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David M. Baron

David M. Baron

David M. Baron joined Deck & Baron 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, transactional matters, real estate, estate planning, and municipal law.

Born and raised in Kankakee, Mr. Baron returned to practice law in his hometown community after gaining experience in Chicago’s private and public sectors. From 2009 to 2013, he was an associate at the global firm of Sidley Austin LLP, where he specialized in commercial, antitrust, securities, commodities, and public utility 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 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. Active with a number of non-profit and civic organizations, he is lead counsel for the Kankakee County Branch NAACP legal aid clinic and serves on the boards of directors of the Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Kankakee Development Corporation (KDC), Key City Community Development Corporation, and Kankakee Riverfront Society, Inc. He 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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