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Daniel A. Edelman is a 1976 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. From 1976 to 1981 he was an associate at the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis with heavy involvement in the defense of consumer class action litigation (such as the General Motors Engine Interchange cases). In 1981 he became an associate at Reuben & Proctor, a medium-sized firm formed by former Kirkland & Ellis lawyers, and was made a partner there in 1982. From the end of 1985, he has been in private practice in downtown Chicago. Virtually all of his practice involves litigation on behalf of consumers. He is the author or coauthor of numerous publications on class actions and consumer protection law, including Predatory Lending in Illinois (2001); Consumer Class Action Manual (2d-4th editions), National Consumer Law Center 1990-1999; Payday Loans: Big Interest Rates and Little Regulation, 11 Loy. Consumer L. Rptr. 14 (1999); Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Update — 1999, Chicago Bar Ass’n 1999; An Overview of The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, in Financial Services Litigation, Practicing Law Institute (1999); Consumer Fraud and Insurance Claims, in Bad Faith and Extracontractual Damage Claims in Insurance Litigation, Chicago Bar Ass’n 1992; Chapter 8 “Fair Debt Collection Practices Act,” Ohio Consumer Law (1995 ed); Fair Debt Collection: The Need for Private Enforcement, 7 Loy. Consumer L. Rptr. 89 (1995); The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: Recent Developments, 8 Loy. Consumer L. Rptr. 303 (1996); Residential Mortgage Litigation, in Financial Services Litigation, Practicing Law Institute (1996); Automobile Leasing: Problems and Solutions, 7 Loy. Consumer L. Rptr. 14 (1994); Current Trends in Residential Mortgage Litigation, 12 Rev. of Banking & Financial Services 71 (1996); Applicability of Illinois Consumer Fraud Act in Favor of Out-of-State Consumers, 8 Loy. Consumer L. Rptr. 27 (1996); Illinois Consumer Law (Chicago Bar Ass’n 1996).

Mr. Edelman is also a frequent speaker on consumer law topics for various legal organizations including the Chicago Bar Association, the National Consumer Law Center’s Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, and the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and he has testified on behalf of consumers before the Federal Trade Commission and the Illinois legislature.

Areas of Practice:

  • 25% Consumer Law
  • 75% Class Actions
  • Deceptive Trade Practices
  • RICO Act
  • Trade Regulation
  • Unfair Competition
  • Mortgages & Foreclosures
  • Foreclosures
  • Garnishment
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Warranties
  • Wage & Hour Laws
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Federal Appellate Practice
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • Multidistrict Litigation
  • State Appellate Practice
  • State Trial Practice
  • US Supreme Court
  • Landlord/Tenant

Litigation Percentage:

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit,  1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2001
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas 2017
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin   2009

Education:

  • University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1976
    • J.D.
    • Honors: With Honors
  • University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, 1973
      • B.A.
      • Honors: With Honors
      • Honors: With Distinction
      • Major: History

Published Works:

  • Predatory Lending Litigation in Illinois, 2001
  • Consumer Class Action Manual (Co-Author), National Consumer Law Center, 2d-4th Editions, 1990
  • Payday Loans: Big Interest Rates and Little Regulation, 11 Loy. Consumer L. Rptr. 174, 1999
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Update — 1999, Chicago Bar Association, 1999
  • An Overview of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Financial Services Litigation, Practicing Law Institute, 1999
  • Consumer Fraud and Insurance Claims, Bad Faith and Extracontractual Damage Claims in Insurance Litigation, Chicago Bar Ass’n, 1992
  • Chapter 8, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Ohio Consumer Law, 1995
  • Fair Debt Collection: The Need for Private Enforcement, 7 Loy. Consumer L. Rptr. 89, 1995
  • The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: Recent Developments, 8 Loy. Consumer L. Rptr. 303, 1996
  • Residential Mortgage Litigation, Financial Services Litigation, Practicing Law Institute, 1996
  • Automobile Leasing: Problems and Solutions, 7 Loy. Consumer L. Rptr. 14, 1994
  • Current Trends in Residential Mortgage Litigation, 12 Rev. of Banking & Financial Services 71, 1996
  • Applicability of Illinois Consumer Fraud Act in Favor of Out-of-State Consumers, 8 Loy. Consumer L. Rptr. 27, 1996
  • Illinois Consumer Law (Co-Author), Chicago Bar Association, 1996
  • Collection Defense, Ill. Inst. Cont. Legal Educ., 2008
  • Consumer Class Action Manual (Co-Author), National Consumer Law Center, 2d-4th Editions, 1995
  • Consumer Class Action Manual (Co-Author), National Consumer Law Center, 2d-4th Editions, 1999
  • Representing Consumers in Litigation with Debt Buyers, Chicago Bar Association, 2008
  • Predatory Mortgage Lending, Ill. Inst. Cont. Legal Educ., 2008
  • Chapter 6, “Predatory Lending and Potential Class Actions,” in Real Estate Litigation, Ill. Inst. Cont. Legal Educ., 2008
  • Chapter 4-1, “Truth in Lending Act,” in Illinois Causes of Action, Ill. Inst. Cont. Legal Educ., 2008
  • Ch. 6 of Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Practice, Ill. Inst. Cont. Legal Educ., 2003
  • Ch. 5 of Real Estate Litigation, Ill. Inst. Cont. Legal Educ., 2004
  • Illinois Consumer Law, in Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and Related Areas, Chicago Bar Association, 2002
  • Attorney Liability Under the Fair Debt Collection (Co-Author), Chicago Bar Association, 1996
  • Second Mortgage Frauds, Nat’l Consumer Rights Litigation Conference 67, 1992
  • Compulsory Arbitration of Consumer Disputes, Nat’l Consumer Rights Litigation 54, 67, 1994

Representative Cases:

  • Heastie v. Community Bank of Greater Peoria, 125 F.R.D. 669 (N.D.Ill. 1989)
  • Armstrong v. Edelson, 718 F.Supp. 1372 (N.D.Ill. 1989)
  • Elder v. Coronet Ins. Co., 558 N.E.2d 1312 (Ill.App. 1 Dist. 1990)
  • Diamond Mortg. Corp. of Illinois v. Armstrong, 530 N.E.2d 1041 (Ill.App. 1 Dist. 1988)
  • Heastie v. Community Bank of Greater Peoria, 727 F.Supp. 1133 (N.D.Ill. 1989)

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The American Association for Justice
  • DuPage County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions:

  • Reuben & Proctor, Chicago, Partner, 1981 – 1985
  • Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, Associate, 1976 – 1981