I have never seen anyone as dedicated and persistent to getting something done as David.” - Chambers USA, 2021

David Stanek is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He advises and counsels clients in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, sale-leasebacks, financings, leasing, joint ventures, and development. David has represented private equity firms, REITs, lenders, public companies, and other institutional investors in various asset classes, including office, retail, hospitality, data center, multifamily, and industrial.

Before joining Kirkland, David was recognized as an “Associate to Watch" in the 2021 and 2022 editions of Chambers USA. Clients noted to Chambers that he is “very thorough, detail-oriented, and doesn't miss a beat."


Thought Leadership


Co-Author, “Court Rules Force Majeure Clause Reduces Tenant’s Rent by 75% Due to COVID-19,” American Bar Association

Co-Author, “Inching Back to Normal: The New Illinois COVID-19 Shelter in Place Order," Client Alert

Co-Author, “Details of Illinois COVID-19 Shelter in Place Order," Client Alert


Chambers USA, “Associate to Watch,” 2021–2022


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2012Illinois


  • Washington University in St. Louiscum laude2012

    Washington University Law Review

    Order of Barristers

  • Dartmouth CollegeB.A., Classical Studies2007