David Alfini focuses his practice on helping his clients control their risk both inside and outside of the court room. He has developed a national practice representing clients in a variety of matters such as construction defect, product liability, long term care, toxic exposure, premises liability and auto liability cases. David is admitted to practice in both Illinois and Indiana. He has also been admitted pro hac vice in more than twenty jurisdictions nationwide. His clients find that this gives him a unique outlook on litigation and issues that arise in more than one location. He handles all aspects of litigation up through trial. He has mediated cases in numerous jurisdictions and tried matters in Illinois, Maryland, Washington, Texas and New York.   

Professional Background

David draws on his experience and perspective to help them manage risk and head-off disputes prior before they become litigated matters. It is his goal to partner with his clients to help them minimize risk and achieve their business goals. David has worked with clients to develop document retention policies, snow and ice subcontractor programs as well as advising on additional insured and contractual liability. 

Developing policies and procedures and managing risk builds on David's life prior to becoming a lawyer. He worked for several years for Czech Ministry of Health for the Institute Klinické a Experimentální Medicíny (IKEM) in Prague, Czech Republic. Part of his duties included drafting policies and procedures consistent with European Union (EU) standards.

David holds an undergraduate degree from New York University (NYU). He earned his JD from the Indiana University Mauer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. He also earned his MA in Slavic Languages and Literature while at IU. He is fluent in Czech and active in the Czech Community in Chicago. 

Active in promoting diversity both inside and outside of Hinshaw, David is proud to be a member of the team at his firm that obtained a 100% rating in the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). His charitable activities center on promoting the arts, theater and diversity in Chicago.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • RIMS, the risk management society™, Associate

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a "Notable LGBTQ Executive" by Crain's Chicago Business, 2020
  • Named to DiversityMBA's list of "Top 100 under 50 Diverse Emerging Leaders," 2018
  • Recognized on the Rising Stars list by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2008 – 2010


  • Co-Presenter, "Ethics for Adjusters," Genex Services Program, Virtual Event, July 22, 2021
  • Co-Presenter, "Litigation in the Post-COVID Setting," LeadingAge Illinois 2021 Annual Meeting & Expo, Virtual Event, June 23, 2021
  • Co-Presenter, "Mental Illness and Related Disabilities in the Senior Living Workplace: Strategies for Legal Compliance," LeadingAge Illinois 2021 Annual Meeting & Expo, Virtual Event, June 23, 2021
  • Co-Presenter, "Proactive Updates –  A Look at Best Practices for Updating Employee Training to Best Prevent Risk," LeadingAge Illinois 2021 Annual Meeting & Expo, Virtual Event, June 22, 2021
  • Co-Presenter, "Emerging Claims Handling Issues for Insurance Professionals," Society of Claims Law Associates, Virtual Event, February 25, 2021
  • Co-Presenter, "COVID-19 Vaccines in Senior Living: Understanding Liability and Employment Impacts," Assurance Agency, Ltd.'s Assurance University, Virtual Event, January 13, 2021
  • "The LGBTQ Senior," 2020 Private Duty Symposium, Virtual Event, December 3, 2020
  • Co-Presenter, "Litigation Trends in the Home and Community Based Services Space," 2020 Illinois Home Care Services Bootcamp, Virtual Event, September 16, 2020
  • Co-Presenter, "COVID-19 Return to Work: Best Practices and Policies and Procedures for Aging Services Providers Returning Employees to Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic," LeadingAge Illinois Human Resources Virtual Workshop, July 29, 2020
  • Panelist, "Leadership and the LGBTQ Senior in the Age of COVID-19," LeadingAge Illinois, Webinar, June 23, 2020
  • Panelist, "How Employee Resource Groups Drive Diversity," From Day One, Webinar, May 28, 2020
  •  Panelist, "COVID-19 Updates," Home Care Association of America Illinois Chapter Meeting, Webinar, May 19, 2020
  • Co-Presenter, "COVID-19 Chapter II: Developments and Front Line Stories to Help Successfully Navigate the Dynamic Landscape," LeadingAge Illinois, Webinar, May 6, 2020
  • Co-Presenter, "Coronavirus in the Senior Living Workplace: Fast Breaking Issues," LeadingAge Illinois, Webinar, March 25, 2020
  • Co-Presenter, "Managing COVID-19 in the At-Home Setting: Maintaining Compliance with the Evolving State and Federal Regulations for In-Home Care," Illinois Home Care and Hospice, Webinar, March 23, 2020
  • Co-Presenter, "LGBTQ Residents and Employees in Long-Term Care," LeadingAge Illinois Annual Meeting & Expo, April 3, 2019
  • Co-Presenter, "Legal Implications: New Technology in the Home Care Setting," LeadingAge Illinois Annual Meeting & Expo, April 2, 2019
  • Co-Presenter, "Difficult Conversations: Proactive Strategies for Minimizing Legal Risk During Conflicts with Resident Family Members," LeadingAge Illinois Annual Meeting & Expo, April 2, 2019
  • "The New Legal Target in the Aging Services Space," Illinois Home Care Services Bootcamp, Chicago, Illinois, November 7, 2018
  • Co-Presenter, "Hot Topics in Employment and Resident Driven Risks," LeadingAge Illinois Senior Living Conference, Lisle, Illinois, October 4, 2018
  • Co-Presenter, "Mitigating Risk and Client Driven Litigation for the Homecare Provider," Private Duty Symposium, Tinley Park, Illinois, September 12, 2018
  • Co-Presenter, "Defensive Documentation," Private Duty Symposium, Tinley Park, Illinois, September 12, 2018
  • "Navigating the Homecare Labor Force," LeadingAge Illinois Annual Meeting & Expo, April 18, 2018
  • "Long-Term Care Employee Turnover: Strategies for Mitigating Legal Risk," LeadingAge Illinois Annual Meeting & Expo, April 17, 2018
  • "Shifting Gears - How Home and Community Based Programs and Their Allies are Becoming the New Legal Target in the Aging Services Industry," LeadingAge Illinois Annual Meeting & Expo, April 17, 2018
  • "Mitigating Client Driven Litigation and Labor and Employment Risks in the Homecare Setting,"  Illinois Homecare & Hospice Council Annual Conference, March 15, 2018
  • "Navigating Third-Party Credentialing Systems in Assisted Living Centers and Other Facilities," Home Care Association of America, Webinar, March 6, 2018
  • "Long-Term Care Peer Review and Quality Assessment and Assurance Protection Act," LeadingAge Webinar, Chicago, Illinois,  March 22, 2017
  • "Anti-Harassment and Inclusion Training Program," Hinshaw University an In-house Program, Chicago, Illinois, February 2, 2017
  • "Final Ruling to New Beginnings," In-house Program, Chicago, Illinois, January 19, 2017
  • "The Fair Housing Act and Recent Litigation Trends in Senior Living Facilities," Hinshaw's Breakfast Seminar Series, Rockford, Illinois, October 11, 2016
  • "Risk Management of Long-Term Care Facilities in the Digital Age," LeadingAge Illinois Annual Meeting and Exhibition, Schaumburg, Illinois, April 5, 2016
  • "Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facilities Act - Know What to Expect," Chicago, Illinois, January 2016
  • "Tender Trap: Tips and Strategies for Dealing With Tenders of Defense and Risk Transfer," Society of Claim Law Associates (SCLA) Claims Education Conference, Orlando, Florida, November 2015
  • "Effective Claims Handling: A Proactive Approach to Identifying and Minimizing Risks in Senior Living Facilities," 2015 Senior Living Conference, Naperville, Illinois, September 2015


  • Co-Author, "More than empty promises," HomeCare Magazine, April 20, 2021
  • "Reform of Long-Term Care Facility Requirements: CMS's Landmark Final Rule Poses New Challenges," Bloomberg BNA Health Law Reporter, February 2017
  • "Cutting Through the Confusion—The Illinois Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facilities Act Revisited," Bloomberg BNA Health Law Reporter, April 2016
  • "The Illinois Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facilities Act—What It Means for Long-Term Care Providers in Illinois," Bloomberg BNA Health Law Reporter, October 2015
  • Co-Author, "Medical Information and Communication Network: A Case Study on the Use of Health Systems Research in the Czech Republic," which was presented at the Third General FICOSSER/WHO Conference in Helsinki, Finland in 1994


David lives and works in Chicago. He is an excellent tour guide and always enjoys introducing friends to the joys of Chicago.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Chicago StartOut Program
    • Board Chair, 2018

M.A., Slavic Languages and Literature, Indiana University, 2000

J.D., Indiana University School of Law, 2000

B.A., New York University, 1993, Political Science