David C. Gustman is a Partner Emeritus in the Litigation Practice of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP. Mr. Gustman was a Partner at Freeborn & Peters, which combined with SGR in 2023.
For over 35 years Mr. Gustman has handled and served as lead trial counsel on a variety of complex business litigation matters involving antitrust, accounting, banking, bankruptcy, construction, finance, insurance coverage and broker disputes, real estate and securities. He is a “go to” lawyer for the Firm’s most challenging and difficult cases, and is often called upon by clients to take over cases that have been previously handled by other counsel.
Mr. Gustman provides antitrust counsel to joint ventures, trade associations, research consortiums and companies involved in mergers and acquisitions, as well as those facing antitrust claims. He has also successfully defended clients in connection with criminal antitrust investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Mr. Gustman is a frequent speaker and author on various legal topics, including antitrust, class actions and mergers. He has spoken several times at the PLI’s Annual Antitrust Law Institute. He also co-authored a paper entitled Joint Ventures and Other Competitor Collaborations, published by the PLI Law Institute.
While at Freeborn (now SGR), he served as Co-head of the Firm’s Antitrust Practice Group and a member and former Chairman of the Firm’s Executive Committee.
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Board of Advisors of the BNA Antitrust and Trade Regulation Report in Washington, C. (a group of nationally recognized antitrust law practitioners, which meets quarterly in Washington, D.C.)
The Trial Law Institute
Chairman of the Illinois Finance Authority (2004-2007)