David Allswang - Real Estate & Community Development lawyer - Nixon Peabody LLP

David B. Allswang

David Allswang is a partner in Nixon Peabody’s Real Estate group and head of our national leasing team. He represents clients in all areas of commercial real estate.

What do you focus on?

I focus my practice on the acquisition, leasing and disposition of commercial real estate. Working on behalf of landlord entities, I have completed projects involving several million square feet of retail space. I work with clients in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, England, China and Israel in relation to acquisition, disposition and leasing of retail, residential, industrial and office properties. I also provide counsel on foreign and domestic formation issues.

I lecture at conferences on lease negotiation strategies and have authored a chapter on Illinois law in the State-By-State Guide to Commercial Real Estate Leases.

What do you see on the horizon?

E-commerce continues to expand, forcing retail landlords and tenants to adjust to an evolving landscape. Experiential retail—that which cannot be purchased online—is likely to play a material role in shopping centers for many years to come. Additionally, increased foot traffic, though not necessarily produced from traditional retail sources, will be embraced by existing tenants, which is a departure from traditional thinking.

The rent: To pay or not to pay? Amid coronavirus, that is the question for business across Chicago

Chicago Tribune | April 01, 2020

In this front-page article in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Affordable Housing and Real Estate partner David Allswang provided comments that commercial landlords are bracing for a significant drop in rent payments in April amid the coronavirus crisis, citing anecdotal data from commercial property owners in London.


David B. Allswang

Head of National Leasing Team


Phone: 312-977-9242

Fax: 844-804-4476

Boston University School of Law, J.D.

Boston University, B.S., magna cum laude



David was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 in the field of Real Estate Law. David has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2012.

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