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David R. Carlson concentrates his practice in commercial litigation including professional malpractice and, in particular, corporate directors and officers (D&O) liability, attorneys’ malpractice and insurance agents’ liability. He represents insurance carriers in connection with coverage disputes and other matters of policy interpretation including First Southern Bank, United American Banks in Tennessee, First Republic Bank Corporation in Texas and AmeriFirst Trust Company. Over the past several years, he has managed the firm’s third-party administration of over 350 claims from a run-off insurance agents errors and omissions program with a major nationwide insurance company.

During law school, Mr. Carlson worked at the Glenview State Bank as an assistant vice president in the loan administration department from 1982 to 1984. Prior to receiving his law degree, Mr. Carlson worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in its division of bank supervision from 1973 to 1975 and its division of bank liquidation from 1975 to 1982. Among other matters while with the FDIC, he investigated potential liability claims under defunct banks’ fidelity bonds and against former directors and officers of financial institutions. Since, he has chaired the Notre Dame Club of Chicago Attorneys Networking Core Committee.


  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court
    • Northern District of Illinois


  • DePaul University College of Law – J.D.
  • University of Notre Dame – B.B.A

Professional Memberships

  • Notre Dame Club of Chicago Attorneys –  Networking Core Committee
Super Lawyers Martindale Hubbel AV Preeminent Law 360