) for volunteer community service, 2001


Chicago Children’s Theatre, Vice-Chair (Former President) and Founding Board Member, 2004 - Present

Behind the Scenes Foundation, Vice Chair and Founding Board Member, 2004 - Present

Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Honors Council (Former Officer and Board Member)


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