David Ranich has an extensive corporate and business law practice, regularly advising a variety of clients in real estate, banking, transactional, and trust and estate planning matters.

A highly respected real estate attorney, Mr. Ranich handles matters ranging from development and financing, to taxation, contracting, and land use regulation.

He represents businesses in the organization or formation of the business, mergers and acquisitions, and the sale of businesses. He is proficient in drafting business contracts and shareholder agreements.

Mr. Ranich assists clients in instituting estate planning to reduce the ultimate tax liability of their estates. He also implements clients’ intentions in the distribution of their assets, and maximizes the value and growth of their assets during their lifetimes.

In addition to his transactional practice, Mr. Ranich litigates commercial matters, and is a certified alternative dispute resolution mediator.

Professional Background

Mr. Ranich joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in April 2007. Previously he was a partner at Burke Costanza & Cuppy LLP since 1988. Mr. Ranich began his legal career in 1977 as a law clerk for the late Phil M. McNagny, Jr., District Judge for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division. From 1978 to 1980, he was an associate of Wilson, Donnesberger & Reid, a specialty civil practice firm emphasizing banking, corporate, real estate development and commercial work. Mr. Ranich spent the next seven years at Murphy McAtee Murphy & Costanza, where he became a partner in 1984.

Mr. Ranich is certified by the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education as an alternative dispute mediator.

Professional Affiliations

  • Executive Committee of the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
  • East Chicago Chamber of Commerce, Past President
  • Lake County Bar Association, served on its Board of Managers
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Northwest Indiana Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Past President 
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honorary

Honors & Awards

  • Named by Indiana Chamber of Commerce as one of Indiana’s 100 Most Influential Business Leaders, May 1997
  • Holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability


  • "Ethics for Engineers: Indiana and Illinois," Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, Springfield, Illinois, April 2016.
  • "Indiana Law & Ethics for Professional Engineers," Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana, April 2016.
  • "Professional Engineering Ethics:  The Rules of Professional Conduct for Indiana PE's," Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, April 2014.
  • “Ethics Rules for Indiana Professional Engineers,” Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, live webinar, April 2012.
  • “Professional Engineering—Law and Ethics,” Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana, March and February 2012.
  • “Incentive Trusts, Transfer on Death Planning, and Trusts that are Off the Beaten Path,” Hinshaw Breakfast Briefing for Accountants, Schererville, Indiana, October 2011.
  • “Considerations in Business Entity Formation,” Hinshaw Breakfast Briefing for Accountants, Schererville, Indiana, October 2009.


J.D., Rutgers School of Law, 1977

B.S., summa cum laude, Indiana University, 1973; Senior Honors