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David M. Baron

David M. Baron

David M. Baron is an attorney with Deck & Baron, who joined the firm in July 2017. Admitted to practice in Illinois state and United States district courts, Mr. Baron engages in a general civil practice representing businesses, lending institutions, local government entities, and individuals. His areas of focus include commercial litigation and transactional matters, municipal law, administrative proceedings, real estate, and estate planning.

Born and raised in Kankakee, Mr. Baron has returned to practice law in his hometown community after gaining experience as an attorney in both the private and public sector. From 2009 to 2013, he was an associate at the Chicago-based firm of Sidley Austin LLP, where he specialized in commercial, antitrust, securities, commodities, and public utilty litigation and advising. He received the firm’s 2011 Thomas H. Morsch Award for his pro bono service to the firm’s Capital Litigation Project.

From 2013 to 2017, Mr. Baron was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the City of Chicago Law Department’s Constitutional and Commercial Litigation Division. In that role, Mr. Baron handled major contractual disputes and defended challenges under the Illinois and U.S. Constitutions to the City’s ordinances and regulations. In particular, Mr. Baron helped the City to prevail against an equal protection claim by members of Chicago’s taxicab industry for permitting ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in the City, as well as a public takings challenge brought by a developers association against the City’s affordable housing ordinance.

Mr. Baron received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 2009 and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame in 2006. He has been active with a number of non-profit and civic organizations, and he currently serves as chair of the Board of Advisors at Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Chicago. Mr. Baron is also the author of Pembroke: A Rural, Black Community on the Illinois Dunes, which was published in 2016 by Southern Illinois University Press and chronicles the remarkable history of the resilient township in southeastern Kankakee County.

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