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IDC Distinguished Member Award

David H. Levitt 

2017 Distinguished Member
Award Recipient


The 2017 IDC Distinguished Member Award was presented to David H. Levitt, an exceptional member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC). Chicago attorney David H. Levitt of Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP has distinguished himself throughout his career, both with the IDC and numerous other organizations.

IDC President R. Mark Mifflin of Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, P.C. in Springfield, remarks “Dave is a long-serving member of the IDC Board of Directors and the Executive Committee and has devoted a significant amount of time and expertise to the function of the IDC. He continues to serve as our representative to the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and a resource for answers for many of our legal questions, as they arise.”

Accepting the award, David stated:

IDC has always held a special place in my professional career. As a young attorney, I found that IDC provided the best CLE – programs that were directly related to my practice and what I needed to learn to grow as an attorney. Over the years, I have continued to find that the quality of IDC’s publications and programs are unmatched – I always come away impressed by the depth and breadth of the talent of IDC’s membership across Illinois, and I always learn something valuable. Even more recently, I have had more than one occasion when participation in IDC has provided insight that had a direct benefit to me, to my law firm, and to our clients.

One of my reasons for participation in IDC is the opportunity to impact the law that faces our clients. In addition to IDC’s wonderful CLE and publications, participation in amicus and legislative development has provided, and continues to provide, particular satisfaction. Even when we have not been able to prevail fully, especially given the political climate of our state, I can say with confidence that IDC’s participation has made a difference.

Plus, it almost (but not quite) goes without saying: the people that I have had the chance to get to know through IDC are among the best and most talented professionals that I’ve ever met – in addition to being genuinely nice people. Thus, it is especially gratifying to be recognized for this award by those that I hold in such high esteem. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

David Levitt is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses his practice in a number of distinct areas. His primary practice is intellectual property, with wide experience in insurance, commercial litigation, products liability, and trucking. David joined Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP in 1979. He is a member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Defense Research Institute (DRI).

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