Dan represents public entities and property owners in land use, zoning litigation, real estate, property maintenance and many other local government matters.
He has spent his entire legal career representing public entities and public officials in numerous aspects of local government law, including day-to-day board governance issues, practices and procedures, finance, litigation, municipal liens and building code compliance matters. As a municipal prosecutor, Dan prosecutes traffic and local ordinance violations, from insurance compliance to overweight truck violations.
Dan also concentrates in election law, and served on a number of local electoral boards, hearing challenges to nominating petitions for candidates for local office. Dan has extensive experience in politics and government. Before attending law school, he worked for State Representatives Chapin Rose, David Reis, and other legislators across the state as a Policy Analyst for Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross. Dan also worked on municipal, county, legislative, judicial and other political campaigns.
Dan earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he served as an associate editor on the University of Illinois Law Review and earned a CALI Award in Real Estate Development.
- Assisted in drafting rules of procedure for zoning hearings, providing for participation by residents and an effective process for applicants.
- Advised municipal zoning boards of appeal and plan commissions.
- Successfully overcame opposition by lender and property owners to win orders for demolition of dangerous and unsafe structures, securing high priority demolition liens for municipality, including demolition costs and reasonable attorneys fees.
- Helped special district to secure court authorization to sell surplus land, and convinced appellate court to require appellant to post a multi-million dollar appeal bond for stay of land sale, which was avoided upon appellant’s failure to post bond.
- Analyzed objections to nominating petitions as appointed public member to electoral boards throughout Cook County.
- Counsels candidates for elected office regarding petitions for nomination, campaign finance matters, and post-election count or recount matters.
- American Planning Association, 2012 Illinois Chapter Conference: “Possibly the Greatest Law Update of All Time: Illinois Legislative Update; Zoning and the New Second Amendment”
- American Bar Association, "Ethics of Social Networking" Webinar
- Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals Workshop: “Good Governance, Ethics for Municipal Officials”
- "Rules of the Game: A Framework for Fair and Effective Zoning Hearings," The Commissioner (APA 2013)
- Daniel J. Bolin and Brent O. Denzin, "When All Heller Breaks Loose: Gun Regulation Considerations for Zoning and Planning Officials under the New Second Amendment," Urb. Lawyer (Summer, 2012)
- “Subdivisions,” IICLE Municipal Law Series Handbook (2012)
- Julie A. Tappendorf and Daniel J. Bolin, "Federal Laws Regulations, and Programs Affecting Local Land Use Decision-Making: Housing and the Economy and Historic Preservation," SR004 ALI-ABA 469 (2009)
- Dan is a regular contributor to Ancel Glink’s "In the Zone" land use newsletter, authoring articles on emerging topics like civil unions and zoning, while also offering updates on new land use cases and legislation
- “Annexation and Annexation Agreements,” IICLE Municipal Law Series Handbook (2011)
- Illinois Park District Law Handbook (6th ed., 2010)
- Township Officials of Illinois, Laws and Duties Handbook (2009, 2011 editions)
Honors & Awards
- CALI Award, Real Estate Development