David C. McLauchlan

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Chicago, Illinois

The McLauchlan Law Group LLC
David C. McLauchlan
The McLauchlan Law Group LLC

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Insurance Coverage; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1972

Education: University of Illinois College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2011, 2016 - 2024

The McLauchlan Law Group LLC

401 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60611 Visit website


Business attorney David C. McLauchlan is the managing partner of The McLauchlan Law Group LLC, in Chicago, Illinois, and Houston, Texas. He serves clients in both locations from his office in Chicago, assisting them with legal issues, such as:

  • Business litigation
  • Commercial litigation 
  • Insurance coverage litigation
  • Reinsurance law
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Premises and product liability
  • Aviation law
  • Environmental law

With more than 30 years of experience as a legal practitioner, Mr. McLauchlan has handled several trial cases before state and federal courts across the United States. A certified arbitrator by ARIAS•U.S., he has served as an appellate and lead trial counsel in many private arbitrations. He is also certified in mediation by the Northwestern University and finished the advanced mediator training by the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution. He frequently helps several large and small businesses with various aspects of the law, including mergers and acquisitions, business dispute resolutions and business formations.

Mr. McLauchlan obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from Bradley University in 1969, and later, he went on to earn his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1972. While there, he served as the notes and comments editor of the University of Illinois Law Review and was a member of the University of Illinois National Moot Court Team. 

Licensed to practice in Illinois since 1972, Mr. McLauchlan’s other bar admissions include the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois. He is also allowed to appear before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. 

A Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent* rated attorney, Mr. McLauchlan has been recognized by prominent legal organizations such as the Leading Lawyers Network and the Best Lawyers in America. He has also been chosen to be a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Furthermore, his pro bono services at the Center for Disability and Elder Law earned him the Eamon Shannon Award. 

Staying active in his legal circle, Mr. McLauchlan acts as a mentor to numerous young lawyers, presenting at various seminars and conferences, and he is well versed in heading large litigation teams. He maintains his professional relationships with fellow attorneys by being a member of the American Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association, The Chicago Bar Association and the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Insurance Coverage, Aviation and Aerospace, Business/Corporate, Entertainment & Sports

Focus areas

Arbitration, Aviation, Business Formation and Planning, Contracts, Insurance, Mediation

First Admitted: 1972, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://mclauchlanlawgroup.com/david-mclauchlan-esq/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, Foundation Board of Special Olympics Illinois, 2008 - 2013
  • Chicago Regional BMW Motorcycle Owners Association (CRBMWMOA)
  • Past President, East Water Place Homeowners Association
  • Sunset Ridge Country Club, Northfield, Illinois
  • The Misericordia Homes Family Association
  • Center for Disability and Elder Law
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • Selected as a Fellow in the LCA Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2020
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated
  • Selected for fellowship in the American Academy of Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2012, a body dedicated to promoting the highest ideals in ADR., Fellow, American Academy of Alternative Dispute Resolution, American Academy of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Litigation Counsel of America, 2020
  • Eamon Shannon Award for Pro Bono Work for the Center for Disability and Elder Law, 2009
Educational Background:
  • Bradley University, B.A., Omicron Delta Kappa, Honorary; President Interfraternity Council; Bradley University B Club, Golf, 1969
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Lecturer and Author of Presentation, Mealey's, LexisNexis "Wall Street Forum: Mass Tort Litigation: Insurance Coverage & Mass Tort Litigation," Oct., 2005
  • December 5, 2016 webinar: “The Drones: Regulatory, Privacy, Product Liability & Insurance Issues Every Firm Needs to Know”, sponsored by The Knowledge Group
  • October 9, 2013: Guest Speaker on Blog Talk Radio: “Money for Lunch” program hosted by Bert Martinez titled: “Insurance law issues in Privacy Law, Cyber Security, Advertising and Blogging”
  • Speaker and Panelist, "Private Ordering and Compliance with Reinsurance Agreements," International Law Association, International Law Weekend 2005 (New York, N.Y.)
  • Notes & Comments Editor, University of Illinois Law Review; National Moot Court Team
  • Lecturer and Presenter at Renaissance III, Trying the Unwinnable Case, Speaker, Think Like a Litigator; Sting Like a Bee: Trying Lawsuits on the Road, Litigation Counsel of America, 2011
  • Have served as Mediator in complex multiparty litigation involving insurance coverage, mass torts, complex business litigation, aviation crash, Trust and Estates disputes, family business disputes and sexual abuse claims litigation around the country., 2020
  • Arbitrations: Panel Member and Umpire: Served as arbitrator on over 40 arbitration panels including serving numerous times as Umpire/panel chair including arbitrations involving evidentiary hearings and the rendering of a reasoned award., 2020
  • Private Arbitrations and Mediations Represented clients in major arbitration and mediation regarding insurance coverage for asbestos related claims and the allocation of those claims to multiple years of insurance coverage. Represented air ambulance company in mediation, arbitration and litigation of disputes regarding aircraft leasing and business operations. Represented clients in Wellington Agreement disputes before CPR panelists and on appeal. Represented client in arbitration before arbitrator in IDEA proceeding in Illinois. Participated in over 100 mediations as counsel for one of the parties. Served as mediator of dispute regarding hundreds of claims under medical plan and their treatment by captive insurer and reinsurer, 2020
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Serving as trial and appellate counsel in complex business litigation proceeding in Federal Court in Houston, Texas concerning claims of wrongful dealer termination and counterclaims for Trademark Infringement and unfair trade practices.  This matter is ongoing., 2022
  • Served as lead counsel for subcontractor in construction contract dispute over the terms, conditions and performance of work on the job site., 2023
  • Served as co-lead counsel for arbitration hearings before Society of Marine Arbitrators panel in dispute over contract delivery terms for ocean going vessel transporting alleged contaminated product.  , 2020
  • Served as mediator in aircraft crash litigation to resolve claims between injured passenger and pilot, fixed base operator, airport and insurers.  , 2016
  • Served as Trial and Appellate Counsel in complex case seeking to enforce judgment and collect on business insurance coverage arising from wrongful termination and other torts.  Case was resolved favorably for client.  , 2021
  • Served as Mediator in complex insurance coverage dispute involving multiple years and multiple layers of coverage arising from claims against the insured association for sexual abuse of minors by staff.  , 2021
  • Served as Umpire, lead arbitrator, for three arbitrator panel in reinsurance coverage dispute.  Case went to full hearing and resulted in a written reasoned award.  , 2022
  • Served as lead counsel in complex business litigation case pending in federal court involving intellectual property issues and allegations of tortious interference with contract and other business torts achieving global settlement for client and preservation of their business., 2016
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Named as a "Fellow" of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators., 2023
  • Advanced Mediator Training Course by CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (www.cpradr.org), 2009
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators:  certified arbitrator: Member, 2018
  • Arbitration Panel, Association of Insurance & Reinsurance Run-Off Companies, 2010
  • Arbitrator, Circuit Court of Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program, 2018
  • Arbitrator Certification, ARIAS-US (http://www.arias-us.org), 2020
  • ARIAS Approved Mediator, 2020
  • Mediation Panel Member, 19th Judicial Circuit Court, Lake County, Illinois, 2020
  • Mediator Skills Training Course Graduate Certificate, Northwestern University, 2009
  • Court Certified Mediator, Cook County Court-annexed Major Case Civil Mediation Program for both the Law and Chancery Division, 2020
  • Mediator Certification for the Court Ordered Mediation for Civil Cases Program for DuPage County, Illinois, 2010
Representative Clients:
  • Delta Building Technologies, Inc.:  represent client in general corporate advisory and business litigation and construction disputes.  , 2023
  • In re Energy Systems Equipment Leasing Securities Litigation, 642 F.Supp. 718, Fed. Sec. L. Rep. P 92,920, RICO Bus.Disp.Guide 6623 (E.D.N.Y., 1986)
  • U.S. Gypsum Co. v. Admiral Ins. Co., 268 Ill.App.3d 598, 643 N.E.2d 1226, 205 Ill.Dec. 619 (Ill.App. 1 Dist., 1994)
  • Heckmann Building Products Inc. v. Hohmann & Barnard Inc., et al, United States District Court, N.D. of IL, Civil Action No. 12 CV 265; and Heckmann Building Products Inc., et al, v. Hohmann & Barnard Inc., et., United States District Court, N.D. of IL, Civil Action No. 10 CF 47262.
  • Uniroyal Inc. v. American Reinsurance Company, et. al., Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, Docket No. A-6718-02TI (unpublished N.J. Appellate Division Sept. 13, 2005) (Mealey’s Litigation Report: Insurance Vol. 20 #1, Nov. 1, 2005)
  • Celotex Corp., 222 B.R. 644, 11 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. B 337 (Bankr.M.D.Fla., 1998); 216 B.R. 867, 11 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. B 139 (Bankr.M.D.Fla., 1997); 196 B.R. 602, 35 Collier Bankr.Cas.2d 1670, 29 Bankr.Ct.Dec. 84 (Bankr.M.D.Fla., 1996); 194 B.R. 668, 28 Bankr.Ct.Dec. 1209 (Bankr.M.D.Fla., 1996); 152 B.R. 667, 24 Bankr.Ct.Dec. 134 (Bankr.M.D.Fla., 1993)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member and Fellow: The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2023
  • Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association
  • Illinois
  • Founder, The International Arbitration & Mediation Group LLC
  • Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Member of Business Litigation, Aviation Law, Tort & Insurance, Alternative Dispute Resolution, International Law, Construction Law & Intellectual Property Law Committees)
  • DuPage County Bar Association, 2020
  • Lake County Bar Association: Member Civil Trials and Appeal Committee, 2020
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. Illinois, 1972
  • Admitted United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois, 1972
  • Admitted United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
  • Member and Certified Arbitrator, AIDA Reinsurance & Insurance Arbitration Society
  • Admitted pro hac vice to handle specific cases in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia and Puerto Rico
  • Illinois Supreme Court, 1972
  • Member, 7th Circuit Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois Trial Bar, 1983
Industry Groups:
  • Arbitration And Mediation Of Disputes; Aviation
  • Construction
  • HVAC
  • Insurance
  • Professional Liability

Office location for David C. McLauchlan

401 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: 833-593-3748


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2011, 2016 - 2024

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