David L. Wolfe

Of Counsel
david.wolfe dbr.com
Phone: (312) 569-1313 (312) 569-1313
Fax: (312) 569-3313


David L. Wolfe represents clients in a full spectrum of industries with an emphasis on tax-exempt organizations. His broad-based practice includes tax-qualified plans and executive compensation.

David focuses on benefits issues for tax-exempt clients, U.S. benefits for international clients, global stock arrangements, reducing ERISA litigation and fiduciary liability exposure, cash balance and other hybrid pension arrangements. He also handles legal compliance reviews, executive compensation, incentive pay arrangements and the corporate governance of benefit plans and other health system asset pools.

He is a co-founder and member of the Steering Committee for the development and continuing sponsorship of the HR/Hospital Advisory Board (co-sponsored by Deloitte) for senior HR executives in tax-exempt health care systems.

David is a prolific speaker and writer. He has written on a variety of tax topics in a number of publications including the DePaul Law Review, Akron Law Review, CCH Financial and Estate Planning Reporter, The Practical Lawyer, Legal Checklists, Chicago Bar Record, IICLE Handbooks (on S Corporations and Employee Benefits Law), IICLE, ISBA and ABA outlines and the ISBA Employee Benefits Section Newsletter. He has co-authored three chapters in the Health Care Industry volume published through the CCH Tax Transactions Library. He has been published in the Employee Benefits Journal, PLANSPONSOR, Tax Analysts, ERISA Compliance & Enforcement Strategy Guide, Retirement Planning and PLANSPONSOR Magazine.

David has sponsored and presented more than 100 Breakfast Briefings as a service to clients and colleagues. He uses these seminars as an opportunity to update clients on current employee benefits issues that may affect them.

David is a certified public accountant.


David has spoken about a wide variety of employee benefits issues for many organizations, including:

American Bar Association
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Employee Benefits Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association
Various committees of the Chicago Bar Association
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
Conference of Consulting Actuaries
Indiana Pension Conference
Illinois Hospital Association
Enrolled Actuaries
Benefits Management Forum & Expo
Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council
Worldwide Employee Benefits Network
Society for Human Resource Management


Chambers USA, Illinois, Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation (2005; 2008–2009; 2012–2018)
“Leaders in their Field,” Chambers USA, Employee Benefits (2006)
American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Fellow

Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)

'Excellent lawyer' David Wolfe is highly regarded in the market for his counsel on benefits matters to tax-exempt clients and is regularly engaged to advise on tax-qualified plans. He is also noted for his assistance on global stock arrangements.

Chambers USA (2017)

Sources say that 'technical and on-the-spot' David Wolfe is 'just impeccable.' He has particular expertise in benefits work for tax-exempt clients and legal compliance reviews.

Chambers USA (2013)


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1976, cum laude
  • University of Illinois, B.S., 1973, with highest honors


  • Employee Benefits Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association (Past Chair)