David J. Morris

David J. Morris Partner


David J. Morris

UCLA School of Law, J.D.
(Law Review)

London School of Economics

University of Illinois, B.S.
(with highest honors)




David Morris is a capital partner, and Chair of the Firm’s Corporate & Securities Group. David practices in the areas of corporate and securities, corporate finance and investment management. He concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, fund formation, securities, banking and finance, trading and commodities law, emerging growth companies and general corporate matters. David serves as outside general counsel to start-up, emerging growth and middle market companies in a wide variety of industries. He also has significant expertise in the investment management, proprietary trading and commodities law areas, through the representation of private investment funds (hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds and real estate funds), broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors and other investment management and proprietary trading industry participants.


Additionally, David has extensive experience in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy workouts and restructurings. In this capacity, he represents buyers and sellers of distressed assets and counsels operating companies with respect to insolvency matters, reorganizations and assignments for the benefit of creditors. He also represents investment funds, bankruptcy trustees and other parties in connection with restructurings, asset monetization and liquidations.

David received a B.S. in finance, with highest honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also studied at the London School of Economics, and earned a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, where he was an associate editor of the UCLA Law Review. Prior to entering private practice, he worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. He serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Entrepreneurship Law Center at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. In addition, he is active in the Association for Corporate Growth, the Economic Club of Chicago, Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Chicago, and the Anti-Defamation League’s Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Board.

Prior to joining Fox Swibel, David was general counsel and managing director of a private equity, investment banking and proprietary trading firm, where he was responsible for structuring, negotiating and documenting a broad range of transactions.

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David has been named a Leading Lawyer in closely & privately held business law, mergers & acquisitions law, and securities & venture finance law by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Only lawyers who are most often recommended by their peers in the statewide surveys are included in Leading Lawyers Magazine.