David Hartwell

David Hartwell is a recognized leader in community association law, serving condominium associations, homeowner associations and cooperatives across Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. David represents clients on a full range of matters including corporate governance issues, covenant violations, discrimination claims, developer turnover and construction defect disputes. He is known for his legal acumen and common-sense approach, and is committed to achieving cost-effective and efficient results for his clients. David is an experienced trial lawyer who strives to help clients avoid litigation whenever possible, and aggressively represent clients when a trial is necessary to achieve the desired outcome.

David provides trusted counsel on community association law,and has been quoted in USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and numerous industry periodicals. He is also a frequent contributor to Condominium Lifestyles magazine, the Chicago Cooperator, and the ACTHA newsletter and is a frequent column writer for the Daily Law Bulletin. In addition, David co-authored the chapter “Condominium Documents” for the IICLE/CAI textbook Condominium Law. David has been retained by other law firms to serve as an expert on the drafting and interpretation of association governing documents. Lastly, David has been chosen by his peers as a member of the Leading Lawyers Network, representing the nation’s top lawyers.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Federal Trial Bar
  • Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Federal District Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Massachusetts, pro hoc vice


  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1998
  • B.A., Lake Forest College, 1988


  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
  • CBA Real Property Law – Condominium Subcommittee
  • Community Association Institute (CAI)
  • CAI Downtown Program Committee
  • Apartment Building Owners and Managers Association
  • Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) – Authored “Condominium Documents”
  • Association of Condominiums, Townhomes and Homeowners Associations (ACTHA)
  • ACTHA Legislative Committee
  • Daily Law Bulletin Column Writer “Condo with a View”