Daniel T. Fahner concentrates his practice on a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters, government and corporate internal investigations, regulatory compliance and enforcement, and defense of employment claims involving harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. His experience in conducting corporate internal investigations and consulting with clients includes counseling clients on a wide range of issues, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and various state and federal regulations.
Dan represents litigants in state and federal courts and before government and regulatory agencies, as well as in arbitration and mediation forums. He also counsels on contract, products liability, bankruptcy, and intellectual property matters, with added regulatory experience in diverse areas, including immigration and disability rights.
Dan’s practice is complemented by his history of government service. From 2007 to 2009, he worked for the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Civil Rights Division as counsel to the Assistant Attorney General and for the Office of Legal Policy as senior counsel. In these roles, Dan supervised the enforcement of federal antidiscrimination statutes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and a wide variety of employment and immigration laws. Additionally, he analyzed complex legal and regulatory issues and coordinated the DOJ’s efforts for a number of policy initiatives, including those involving disability rights and immigration. In both capacities, Dan regularly worked with the White House, other Executive Branch agencies, and Congress on regulatory and legislative issues.
In 2005, Dan joined the US Department of Homeland Security as special assistant to the assistant secretary in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In that position, Dan handled a wide variety of policy and legal issues related to ICE's enforcement of immigration and customs laws.
Dan also remains committed to serving in various civic and charitable capacities in the Chicago community. Currently, Dan serves as the Board Chair of LEARN Charter School Network, a not-for-profit network of nine public, college preparatory elementary schools serving more than 4,000 scholars in underserved neighborhoods in Chicago, Waukegan and North Chicago.
Obtained full defense verdict in bench trial for former Illinois State Constitutional officer alleged to have engaged in retaliation against State employees for their participation in protected conduct.
Successfully settled claims against company by former CEO who alleged fraud, conversion of stock and breaches of fiduciary duty.
Obtained dismissal of action at pleadings stage against company alleged to have breached contract and defrauded former consultant.
Defending a former Illinois state constitutional officer in separate litigations, including a §1983 action alleging various First and Fourth Amendment and civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act violations, and an action involving claims of wrongful termination and retaliation by several former employees.
Resolved numerous employment discrimination lawsuits through mediation and/or arbitration.
Represented a large manufacturer of semiconductors in a products liability suit.
Defended and tried before a jury a fraudulent advertising case.
Prosecuted on behalf of a large corporation a number of federal trademark and counterfeiting cases that were resolved through settlement, summary judgment, and trial before a jury.
Represented various corporations in trade secret litigation.
Investigations and White Collar Defense
Represents privately owned companies and executives in various DOJ and US Securities and Exchange Commission investigations.
Conducted several internal investigations for a gaming entity relating to a variety of employment and regulatory issues.
Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a special committee in connection with a matter pending before the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
Represented a private manufacturer in a grand jury investigation of FCPA violations regarding sales of equipment to a foreign country; received a no prosecution letter.
Conducted FCPA compliance for a multinational retail corporation.
Represented a large mobile network operator in connection with an investigation of consumer complaints by a Wisconsin regulatory body; the investigation concluded and the matter closed without regulatory action.
Northwestern University School of Law, 2000, J.D.
University of Michigan, 1997, B.A., Political Science
District of Columbia
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Awards and Affiliations
Barrister, Chicago Inn of Court
Board Chair, LEARN Charter School Network
Member, Federal Bar Association
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Selected by peers as a Leading Lawyer for Commercial Litigation and Federal Regulatory Law (2015-2018)