David Poell is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm’s Chicago office, particularly focusing on the areas of consumer privacy and class action litigation.

Areas of Practice

David represents companies in a variety of class actions, multi-district litigations and other complex commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts. He specializes in defending corporate clients in high-stakes litigation matters involving federal consumer-protection statutes, privacy torts, unfair business practices, false advertising claims and large-scale data breaches.

David is also particularly experienced in prosecuting and defending actions involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants and non-competes, deceptive trade practices, misappropriation of trade secrets, the Lanham Act and unfair competition. He further advises companies regarding privacy matters and provides counseling on compliance with FCC, FTC and state-specific rules and regulations. 

In addition, David works on appellate litigation matters and is well-versed in issues involving administrative law, Article III standing issues and federal jurisdiction. 

Pro Bono

Of note with regard to his pro bono practice, David previously represented a prisoner in an Eighth Amendment excessive force trial in the Eastern District of Missouri.



Illinois Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2016-2023

Helen Hritzu Award for Excellence in Classical Arabic Studies, University of Notre Dame

Honored by Chicago Transportation Authority for Act of Heroism



Eye on Privacy Blog Posts 

Cannabis Law Blog

Class Action Defense Strategy Blog Posts

FCC Law Blog Posts

Labor and Employment Law Blog Posts

Trade Secrets Law Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Fifth Annual Restaurant Legal Summit, "Restaurants’ Conversion to Digital Menus – Consumer Privacy and Access Concerns," November 4, 2021




Member, American Bar Association

Member, Chicago Bar Association

Digital Media


J.D., University of Michigan, 2010, magna cum laude, Executive Editor of the Michigan Law Review

B.A. University of Notre Dame, 2007, magna cum laude


  • Illinois
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