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Daniel Fahner Joins Chicago Office of Edwards Wildman as a Litigation Partner

January 6, 2014
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is pleased to announce that Daniel T. Fahner has joined the firm’s office in Chicago as a partner in its Litigation Department. Fahner focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, corporate internal investigations and compliance, and matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

A veteran of the US Department of Justice, Fahner has a broad range of experience in all phases of litigation and has represented clients in a variety of venues, including state and federal courts, government and regulatory agencies, and arbitrations and mediations. He also has substantial regulatory experience in the areas of immigration and disability rights. In addition, Fahner has litigated in the areas of employment, contract, products liability, bankruptcy and intellectual property, among others.

“For over 40 years, our Chicago lawyers have tried high-stakes cases around the country. During the past two years, as a result of our expanded worldwide platform, the demand for our litigators has led to a steady stream of litigation and investigations and has taken our ‘bet-the-company’ experience into courtrooms and boardrooms on three continents. With his background in private practice and his excellent track record at the Department of Justice, Dan enhances our bench in both civil and criminal cases,” said John Roberts, the partner-in-charge of Edwards Wildman’s Chicago office. “Dan has proven himself in both the public and private sectors and brings experience and relationships in a range of industries. His arrival in Chicago comes as we are expanding our global capabilities in private equity, venture capital, and intellectual property for our clients here in Chicago and around the world.”

From 2007 – 2009, Fahner served in the US Department of Justice. As counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division, he supervised the enforcement of federal antidiscrimination statues, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, and a wide variety of employment and immigration laws. As senior counsel for the Office of Legal Policy, Fahner analyzed complex legal and regulatory issues and coordinated several policy initiatives. In both capacities, he regularly worked with the White House, other executive branch agencies, and Congress on regulatory and legislative issues. From 2005 to 2007, Fahner served at the US Department of Homeland Security as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Before joining the government, Fahner practiced in Greenberg Traurig’s Chicago office, to which he returned before joining Edwards Wildman.

Fahner is a barrister of the Chicago Chapter of the American Inns of Court and a member of the Federal and Illinois State Bar Associations. He earned his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He is a member of the bars of Illinois and the District of Columbia.
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