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Daniel A. Goldfaden

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Phone: 312-332-2872
Fax: 312-332-3112

325 N LaSalle Dr Suite 300
Chicago, Illinois 60654

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:

  • $8.1 million jury verdict on behalf of a 63-year-old woman whose lung cancer went undiagnosed and untreated after clearly being identifiable on a chest x-ray.
  • $7.0 million 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.
  • $6.2 million trial verdict for a 61-year-old man left permanently disabled following a procedure at the Hines Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • $4.3 million 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.
  • $4.1 million jury verdict on behalf of an 85-year-old woman injured in a nursing home when her medications were mismanaged.
  • $3.5 million 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.
  • $2.0 million settlement on behalf of a client who went blind after his glaucoma went undiagnosed by his optometrists.
  • $1.75 million settlement against a sheltered care facility for the choking death of a 67 year old developmentally disabled man.
  • $1.7 million settlement in construction case for client who suffered a significant, life-altering back injury after his bulldozer traversed cement boulders.
  • $1.6 million 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.
  • $975,000 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.
  • $950,000 settlement for a nursing home resident who developed a pressure sore.
  • $885,000 settlement in a failure to report lab test results case, which resulted in an untreated infection and death.
  • $825,000 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.
  • $800,000 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.
  • $800,000 settlement for a nursing home resident who developed a pressure sore, which became infected, led to sepsis, and death.
  • $750,000 settlement for a nursing home resident who was dropped during a transfer.
  • $600,000 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.

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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

Decalogue Society

University of Illinois, Chicago Program
Advisory Board

Awards and Honors
  • Emerging Lawyer - Personal Injury Plaintiff, Leading 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
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.

Margaret, Daisy and Bryan. This magnificent cohesive team led by Margaret represented us for my mom's nursing home wrongful death case. They were most patient and responded timely to many questions throughout the entire process. All demonstrated professionalism and extensive knowledge of case and state laws. Their in-depth investigative work uncovered details which were unknown to us and yet sadly confirmed our suspicions. We would recommend the Levin and Perconti Law firm and especially this team. Kathy and Ron
Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Peconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. My family and I will always be grateful for the compassion that they showed us. I want to thank you for what you did for my family, and for always being there for us. W.R., Medical Malpractice Client
Our deepest appreciation to the law firm of Levin & Perconti, and in particular to Margaret Battersby Black, in the handling of the lawsuit we field n behalf of our sister who sustained life-threatening injuries as a nursing home resident. Margaret’s representation, guidance, and professionalism gave us the sense that we could put our trust in Levin & Perconti and the final outcome proved that to be true. D.G., Nursing Home Client
I want to send my heartfelt thanks to John Perconti and the Levin & Perconti staff in taking our case. Not only were they so professional but also so caring and thoughtful. It was very difficult going over the facts in our mother's case but they were so compassionate and understanding and allowed us to be with them every step of the way. We were able to sit in on the depositions and we were really able to see how hard they worked on our behalf. M.R.Z., nursing home client
Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti, and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Perconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. W.R., medical malpractice client