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Dan Fine has handled numerous matters at the intersection of commercial litigation and constitutional law, as well as antitrust, trademark, securities, breach of contract, fraud, and civil conspiracy.

Dan’s experience includes:

  • First-chaired a bench trial in which Dan’s client prevailed on all claims in a case alleging breach of contract and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  
  • Negotiated early settlement in a complex, multi-party lawsuit related to asbestos injury.  The settlement was obtained before a single motion was filed and protected the client from incurring substantial legal fees.
  • Principal draftsperson of an amicus brief that was cited and relied upon by the U.S. Supreme Court in an Eighth Amendment case.  

Dan lives in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood with his wife and a sometimes-tyrannical labrador named Lucy.  

Professional Activities & Honors

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Joel M. Flaum, U.S. Court of Appeals – Seventh Circuit (2010-11)
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Robert M. Dow, Jr., U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois (2009-10)
  • Editorial Board, University of Chicago Law Review (2007-08)

Other Events & Speaking Engagements

  • Guest Lecture, "Persuasive Brief Drafting," University of Chicago Law School (2013)
  • Presentation, "A Walk in the Clouds: E-Discovery, Cloud Computing, and Emerging Technologies," Chicago, Illinois (2013)

Articles & Publications

  • Comment, "Defining the Appellate Universe: Does FRCP 52(b) Impose a Duty on Litigants?," 75 U. CHI. L. REV. 1633 (2008)

Education

University of Chicago Law School, J.D., with honors, 2008

The College of William & Mary, BA, magna cum laude, 2002

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
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