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David Burden


Principal and Executive Vice President

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Professional Summary

David Burden leads Occupier Services Chicago Area, a team that provides transaction and corporate advisory real estate services from Chicago across NA and the world.  David advises clients locally and accounts globally for space requirements in office, lab, industrial, retail, hospitality and specialty uses.  His experience stems from thousands of lease and sale transactions ranging from small offices to headquarters, restaurants, land and distribution spaces to manufacturing.  

David is currently the director of the firm's Life Sciences Practice Group, working closely with biotech companies.  He is also a founding member of the Tenant Advisory Council (fka Occupier Services Group) consisting of the firm's Top 100 "Tenant Rep" brokers who colloborate on multi-city assignments globally.  His hospitality, food company and financial services clients also hve given him the opportunity to develop expertise in Retail Services Group and as member of the Food & Beverage Practice Group.  He and his team of transaction management professionals take a comprehensive approach to be a one-stop point of contact for account management, lease administration, workplace strategy, labor analytics, capital markets, project management, demographics and incentives procurement services. 

Prior to joining Colliers in 2008, he worked in similar corporate services capacities at CBRE and C&W.  Earlier in his career, David worked on Capitol Hill in economic development roles before pursuing his MBA while working as a site selection consultant at Arthur Andersen LLP.  

David and wife Kristy met at the University of Illinois, married in 2001, and are blessed with three sons.




  • #1 Top Producer, Colliers Chicago 2019, 2018, 2014, 2010
  •  Most Multi-City Assignments (MCA’s) and Largest Number of Transactions Closed, Colliers Chicago, 2015 – 2019
  •  Colliers International Everest Club 2009 - 2022
  •  Service Provider of the Year, CoreNet Global Chicago Chapter, 2015
  • Chicago Crain's Office Tenant Rep Broker of the Year,  2011, 2015, 2019, 2020
  •  CoStar Power Broker



MBA,  Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University

BA Economics, University of Illinois


Memberships & Involvements

  • Life Sciences Practice Group
  • Tenant Advisory Council (TAC)
  • Food & Beverage Practice Group
  • Education Services
  • CoreNet Global, Chicago Board of Directors
  • Chicago Office Leasing Brokers Association (COLBA)
  • Kellogg Real Estate Alumni Club
  • Illinois Real Estate Forum
  • United Way
  • American Cancey Society


Representative Clients & Projects

  1. AIG – 156,000 SF; 300 S. Riverside, Chicago (Regional Account)
  2. Allstate Insurance (HQ) – 400,000 SF; 2700 Saunders, Prospect Heights (National)
  3.  Allstate Insurance – 153,000 SF; 4200 Hawthorne, Chubbuck, ID (National Account)
  4. Arjo NA (HQ) – 62,000 SF;  2349 W. Lake St., Addison (NAM Account)
  5. Arjo NA – 40,000 SF; 550 Matheson, Mississauga, ON (NAM Account)
  6. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. – 487,000 SF;  Two Pierce Pl., Itasca (NAM Account)
  7. BMO Harris – 58,000 SF;  201 S. Grove, Barrington, IL (Regional Account)
  8. British School of Chicago – 102,000 SF;  925 S. Wells, Chicago
  9. Canon USA - Sale of 20 acre campus with 2 office buildings and a warehouse (National Account)
  10. Corix Group (Utilities Inc.) – 27,000 SF; 500 W. Monroe, Chicago IAT Insurance Group (HQ) –  61,000 SF;  4200 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC (National Account)
  11. Charles Schwab – 150,000 SF; 150 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago (Regional Account)
  12. Charles Schwab - BTS Retail Branches (So. Barrington, Northbrook, Oak Brook, Schaumburg)
  13. ConAgra/Ralcorp – 558,000 SF; 1 Quality Place, Buckner, KY (Divisional Account)
  14. ConAgra/Ralcorp – 412,000 SF; 215 N 700 W, Ogden, UT (Divisional Account)
  15. Convergint Technologies – 50,000 SF; One Commerce Dr., Schaumburg (Global Account)
  16. Home Partners of America (HQ) – 38,000 SF; 120 S. Riverside, Chicago
  17. IAT Insurance Group (HQ) –  61,000 SF; 4200 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC (National Account)
  18. Nuveen Investments (HQ) – 200,000 SF; 333 W. Wacker, Chicago (National Account)
  19. Nuveen Investments – 55,000 SF;  901 Marquette, Minneapolis, MN (National Account)
  20. Nuveen Investments –  48,000 SF;  2049 Century Park East, Los Angeles, CA (National Account)
  21. Peapod (HQ) – 64,000 SF;  300 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago
  22. Service Now – 48,000 SF; 1201 W. Lake, Chicago
  23. State Farm Insurance – 72,000 SF; 1400 Opus Pl., Downers Grove
  24. State Farm Insurance – 60,000 SF; 1500 Shure Dr., Arlington Heights
  25. Therma Tru – 348,000 SF; 8055 N. State Road 9, Howe, IN
  26. Valspar (HQ) – 60,000 SF(Sherwin Williams); O’Hare Plaza I, 8725 W. Higgins, Chicago
  27. Vanqua Bio - 22,000 SF, Fulton Labs, 1375 W Fulton, Chicago
  28. Wells Fargo, 230,000 SF; 11200 W. Parkland, Milwaukee, WI


"I cannot stress enough how pivotal David's consultative partnership and relentless advocacy was to the overwhelming success of this project.  Complications and obstacles began almost immediately, in large part, because programming requirements remained fluid for nearly 2 years.  David's ability to maximize his resources brought a depth of quantitative and qualititative demographics, logistics, amenities, signage, and branding opportunities, all which allowed for simplified review and decision making with my internal team.  David's creativity to overcome challenges and his ability to create leverage position the negotiation in a light most favorable to Schwab and create strength with every proposal submitted.  And further still was his undeniable granular expertise in the market, which help keep me informed about alternate sites, transactional data and other dynamic leverage points, terms and conditions."

- Barbara Fernandez, Portfolio Director, CRE, Charles Schwab & Co. 


"David Burden has met and exceeded our very high standards on our HQ project.  We have come to rely on his extensive experience and professional abilities as we work on our facilities and lease needs in other US cities.  We trust him as a solid resource."

- Robert D. Luse, EVP, Human Resources, Nuveen Investments LLC 


"Beyond the results, however, I have always been most impressed by David's absolute integrity in dealing with all parties."

- John W. Kneen, Partner, Beecken Petty O'Keefe & Co. (BPOC)



Financial Analysis, Transactions Services, Workplace and Interior Design, Corporate Transaction and Portfolio Management, Life Sciences, Restaurants, Law Firm Services

Service Lines

Corporate Capital Solutions, Tenant Representation, Occupier Services

Property Type

Office, Industrial, Healthcare, Retail


Education Advisory, Life Sciences Group, Tenant Advisory Council

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