David Zajicek is a highly experienced attorney whose practice includes commercial and real estate transactions and related litigation. He represents companies in sales of businesses; mergers and acquisitions; leveraged buy-outs; executive compensation matters; employment law; shareholder disputes, and business succession planning.

As part of his commercial practice, Mr. Zajicek represents major lending institutions as well as borrowers in all types of private and public financing arrangements. This includes aircraft financing, federal and state (NMTC) financing and Real Estate Sales Tax Incremental (TIF) financing, as well as workout negotiation and litigation.

Mr. Zajicek also has a substantial real estate practice. His clients in this area include major developers, and he has handled zoning and land use matters in more than 30 local communities and governing bodies in the Chicagoland area, including the City of Chicago, and the Cook, DuPage, McHenry and Lake County Zoning Boards, as well as trial work before state courts regarding annexation, zoning, special use permits, wetlands permits, impact fees, storm water management disputes and building permit disputes.

On the trial side of his practice, Mr. Zajicek has tried cases in both state and federal courts, with emphasis on commercial disputes of all types, including loan enforcement and commercial foreclosure matters, shareholder agreements, manufacturer/distributor (and franchisor/franchisee) terminations, construction, condemnation, zoning and land use litigation.

Professional Background

Mr. Zajicek, a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP from 1983 to 1987, returned to the firm in April 2007. Previously he was a partner at Holland & Knight, which merged with McBride Baker & Coles in 2003.

Honors & Awards

  • Named as a “Super Lawyer,” in Illinois Super Lawyer magazine, designation awarded by peers to only five percent of Illinois attorneys, inaugural issue 2005
  • Member of the Leading Lawyers Network, where he was selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Closely & Privately Held Business Law; Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law; and Real Estate Law: Commercial
  • Holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability


"Documenting Unusual Real Estate Loans and International Lending," Commercial Loans—Building Lender Protections From Start to Finish Seminar, live video conference, October 2012.


Mr. Zajicek has written and lectured to professional groups on the topic of the Federal New Markets Tax Credit Program, which was introduced to commercial finance transactions as part of the Federal Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000.

Mr. Zajicek has also been a guest lecturer on zoning and land use law on several occasions at law conferences sponsored by the International Conference of Shopping Centers, and has taught real estate courses at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Hinshaw Publications


Mr. Zajicek was a Captain in the United States Air Force. He is the recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal.


J.D., Northwestern University School of Law

B.S., with honors, Bradley University