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.  He also litigates unfair competition 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 was a former member of the ISBA’s Board of Governors (2015-2017), 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 for the ISBA’s newly-formed 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 2014-2018.

Awards

All Service Areas

Education

  • The 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

Speeches and Publications

  • "How to Navigate Employee Salary History Through the Equal Pay Act," The Illinois Manufacturer (Summer 2018) (with co-author Rachel Schaller)
  • Speaker for the ISBA CLE course “What’s Cooking in the Restaurant Industry? A Survey of Trending Legal Issues,” (June 19, 2018)
  • "Nosy Employers and Personal Email Accounts," Workforce.com (May 31, 2018) (with co-author Rachel Schaller)
  • "Are Pay History Inquires... History?," Workforce.com (May 30, 2018) (with co-author Rachel Schaller)
  • Speaker for the Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Summit CLE course “implicit Bias: Identifying and Addressing the Issue.” (May 17, 2018)
  • "Can Employers Rely on Federal Ban on Cannabis?," Workforce.com (March 22, 2018) (with co-author Rachel Schaller)
  • "The Case of the Vanishing Stock Option," Workforce.com (March 20, 2018) (with co-author Rachel Schaller)
  • Speaker for the Strafford CLE course “Enforceable Nondisclosure Agreements.” (February 6, 2018)
  • Speaker for the ISBA CLE course "The Inappropriate Use of Non-Competition Agreements: A Conversation on National and Local Trends." (June 27, 2017)
  • Speaker for the ISBA CLE course “Implicit Bias: How it Impacts the Legal Workplace and Courtroom Dynamics.” (June 14, 2017)
  • Speaker for the ISBA CLE course "The Nuts and Bolts of Drafting Non-Disclosure Agreements: Tips for the Practicing Lawyer." (January 18, 2017)
  • Moderator for the ISBA webcast "The Hiring Process, An Applicant's Background, and the Legal Issues Facing Employers." (September 24, 2015)
  • "Shareholder Inspection Rights: The Difference Between Illinois and Delaware," CBA Record, (April-May 2015) (with co-author Richard Hu)
  • Speaker on the IICLE course “Breaking Business: How to Dissolve an Entity." (April 2, 2015)
  • "Ripping off the Corporate Veil: The Buckley Court's Implications for Non-shareholders and Non-title holders," Illinois State Bar Association Business & Securities Law Forum Newsletter (April 2015) (with co-author Richard Hu)
  • “Establishing an Effective RPO Strategy,” Workforce.com, (March 5, 2015)
  • “Evaluating a Job Applicant’s Background History,” Workforce.com, (August 25, 2014)
  • "Mutual Termination Clauses," CBA Record (July/August 2014)
  • Ch. 14, Environmental Disclosure Requirements: Accounting, SEC, and Sarbanes-Oxley Act Considerations Associated with Environmental Liability, Environmental Law in Illinois Corporate and Real Estate Transactions (IICLE, forthcoming in 2014)
  • Speaker on the IICLE course “Contract Termination: Anticipating Litigation in Order to Avoid It.” (March 2014)
  • Ch. 10, Modification of Contracts, Contract Law (IICLE, 2013) (with co-author Gabriel Reilly-Bates)
  • “Theoretical Specifications of Enduring Rivalries: Applications to the India-Pakistan Case,” India-Pakistan Conflict: An Enduring Rivalry (Cambridge University Press, 2004) (with co-authors Paul F. Diehl and Gary Goertz)
  • Ch. 23, "United States," Enforcement of Foreign Judgments, (Wolters Kluwer, 2014) (with co-author Allan Slagel)

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois State Bar Association

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

  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors

    Member

  • Just The Beginning Foundation

    Associate Board Membership Chair

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children

    Former Board Member and Sponsorship Chair