Meyer Law Group

Daniel B. Meyer

Dan Meyer spends his professional life in the areas of business disputes, representing professionals on their ethical obligations and in malpractice claims, and providing advice and counseling to condominium and homeowners' associations. While a significant part of his practice is dedicated to defending lawyers, financial advisors and insurance producers against malpractice claims, he also devotes considerable time advising lawyers and law firms on their ethical obligations and risk management tools, acting as outside general counsel to several of Chicago’s many condominium associations, and representing the interests of family members and shareholders in disputes that arise within closely-held corporations.

A strong believer in giving back to the industry that has given so much to him, Dan is a frequent speaker and author on cutting edge issues that affect licensed professionals. He has written and co-written a number of articles published in the Professional Liability Underwriter’s Society’s PLUS Journal and the Defense Research Institute’s For The Defense, amongst other publications, one of which was recently cited by a federal judge. He is also frequently invited to speak at conferences around the country and local bar organizations.

Dan also had the great honor of serving a two-year term as the chair of the DRI Professional Liability Committee, where he continued the work of his predecessors in raising the stature of that Committee within the professional lines industry, and putting the Committee’s annual seminar on the map of must-attend seminars for professional liability attorneys and claims professionals.

Dan received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Purdue University. After taking a year off, he attended DePaul University College of Law. Before graduation from DePaul, he served on the Executive Board of the Moot Court Society and was a member of one of the teams to participate in the National Security Law Moot Court Competition hosted by George Washington University Law School.

Dan began his legal career with a small Chicago firm that concentrated its practice on defending professionals – primarily lawyers – before regulatory bodies and in malpractice and fiduciary claims. Before forming the Meyer Law Group in 2013, he worked for a specialty insurance defense firm and, before that, a litigation boutique spun off from one of the country's largest law firms.

Dan and his wife, his high school sweetheart who with much prodding eventually agreed to marry him, live in Chicago with their three sons. In his free time, he rides the emotional rollercoaster that is part of being a Bears fan, and chases the perfect-but-elusive twenty-five on the skeet field.

Education

  • Purdue University - West Lafayette, Indiana (B.A. - Political Science, 1992)
  • DePaul University College of Law - Chicago, Illinois (J.D., 1996) (Executive Board, Moot Court Society; National Security Law Moot Court Competition)

Licensure

  • Illinois (1996)
  • Wisconsin (2014)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2000)
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois (2004)
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (2003)
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of Illinois (2011)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2006)

Professional Organizations

  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Defense Research Institute (Chair, Professional Liability Committee (Fall 2011-Fall 2013); Vice-Chair, Professional Liability Committee (Fall 2009-Fall 2011); Publications Chair, Professional Liability Committee (Fall 2008-Fall 2009); Editor, Riding the E&O Line (Fall 2008-Fall 2009); Steering Committee (Summer 2007-Present))
  • Professional Liability Underwriters' Society (PLUS)
  • Agents of America
  • American Bar Association

Reported Cases

  • Hubertus Investment Group v. Smiegelski & Wator, PC, 2014 Ill. App. Unpub LEXIS 824 (1st Dist. 2014), appeal denied, 20 N.E.3d 1254 (2014)
  • Marina Towers Condo. Assoc. v. Mathers, 2013 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2205 (1st Dist. 2013)
  • Independence Plus, Inc. v. Walter, 2012 Ill. App. LEXIS 1009 (1st Dist. 2012)
  • Cox v. Smith (In re Central Ill. Energy Coop.), Case No. 09-81409, Adv. No. 11-8027, 2012 Bankr. LEXIS 3848 (C.D. Ill. Aug. 22 2012)
  • Freedom Mortgage Co. v. Blair, 2012 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1136 (1st Dist. 2012)
  • Healy v. Worobec, 2011 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2075 (2nd Dist. 2011)
  • Sheriff v. Bridgeford Foods Corp., Case No. 08 C 3570, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82809 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 9, 2009)
  • Sobilo v. Manassa, 479 F. Supp. 2d 805 (N.D. Ill. 2007)
  • Redelmann v. Claire-Sprayway, Inc., 874 N.E.2d 230 (1st Dist. 2007)
  • Sanchez & Daniels v. Koresko & Associates, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82222 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 8 2006) and related proceedings
  • Daniels v. Bursey, 430 F.3d 424 (7th Cir. 2005), pet. for cert. denied, 548 U.S. 904 (2006) and related proceedings
  • Mikulecky v. Bart, 355 Ill. App. 3d 1006 (1st Dist. 2004)
  • MP Kenes v. Corrosion Fluid Products, 343 Ill. App. 3d 1280 (1st Dist. 2003)

Publications & Speeches

  • Presenter, It Wasn’t Me, It Was the Loch Ness Monster:  Using Errors of Others in Defense of Legal Malpractice Claims, given at ArgoPro Annual Panel Counsel Meeting (June 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • Panelist, Architects & Engineers:  Liability & Copyright Issues, 11th Annual National Errors & Omissions ExecuSummit (June 2017, Uncasville, Connecticut)
  • Presenter, Underwriting & Claims Concerns Arising From Multi-Jurisdictional Practice & Pro Hac Vice Admissions, given at Swiss Re (May 2017, Chicago, Illinois)
  • Panelist, Estates, Trusts and Probate Lawyers’ Liability & What the Market May Do in Response, American Conference Institute's Advanced Forum on LPL/Legal Malpractice (October 2016, New York, New York)
  • Panelist, From Defense Costs to Damages:  What Drives Professional Liability Claim Value, 10th Annual National Errors & Omissions ExecuSummit (June 2016, Uncasville, Connecticut)
  • Presenter, Issues Commonly Arising in Legal Malpractice Claims Against Family Law Practitioners, presented to the Lake County Bar Association Family Law Committee (November 2015)
  • Panelist, Coverage Implications for Non-Client Litigation, American Conference Institute's Advanced Forum on LPL/Legal Malpractice (November 2014, New York, New York)
  • Contributing Author, Insurance Agency Risk Management: A Comprehensive Guide to Avoiding E&O Claims (Chapter 1: Licensing), Thomson Reuters WestLaw (2013 Ed.)
  • Panelist, The New Age of Professional Service Advertising: Tweeting, Blogging and Other Social Media Tools, presented at the 7th Annual National Errors & Omissions ExecuSummit (June 2013, Uncasville, Connecticut)
  • Author, United States Supreme Court Quiets the Discussion on Jurisdiction of Patent-Based Legal Malpractice Claims, PLUS Journal (May 2013, Vol. XXVI, No. 5)
  • Co-Presenter, Two Defense Measures: Limitations and Contribution, given to various LPL claims departments (March 2013)
  • Panelist, Remedy Without A Cause: Risk Control Measures in Professional Service Contracts, presented at the Defense Research Institute Professional Liability Seminar (December 2012, New York, New York)
  • Contributing Author, Insurance Agency Risk Management (Chapter 1: Licensing), Agents of America (December 2012)
  • Panelist, Social Networking: Ethics and Professionalism, presented to Professional Lines Attorney Network (October 2012, Schaumburg, Illinois)
  • Panelist, Closely-Held Corporations: The Pitfalls for Professionals, presented at the 6th Annual National Errors & Omissions ExecuSummit (June 2012, Uncasville, Connecticut)
  • Moderator, A Mortician, A Surveyor and a Home Inspector Walk Into A Bar: Common Issues in the Defense of Miscellaneous Professional Liability Claims, presented at the Defense Research Institute Professional Liability Seminar (December 2011, New York, New York)
  • Moderator, Current Trends in Claims Against Lawyers, presented to Professional Lines Attorney Network (April 2011, Hartford, Connecticut)
  • Co-Author, Duty - A Modernized Guide for Defending the Insurance Producer Claim, For The Defense (DRI, January 2011)
  • Co-Author, A Case for Business Accountability: Statutorily Limited Duty to Procure by Illinois Insurance Producers, Agents of America Newsletter (January 2011)
  • Co-Presenter, Legal Malpractice Claims in Real Estate Transactions, given to various LPL claims departments (November 2010)
  • Presenter, Current Trends and Developments in Lawyers Professional Liability Claims, presented to Professional Lines Attorney Network (October 2010, Schaumburg, Illinois)
  • Moderator, Who Let The Data Out??? Professional Exposure for Data Breaches and Releases, Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting (October 2010, San Diego, California)
  • Presenter, The New Rules of Professional Conduct - Reporting Professional Misconduct, presented to the Chicago Bar Association (June 2010, Chicago, Illinois)
  • Panelist, Employment Liability Claims Unique To Law Firm Operations, presented to insurer panel counsel meeting (June 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • Presenter, Technology and Legal Malpractice, presented to the Lake County Bar Association, Technology Committee (June 2010, Waukegan, Illinois)
  • Presenter, Legal Malpractice Concerns for the Family Lawyer, presented to the Lake County Bar Association, Family Law Committee (January 2010, Waukegan, Illinois)
  • Presenter, The New Rules of Professional Conduct - Reporting Professional Misconduct, presented to the Chicago Bar Association (January 2010, Chicago, Illinois)
  • Panelist, Swords & Shields: Offensive Means of Defense, presented to Professional Lines Attorney Network (September 2009, Chicago and Schaumburg, Illinois)
  • Co-Author, Pay It Forward: Legal Malpractice and the Liability of Successor Counsel, For The Defense (DRI, May 2009)
  • Presenter, A Thoroughly Random Discussion of Illinois Legal Malpractice Issues, presented to various LPL claims departments (October 2009)
  • Panelist, FINRA Arbitration: The Practical Reality, presented to Professional Lines Attorney Network (September 2008, Schaumburg, Illinois)
  • Presenter, Illinois Insurance Producers: Standards of Care, presented to various Agents & Brokers claims departments (November 2007)
  • Co-Author, My Negligence? What About Yours? Legal Malpractice and a Client's Comparative Fault, For The Defense (DRI, October 2007)
  • Contributing Co-Author, The Consultant's Role in Construction Claims and Litigation, Construction Litigation (IICLE - 2nd Ed. 2006)
  • Presenter, No Good Deed Ever Goes Unpunished: Avoiding the Union of Divorce and Legal Malpractice, presented to the Lake County Bar Association, Family Law Committee (November 2006, Waukegan, Illinois)
  • Presenter, Construction Litigation, given to various Construction Defect claims departments (May 2005)
  • Co-Presenter, Insured Versus Insured Exclusions - Strategies and Tactics in Director & Officer Litigation, presented to USLaw Network (March 2005, New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Editor, Illinois Construction Law, and Contributing Author on Chapters concerning Contract Formation, Economic Loss Doctrine and Contractual Risk Transfer (Aspen Publishing, 2002)
  • Co-Presenter, Contractual Risk Transfer in Construction Agreements, presented to the Northern Illinois Building Contractors' Association (November 2000, Rockford, Illinois)
  • Co-Author, The Discovery Rule - Defendants' Perspective, International Association of Defense Counsel, Toxic Tort Committee Newsletter (1999)