David S. Stone

T: (312) 269-8411
F: (312) 578-1796

David S. Stone is chair of Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s Corporate & Securities practice group and co-chair of its Cross-Border & International practice group, where he represents clients and advises boards of directors in complex corporate and securities transactions, as well as general corporate and governance matters. He is also a member of the Neal Gerber Eisenberg Executive Committee.
David advises both buyers and sellers in connection with numerous negotiated public and private mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and dispositions. He also represents clients involved in public and private tender offers, mergers and proxy contests.

David has represented issuers in registered public equity and debt offerings (including initial public offerings, secondary offerings and rights offerings) and public and private placements of equity and debt securities, as well as investors and borrowers in private equity and venture capital investments. He acts on behalf of several public companies on an ongoing basis, in connection with matters arising under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

His clients come from many sectors of the economy, including domestic and international clients in the energy, mining, insurance, technology, manufacturing and service industries.

David served from July 2003 through October 2004 as the Acting General Counsel and Secretary of Covanta Holding Corporation (formerly Danielson Holding Corporation), a holding company affiliated with entities of Chicago investor Sam Zell. In this capacity, David guided Danielson through its acquisition of Covanta Energy Corporation out of bankruptcy and the financing of Danielson’s purchase of Covanta. Subsequently, David advised Covanta in connection with its acquisition of American Ref-Fuel Holdings, Inc. in a transaction valued at $2 billion and has continued to advise Covanta and its board of directors on numerous offerings of common stock, convertible notes, and debt securities in which Covanta has raised almost $3 billion, including its high-yield debt offerings in December 2010, March 2012, March 2014, and March 2017.

David has been recognized as a leader in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (recommended in “Corporate/M&A & Private Equity”) in every year since 2010, and was recognized beginning in 2016 in Chambers USA’s Energy: Mining & Metals (Transactional) Nationwide category. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2006, and in Illinois Super Lawyers since 2017. David has also been included since 2014 in The Legal 500 United States (recommended in M&A: Middle Market), and as a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Corporate Finance Law, International Business and Trade Law, Mergers & Acquisition Law, Publicly Held Corporation Law, and Securities & Venture Finance Law. David has received a peer review of AV-Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell for more than 10 years. He has been described as “an outstanding corporate attorney. He understands and does a very effective job of managing the day-to-day governance issues and the various matters that come up during the year.” According to his clients, David “provides excellent advice and counsel from a practical as well as legal point of view,” and “he thinks like a business leader, so he is that much more valuable.”


  • University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1985), cum laude
  • University of Michigan (A.B., 1982), with distinction

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1985

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