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   3Daniel M. KotinChicago(312) 605-8800dan@tkklawfirm.comdan@tkklawfirm.comTomasik Kotin Kassermanwww.tkklawfirm.comwww.tkklawfirm.comkotindanielm.jpgPersonal Injury Law: GeneralPersonal Injury Law: Professional MalpracticePersonal Injury Law: Transportation Including FELA & MaritimeAviationTransportation-Railroad, Auto, Train, BusCommercial LitigationMedical Malpractice
Daniel M. Kotindan@tkklawfirm.com
Tomasik Kotin Kassermanhttp://www.tkklawfirm.com
161 N Clark St Ste 3050
Chicago IL 60601
Ph.(312) 605-8800 Fx.(312) 605-8808
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Personal Injury Law: General    Aviation
Personal Injury Law: Professional Malpractice    Transportation-Railroad, Auto, Train, Bus
Personal Injury Law: Transportation Including FELA & Maritime     Commercial Litigation
    Medical Malpractice
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Practice Description:  
Daniel M. Kotin is a partner and trial lawyer in the Chicago law firm of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman. He is an experienced personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice attorney and his practice includes representing individuals in transportation, product liability, and medical negligence cases. As a result of his vast experience, he has attained leadership positions on Steering Committees and has been appointed Lead Counsel on mass tort litigation arising from fires, train derailments, airplane accidents and other disasters.

Outside of the courtroom, Dan is involved in multiple legal and civic organizations. He lectures at Loyola University School of Law where he serves as a coach of the School's National Mock Trial Team. He also sits on the Board of Governors for the law school and serves as a Co-Chair of its Circle of Advocates. He is on the faculty at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy where he teaches trial skills to lawyers in an annual program. He is very involved with the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), where he was recently elected to the Board of Managers and serves on the Association's Finance Committee. Over the years, he has chaired multiple committees of the CBA and served as the director of its Young Lawyers Section. Dan is also involved in the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, where he is a member of the Board of Managers and was previously the Chairman of the Association's Seminar Planning Committee. He is also a member of the prestigious Society of Trial Lawyers where he currently serves as treasurer. Dan was recently appointed to the boards of two charitable organizations. He will serve on the Board of Advisors for Catholic Charities and on the Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Board of Directors.

Dan regularly lectures at various bar association and interest group seminars and has published chapters and articles in legal books, periodicals and newspapers. To date, he has presented at more than fifty legal programs and has been published more than a dozen times.

In addition to being frequently consulted by the media as a legal expert on contemporary legal issues and cases, Dan is regularly interviewed about the lawsuits he has handled as a personal injury lawyer. He has appeared on numerous television and radio news and talk programs, including, Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, WGN TV and Radio, and WBBM News Radio 780.

In 2002, Dan was recognized and profiled by Chicago's Law Bulletin Publishing Company as one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch," and honored by the Lawdragon as one of "500 New Stars, New World," in 2006. He is currently profiled as one of the Top 5% of Civil Trial Lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, has been designated an "Illinois Super Lawyer" and maintains an AV rating - the highest possible rating for any attorney - from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory


Notable Cases and Results:  
Dan has achieved numerous multi-million dollar jury verdicts on behalf of clients. Several of these verdicts have been noteworthy for their amount and legal significance.

  • $29.6 million verdict on behalf of a woman who suffered brain injuries in the derailment of a Metra train. The verdict is the largest in Illinois for an individual injured in a mass transit crash.

  • $9.5 million verdict on behalf of the family of former Chicago Blackhawk hockey player and coach Keith Magnuson who was killed in a Toronto car crash. That verdict is the largest award for a personal injury or wrongful death case in the history of St. Louis County, Missouri.

  • $17.5 million settlement on behalf of the family of a woman who was killed and three others who were injured in the high-rise fire in the Cook County Administration Building. The lawsuit settled on the day of jury selection.

  • $1 million verdict for a Chicago man who was injured in a truck collision outside Kansas City.

  • $2.65 million verdict on behalf of a law professor who was injured when he was struck by a CTA bus while riding his bicycle.

  • $10 million medical negligence verdict, one of the 10 largest medical malpractice verdicts ever handed down in Cook County at that time.

  • Jury verdict against a nursing home -- resulting in a final judgment of nearly $900,000 -- in a case that has become a significant appellate interpretation of the Illinois Nursing Home Act.


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court,Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar


Hourly Rate:  Contingent fee

Retainer:  Not applicable

Date of Birth:  1965

Law School:  Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1991
Law School Honors/Involvement:  cum laude; senior member, Loyola Law Review, 1989 to 1991; National Mock Trial Team, 1991; tutor, legal writing/Moot Court Program, 1989 to 1990

Undergraduate School:  Boston College, B.A., 1988
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  cum laude

Representative Clients:  
Severely injured individuals and their families in personal injury and wrongful death cases.


Employment History:  
Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, Chicago; partner, 2013-present
Corboy & Demetrio, P.C., Chicago; partner, 1995-2013
Lawrence L. Kotin, Ltd., Chicago; associate, 1993-1995
McDermott, Will & Emery, Chicago; associate, 1991-1993


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American Association for Justice, formerly known as Association of Trial Lawyers of America
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
    President, 2016-2017
    Board of Managers, 2009-Present
    Board of Directors of CBA Administrators, Inc., 2008-Present
    Finance Committee, 2007-Present
    Tort Litigation Committee, Legislative Liaison, 2007-Present
    Chicago Bar Foundation Fall Benefit, Steering Committee, 2003
    Investigator, Judicial Evaluation Committee, 2003
    Vice-Chair, Television Committee, 2000-2001
    Director, Young Lawyers Section, 1996-1998
    Executive Council of Young Lawyers Section, 1994-1998
    Planning Committee of Young Lawyers Section, 1995-1998
    Special Project Coordinator, 1995-1996
    Tort Litigation Committee, 1993-1995
    Member of Subcommittee on voir dire procedures, 1994
    House Committee, 1995-1996
    Trial Techniques Committee, 1993 to 2001, Chairman, 1994 to 1995

Chicago - Lincoln Inn of Court, 2010-Present

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Board of Managers, 2001-present
    Board of Advocates, 2000-2001
    Seminar Planning Co-Chair, 2002-2004
    Publications Committee, 1994-1996

Loyola University Chicago School of Law
    Adjunct Faculty, 1998-Present
    Board of Governors, 2008-Present, Secretary 2010-Present
    Circle of Advocates, 2002-Present, Co-Chairman, 2006-Present
    Advisory Board, 2005-Present
    President's Society, 2006-Present
    Dean's Circle, 2005-Present
    Class Representative, 1996-Present

Society of Trial Lawyers
    Secretary, 2010-Present
    Treasurer, 2009-2010
    Board of Directors, 2003-2006

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

National Institute for Trial Advocacy
    Faculty 2000-Present

Public Interest Law Initiative
    Board Member 2010-Present

Women's Bar Association of Illinois


Community Involvement:  
Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Chicago, Board of Advisors, 2009-Present
Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Chicago, North Regional Advisory Board, 2009-Present
Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth, Secretary, 2010-Present, Board of Directors, 2009-Present
Sacred Heart School Board, President, 2010-Present, Secretary, 2008-2010
Kenilworth Winnetka Baseball Association, Coach, 2008-Present
AYSO Soccer, Coach, 2004-Present


Published Legal Writing:  
"Blogojevich Verdict Proves the Legal System Works," Pioneer Press, Kotin's Verdict, September 2010.

"BP's Move a Smart One," Pioneer Press, Kotin's Verdict, July 2010.

"Serving Alcohol to Minors Could Be Costly," Pioneer Press, Kotin's Verdict, May 2010.

"Cell Phone Safety Going Too Far?" Pioneer Press, Kotin's Verdict, April 2010.

"Warning to Toyota Drivers," Pioneer Press, Kotin's Verdict, March 2010.

"Attorney Relives Poppel v. Metra on 1-year Anniversary," Pioneer Press, Kotin's Verdict, February 2010.

"Medical Malpractice Caps Decision Right Thing to Do", Pioneer Press, Kotin's Verdict, February 2010.

"The Fallacies of Opening Statement" Practice Pointers Webcast, Chicago Bar Association Webcast Center, 2009.

"Practice Tips: An Opening Statement in the Estate of Keith Magnuson v. National Car Rental of Canada, et. al.," Trial Journal, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Winter 2009.

"Caps on Damages will Penalize Victims of Medical Malpractice," with Daniel S. Kirschner, Chicago Sun Times, November 2004.

"Illinois Motions In Limine," Contributor, Lane, Scott D. and Lee, Stephanie Hoit, Litigation One Publishing 2004. "The Practical Application of Civil Discovery Rules," Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Education, 2003, revised 2006.

"Special Considerations in a Medical Negligence Case," Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2003, revised 2006.

"Premises Liability: Actions Against Landlord," Chapter 21, Illinois Institute of Continuing Education, Causes of Action, 2002.

"Premises Liability: Actions Against Landowner (Homeowner)," Chapter 19, Illinois Institute of Continuing Education, Causes of Action, 2002.

"Ten Rules for Successful Cross Examination," CBA Record, March, 1996; reprinted as "The Art of Litigation: Ten Tips for Successful Cross Examination" in Cleveland Bar Journal, November, 1997.

Contributor, Stein, Jacob A., Closing Argument, The Art and the Law, Clark, Boardman, Calahan, 1995.


Legal Lectures:  
"The Trial Lawyer: Past, Present & Future," City Lights and All Star Advocates Seminar, Kansas Association for Justice, Missouri, 2010

"Make Your Case: Courtroom Visuals," Admisibility of Courtroom Visuals, Law Bulletin Seminars, 2010

"Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct," CLE in Cancun, Chicago Bar Association, 2010

"Deposition Strategy," Taking and Defending Depositions in State and Federal Court Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, 2009

"Trends in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Law," Moderator, Trial Super Stars Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, 2009

"Jury Selection Law and Technique," Chicago Bar Association, College of Trial Advocacy, 2009

"Deposition Strategy," Taking and Defending Depositions in State and Federal Court Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, 2008

"Taking and Defending Effective Depositions in Illinois," Lorman Education Seminar, 2008

"Managing Depositions," Litigation Skills Seminar, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2008

"Deposition Strategy," Taking and Defending Depositions in State and Federal Court Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, 2007

"Common Carrier Liability," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Handling a Vehicle Crash Seminar, 2007

"Non-Physical Injuries: PTSD, Emotional Distress, Pre-Impact Terror & Related Claims," Florida Trial Practice Seminar XII, Florida, 2007

"Common Carrier Liability," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Update and Review Seminar, 2007

"Taking and Defending Effective Depositions in Illinois," Lorman Education Seminar, 2007

"Effective Depositions - The Building Blocks for an Effective Case at Trial," National Constitution Center, Pennsylvania, 2007

Speaker, Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee, Public Hearing on Proposal 06-02 Regarding Amendment to Supreme Court Rule 216, 2007

"Taking and Defending Depositions in State and Federal Court," Chicago Bar Association, 2006

"Opening Statements: Winning the Case Before Evidence is Heard," BOCA XI Advanced Litigation Tactics and Procedural Seminar, Florida, 2006

"Persuasive Opening Statements: Increasing Your Client's Chance of Success," National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2006

"Taking and Defending Depositions in State and Federal Court," Chicago Bar Association, 2005

"Representing Plaintiffs in Mass Tort and Catastrophic Injury Cases," Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2005

"Getting Your Way: Effective Negotiating Techniques Every Lawyer Should Know," American Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2005

"Career Advancement Through Pro Bono Work," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2005

"How Plaintiff's Lawyers Perceive Insurance Companies," Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Association, 2005

"Liens," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Total Law Trends Seminar, 2005

"Deposing Fact Witnesses," Taking and Defending Effective Depositions in Illinois Seminar, Lorman Education, 2005

"Deposition Strategy", Taking and Defending Depositions in State and Federal Courts Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, 2004

"All Schools Reception," Chicago Bar Association, 2004

"How Plaintiffs Push Verdicts Higher", Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference, California, 2004

"Lawyers Forum", Chicago Daily Law Bulleting Career Day, 2004

"Reducing the Costs of Civil Litigation in Illinois Circuit Courts," Illinois State Bar Association, 2004

"Opening Statements," Anatomy of a Trial Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2004

Moderator and Planning Committee Chairman, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2003

"Opening Statements", Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 38th Annual Trial Institute, 2003

"Successfully Managing Legal and Strategic Challenges," Hands-On Civil Discovery Workshop, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2003

"Settlement: Liens Right of Subrogation, Good Faith Findings and Set-Offs," Getting to Trial Seminar, Illinois State Bar Association, 2003

Moderator and Planning Committee Chairman, Evidence, Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2003

Program Planning Committee Chairman, Overcoming Jury Bias Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2003

"Deposition Strategy," Taking and Defending Depositions in State and Federal Court Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, 2002

Moderator, Avoiding Common Pitfalls Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2002

"Pleadings and Discovery," Product Liability Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2001

"Corporate Counsel," Midwest Product Liability Workshop, American Bar Association, 2000

Instructor, Intensive Advocacy Program, Chicago Bar Association College of Trial Lawyers, 2000

"Trial Considerations: Plaintiff's Perspective," Preparing and Litigating Premises Liability Cases Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, 2000

"Liability to Particular Persons," Product Liability/Premises Liability Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2000

Moderator, Evidence Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Seminar, 1999

"Deposing Defendants in a Personal Injury Case", Chicago Bar Association, 1998

"Proof of Facts: Proving Damages in a Personal Injury Case", Chicago Bar Association, 1998

"Negotiating and Settling Personal Injury Cases - Valuing Your Case, " Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1998

"Proof of Facts: Proving Damages in a Personal Injury Action", Chicago Bar Association, 1997

"Effective Evaluation of a Tort Case: Plaintiff's Perspective," Chicago Bar Association, 1997
Moderator, Trial Superstar Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, 1997

"Proving Damages in a Personal Injury Case," Chicago Bar Association, 1996

"Effective Cross-Examination," Chicago Bar Association, 1995

Moderator, Preparation and Trial of Automobile Cases Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, 1995

"Building Security and Civil Liability," Institute of Real Estate Management, 1994

Moderator, Deposition Strategies and Techniques Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, 1993

Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Midwest Regional Program, 2001-present

Lecturer, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Coach, National Mock Trial Team, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1993-present

Judge, Trial Advocacy Program, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1996-present


Firm Description:  
At Tomasik Kotin Kasserman we are consumed with the privilege of representing those in genuine need of advocacy. The needs of our clients become OUR needs. We are dedicated to bringing justice to those that entrust us with the opportunity to fight for them.

The lawyers at TKK have earned a reputation as courageous advocates committed to effective action that results in justice. As personal injury advocates, we have the investigatory resources needed to support complex litigation. We will build a strong and successful case, act immediately to preserve evidence and thoroughly establish the fault of all responsible parties. In order to ensure you receive full compensation, we strive to fully appreciate, understand and establish the impact the loss has had on your life - physically, emotionally and financially.

We foster close personal relationships with our clients. The devastation inflicted upon those seeking our help is often overwhelming and it is our obligation to maintain meaningful communication and responsive service in a manner that honors the tragedy our clients are enduring.

Although we received many record verdicts and many honors, our greatest satisfaction is helping our clients achieve the justice they deserve. Often, following a successful case, we partner with our clients in an ongoing fight to change policies and procedures in an effort to keep others from having to endure a similar fate.


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