Summary

Daniel focuses his practice on issues relating to employment law and unfair competition. He represents clients nationwide in the realm of trade secret theft, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and breaches of fiduciary duties. Daniel also provides counseling to business on how to employ best practices and policies to better position themselves to litigate unfair competition claims. In addition, he helps companies conduct complex internal investigations regarding intellectual property theft, computer fraud and data privacy issues, including matters related to biometric information and compliance with the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. He also litigates unfair competition, information security and data privacy claims in federal and state courts around the country. 

Daniel is experienced in matters under the Defend Trade Secrets Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Stored Communications Act, the Lanham Act, various state trade secret laws, legal standards regarding non-competes, and prosecution of common law tort claims related to unfair competition. These important issues involve complex questions regarding information technology and industry norms. Daniel has assisted clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, logistics, information technology and software design, marketing, health and medical devices, food, entertainment, and retail. Daniel works with clients regarding the below tasks: 

Counseling:

  • Counseling businesses on safeguarding proprietary information and trade secrets
  • Drafting non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements tailored to the latest judicial rulings
  • Reviewing and drafting company policies regarding the preservation of confidential information, and training staff on policies

Investigations:

  • Performing trade secret audits and forensic investigations of current or former employees to determine if proprietary information has been wrongfully taken
  • Advising entities as to enforcement options against former employees or competing entities

Litigation:

  • Prosecuting litigation against former employees and competitors under relevant federal and state laws
  • Defending entities and individuals against claims brought by former employers, and aggressively prosecuting counterclaims
  • Pursuing expedited injunctive relief and handling expedited appeals

Daniel is a frequent speaker and writer on corporate and employment matters, and provides the yearly continuing legal education training on trade secrets and non-competes for the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). Daniel also frequently speaks on issues relating to diversity, inclusion and implicit bias. He provides implicit bias training to hundreds of lawyers each year, including in-house counsel.

Daniel is the current chair of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Member Services. He is a member of the ISBA’s Board of Governors, and served in capacities as the former chair of the Standing Committee on Marketing & Communications (2017-2018); the former chair of the Special Committee on Membership (2017-2018); and the former Chair of the Standing Committee on Racial & Ethnic Minorities and the Law (2012-2013). Daniel is also the CLE project coordinator and speaker for the ISBA’s Privacy & Information Security Law Section (2018).

In 2008, Daniel graduated magna cum laude from The John Marshall Law School. During law school, he was the Executive Lead Articles Editor for The John Marshall Law Review. He also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald, Illinois Supreme Court, and for the Honorable Judge Ronald A. Guzman, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Daniel has been honored as a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2014-2019.

Awards

All Service Areas

Education

  • UIC John Marshall Law School (2008)

    magna cum laude

  • University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (B.A., Political Science) (2005)

Admissions

  • State - Illinois
  • Federal - Northern District of Illinois
  • Federal - District of Colorado
  • Federal - Central District of Illinois
  • Federal - Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)

Speeches and Publications

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois State Bar Association

    Member, Board of Governors (2015 - 2017-2019)
    Chair, Standing Committee on Member Services (2018, 2019)
    Past CLE Coordinator, Privacy & Information Security Law Section (2018)
    Former Chair, Standing Committee on Marketing & Communications (2017 - 2018)
    Former Chair, Special Committee on Membership (2017 - 2018)
    Former Chair, Standing Committee on Racial & Ethnic Minorities and the Law (2012 - 2013)

  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois

    Member

  • Chicago Bar Association

    Member

  • American Bar Association

    Member

  • The John Marshall Law School

    Adjunct Faculty Coach for the VIS International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong (2017-present)
    Alumni Association Board of Directors

Community Involvement

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children

    Former Board Member
    Former Sponsorship Chair

  • Just The Beginning Foundation

    Membership Chair, Associate Board; Board of Directors