Dan has extensive experience in the defense of Workers' Compensation claims with a concentration in cases involving special investigations, fraud and defense of municipal and various other governmental entities.
After earning his Associates degree from College of DuPage in 1975, Dan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Northern Illinois University in 1977. While at Northern Illinois University, Dan worked at the University Police Department. He then went on to become a Claims Adjuster, a Claims Supervisor, and subsequently the Investigator in Charge of the Special Investigation Unit at Fireman's Fund Insurance Company. During this time he was a charter member of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (I.A.S.I.U.), a member of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (I.A.A.T.I.), as well as being a volunteer Fireman and Paramedic. Dan earned his Juris Doctorate from Kent College of Law in 1987.
Dan was admitted to the Illinois Bar and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1987, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois in 1999. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Tort and Insurance Law Sections, Chicago Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Committee, and the Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association.
Dan has been involved in the handling of workers' compensation cases for 45 years. He has conducted numerous seminars on fraud recognition and investigation for clients and for the Claims Managers Council. Dan regularly presents educational seminars for clients to assist in their knowledge of investigating and defending workers' compensation cases. Dan has experience in handling cases involving the Public Employee Disability Act (P.E.D.A.), Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (P.S.E.B.A.) and the police and fire pension codes.
Dan is involved in his community and has been an elected official for several years, serving as the vice president of the Brookeridge Park District. Dan is an avid fisherman and fishes in tournaments in Costa Rica, Belize and Canada, as well as in less exotic locations.
- Former Investigator in Charge — Special Investigation Unit, Fireman's Fund Insurance Companies
- Hammel v. Industrial Commission, 253 Ill.App.3d 900, 626 N.E.2d 234 (1993)
Honors & Awards
- 5.0/5.0 AV Preeminent LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
- Leading Lawyer Network, 2004 to present