David Staub - Staub Anderson LLC

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David Staub

Staub Anderson LLC

55 W. Monroe St, Suite 1925

Chicago, IL 60603


Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Law
  • Real Estate-Business
  • Business Formation
  • Internet Law
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David Staub is an experienced Illinois business attorney and a trusted advisor to entrepreneurial and family-owned businesses of all sizes. His experience and training in business law provide him with the background to counsel his clients on a wide variety of legal issues including private equity, venture capital and other financing; joint ventures and strategic business relationships; software development contracts, licensing agreements and other technology issues; sales agency and other distribution matters; and employment issues and executive compensation arrangements. His clients range from start-ups seeking guidance on formation of their business entity, to established companies looking for new sources of capital to fuel their growth, to mature family-owned companies planning for transfer of the business to the next generation. He provides advice on buying a business for those starting out or expanding their existing operations and counsels others on selling their business or pursuing other exit strategies. 

Mr. Staub has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer by the publishers of Law and Politics magazine and he is AV® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer recognition of attorneys for ethical standards and legal ability.

Business Counseling and Corporate Law
Mr. Staub serves as a business lawyer to entrepreneurial and family-owned companies in such diverse activities as software development, broadcast media, transportation logistics, construction, retailing, distribution, manufacturing, banking, consulting and other professional service organizations. With most of his family-owned clients, Mr. Staub essentially serves the same role that an in-house counsel provides at much larger companies. His broad experience in key areas allows him to provide guidance on many issues, bringing in other attorneys from the firm only when their expertise in their own areas is called for. He takes pride in digging in and understanding the client's underlying business. That knowledge, together with his strong background in accounting and business, gives him a unique ability to bring added value to the attorney-client relationship.
Mergers and Acquisitions
As a mergers and acquisitions attorney, Mr. Staub has represented both buyers and sellers in a wide range of middle-market M&A transactions including tax-free mergers, spin-offs, cross-border sales of business assets, corporate restructurings, stock purchases and management-led buyouts (LBOs). His extensive due diligence experience helps prepare both buyer and seller of the business and reduces unwanted surprises that often upset deals at last the minute. He has represented buyers and sellers in transactions ranging from small local businesses to large industrial family-owned business, throughout the United States and Canada.

Technology Law
Mr. Staub brings more than 35 years' experience to his technology law practice. He has represented clients ranging from start-ups to established companies in the areas of computer software and services, e-commerce and internet, telecommunications infrastructure, computer hardware and other high tech businesses. He also provides legal services and solutions to the firm's low tech and non-technology business clients, who face a broad range of technology issues in today's business environment.
Corporate Finance, Securities and Commercial Finance
Mr. Staub has represented companies and investors in a variety of private equity transactions. He has prepared private placement memoranda for many different types of business and has handled the compliance with federal securities laws and state blue sky laws. He is also an experienced commercial attorney, representing banks and other financial institutions in a wide variety of matters, including lines of credit, asset-based loans, equipment leases and syndication of loans.
Intellectual Property Law
Mr. Staub has significant experience in securing and protecting a business' intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights, know-how and trade secrets, through combinations of registrations, contractual restrictions and licensing agreements.
Tax Law
Taxes play a major role in many business decisions. Mr. Staub's strong tax background gives him the knowledge and experience to spot issues that another business attorney might overlook, often bringing added value to the economics of the transaction. In addition, Mr. Staub advises many of the firm's clients on specific tax issues, renders tax opinions and drafts ruling requests from the IRS.
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1977
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.S. in Accounting with Highest Honors, 1974
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, Law and Politics magazine
  • AV® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ames Moot Court Competition winning team, Harvard Law School, 1976
  • Bronze Tablet Award, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1974
  • Outstanding Senior Award, College of Commerce and Business Administration, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1974
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association - Former Chairman of the Corporation and Business Law Committee and former Chairman of the Mergers and Acquisitions Subcommittee; Former Executive Committee member, Federal Tax Committee and Chairman of subcommittee on general tax issues
  • The Keystone Foundation for Caring - Director; Former Vice-Chairman/Strategic Planning
  • Association for Corporate Growth, Chicago Chapter
  • Midwest Entrepreneur Forum
  • Midwest Association of Alpha Delta Phi - President
  • Harvard Law School - Class Secretary and Reunion Chair
Professional Publications and Presentations

Mr. Staub has written and lectured to business attorneys, accountants and other professionals on a variety of Illinois business law and tax topics. Topics have included:
  • Buying and Selling a Business: The Letter of Intent (Chicago Bar Association)
  • Issues in Negotiating and Drafting LLC Operating Agreements (Chicago Bar Association)
  • Drafting Allocation and Distribution Provisions in LLC Operating Agreements (Chicago Bar Association)
  • Protecting Minority Owners in Closely Held Businesses (Chicago Bar Association)
  • Counseling the Small Business Client in Illinois (National Business Institute)
  • Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships in Illinois (National Business Institute)
  • Piercing the Corporate Veil (Chicago Bar Association)
  • Advanced LLC Issues: Mastering Estate Planning Issues (National Business Institute)
Professional History
Mr. Staub began his career as a tax attorney with the Chicago office international law firm Mayer Brown LLP. In 1983, he was a founding partner of Cowen, Crowley, Nord & Staub, P.C. He subsequently joined Shefsky & Froelich Ltd. as a tax and business attorney, serving as co-chair of that law firm's corporate practice group for ten years, and as a member of its board of directors and administrative committee. In 1996, he rejoined Cowen, Crowley, Nord & Staub, P.C. which merged to become Stahl Cowen in 2001. He left Stahl Cowen in 2008 to found Staub Anderson LLC.
  • Illinois, 1977
  • United States Tax Court, 1977
  • Certified Public Accountant, Illinois, 1974

About Staub Anderson

Staub AndersonStaub Anderson is an Illinois business law firm focused on serving the needs of businesses and their owners in Chicago and the Midwest. Its attorneys advise closely-held companies, single-owner enterprises, publicly traded corporations, municipalities, townships, and individuals. Its principal practice areas are business law and counseling, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities, commercial finance, employment law, real estate law, tax, estate planning, litigation, and local government law.

Law School: Harvard
Admitted to Bar: 1977
Practice Areas: Business > Internet Law
Business > Business Law
Business > Mergers & Acquisitions
Business > Corporate Law
Business > Real Estate-Business
Business > Business Formation
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