Daniel A. Goldfaden

Daniel A. Goldfaden

Associate

Daniel A. Goldfaden was hired as an associate attorney at Levin & Perconti in June 2014. Prior to his hiring, Daniel worked at a plaintiff’s class action litigation firm following his admission into the Illinois Bar on October 2013. In September 2019, Daniel was named to the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s list of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” for 2019. To view Daniel’s profile, click here.

Daniel focuses his practice on nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, catastrophic personal injury, and wrongful death matters. Daniel chose a career in personal injury law because he wanted to able to help people who were going through difficult periods of their lives. “I love interacting with my clients,” said Daniel. “No other area of the law allows for more face time with clients. I also like that my practice allows me advocate on behalf of and stand up for the average Joe against some very powerful entities. I look forward to coming to work because I know there will be a new challenge to overcome every day.”

In addition to his casework, Daniel is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Decalogue Society.

Daniel graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2013. As a law student, he received the CALI Award for Future Excellence in Income Taxation and was named to the Dean’s List. He participated in the Student Legal Relief program and served as an Editor of the Elder Law Journal. Daniel earned his 711 license and gained valuable litigation experience volunteering for the University of Illinois Civil Litigation Clinic, and also served as adjunct professor in legal research and writing for international LLM students. In addition to his coursework, Daniel completed an externship for the Honorable Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

Daniel grew up in Detroit and attended the University of Michigan where he graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics and Statistics. He now resides in Chicago. Outside of the office, Daniel enjoys reading historical biographies, attempting to cook, exploring different Chicago neighborhoods, and traveling.

Some of Daniel’s most notable achievements include:

$7M

settlement against a hospital and two radiologists for failing to diagnosing breast cancer after they did not identify abnormalities on two mammograms. As a result, the cancer went undetected, progressed, and resulted in the premature death of a 64-year-old woman.

$6.2M

trial verdict for a 61-year-old man left permanently disabled following a procedure at the Hines Veterans Administration Medical Center

$4.3M

settlement against a hospital and several physicians for failing to perform a stat echocardiogram on a 38-year-old woman after it was ordered by her attending physician, which resulted in her death.

$4.1M

jury verdict on behalf of an 85-year-old woman injured in a nursing home when her medications were mismanaged.

$3.5M

birth injury settlement, which resulted in seizures, acute respiratory failure, ventilator dependence, placement of a tracheostomy tube, placement of a gastrostomy tube, and multiple infections and eventually led to death.

$2M

settlement on behalf of a client who went blind after his glaucoma went undiagnosed by his optometrists.

$1.75M

settlement against a sheltered care facility for the choking death of a 67 year old developmentally disabled man.

$1.7M

settlement in construction case for client who suffered a significant, life-altering back injury after his bulldozer traversed cement boulders.

$1.6M

settlement on behalf of a woman whose vehicle was hit by another vehicle. The woman suffered a left mid-shaft femur fracture, a right tibial plateau fracture, and tears of her left and right meniscus and was permanently unable to work as a result of her injuries.

$975K

settlement on behalf of the estate of a nursing home resident who hung himself after being left unattended for an extended period of time despite previous suicide threats and suspicious behaviors.

$950K

settlement for a nursing home resident who developed a pressure sore.

$885K

settlement in a failure to report lab test results case, which resulted in an untreated infection and death.

$825K

settlement against an independent living facility for failing to properly inspect, maintain, and repair a closet door on its premises. As a result, the closet door fell on top of a 96-year-old woman and caused a hip fracture.

$800K

settlement on behalf of a 56-year-old woman suffering from MS whose nursing home perforated her stomach while re-inserting her feeding tube and then failed to confirm proper placement of the tube in her stomach before resuming her feedings. The woman died as a result of acute peritonitis and sepsis. Daniel was responsible for the depositions of several Defendant witnesses that contributed to the early resolution of this tragic case.

$800K

settlement for a nursing home resident who developed a pressure sore, which became infected, led to sepsis, and death.

$750K

settlement for a nursing home resident who was dropped during a transfer.

$600K

settlement on behalf of a sexual assault victim against a hospital as a result of its failure to terminate its employee who was previously alleged to have committed similar acts against another patient.

Education

J.D., University of Illinois, College of Law, 2013

B.A. in Economics, University of Michigan, 2010

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Illinois, 2013
  • Northern District of Illinois, 2018

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association
    Member
  • Decalogue Society
    Member
  • University of Illinois, Chicago Program
    Advisory Board

Awards & Honors

  • Emerging Lawyer – Personal Injury PlaintiffLeading Lawyers, 2021
  • Trial Excellence Award
    Highest reported Illinois Nursing Home Care Act verdict, Jury Verdict Reporter, 2019
  • Trial Lawyer Excellence Award
    Jury Verdict Reporter Awards Ceremony, 2019
  • Top “40 Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” in Illinois by Chicago Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2019
  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2018 -2022

Professional Presentations & Publications

  • Admissibility of Evidence in Nursing Home Litigation: Proving or Challenging Authentication, Relevance and Hearsay, Strafford Publications, Inc., October, 2018.
  • Preparing a Nursing Home Case for Trial, National Academy for Continued Legal Education, September, 2018.
  • Fundamentals of Legal Practice, The University of Illinois College of Law, February, 2017.
  • Lawyers in the Classroom, Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, 2014-2015.

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