Daniel J. Brenner


Direct: 312.445.8789

Cell: 847.278.8284

Fax: 312.281.9010


University of Illinois College of Law J.D., 2008,
Summa cum laude
Order of the Coif

University of Texas B.A., 2005,
Magna cum laude
Highest Honors
Phi Beta Kappa

Mr. Brenner concentrates his practice on construction and real estate disputes. He represents and counsels owners, developers, condominium associations, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, homeowners, tenants, and landlords in both litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Dan has experience in matters involving breaches of contract, mechanics liens, construction defects, design deficiencies, property damage, and delays, among others. Dan also counsels and advises clients on effective strategy for project execution and completion and assists clients in contract drafting, negotiation, and enforcement.

Mr. Brenner was selected as one of Illinois’ “Rising Stars” for construction litigation in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, based on a peer survey conducted by Super Lawyers publication, a designation reserved for the top 2.5% of all Illinois attorneys under 40. He was also named an “Illinois Outstanding Young Lawyer” in 2014 by Chicago Magazine.  

In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Dan was recognized as an “Emerging Lawyer” by Leading Lawyers. Emerging Lawyers are those who are age 40 or under or have been practicing law for 10 years or less and have proven themselves professional, ethical and experienced at an early point in their legal career. The distinction of being an “Emerging Lawyer” has been earned by fewer than 2% of all lawyers licensed to practice in Illinois.

In 2016, Dan was recognized as an “Expert Network Distinguished Professional” by the Expert Network, an invitation only service for distinguished professionals.



In his free time, Dan loves being outdoors and spending time with his wife Robyn and sons, Liam & Owen. Dan especially enjoys boating, hiking, camping, grilling and hopes to one day open Laurie & Brennan’s satellite office in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

  • Emerging Lawyer 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Rising Star 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Illinois Outstanding Young Lawyer 2014 – Chicago Magazine
  • Expert Network Distinguished Professional 2016
  • Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS), Board President
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on Construction Law
    • Section of Public Contract Law
  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Construction Law and Mechanics Lien Subcommittee
  • Represented hospital in multi-million dollar litigation involving design errors and omissions and construction defects affecting the mechanical system, exterior façade and roof of the client’s new patient tower. The matter resulted in a successful settlement of all claims.
  • Won jury verdict in favor of general contractor client Harold O. Schulz Company, Inc. and against defendant, Astor Street, LLC.  After hearing over five weeks of evidence, the jury found in favor of Schulz and awarded Schulz every dollar it requested in the amount of $971,858.33, exclusive of accruing interest, attorneys’ fees and costs.  The jury also rejected Astor Street’s claims in excess of $6 million. He later secured a judgment entitling Schulz to collect its attorneys’ fees and costs from Astor Street after obtaining an order from the Court finding that Astor Street withheld payment due and owing to Schulz “without just cause or right” in violation of Section 17 of the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act.
  • Won jury trial representing a mechanical contractor in connection with an owner’s claim seeking over $300,000 in costs and lost profits as a result of alleged delayed and unfinished work. The jury entered a complete verdict in the mechanical contractor’s favor. After trial, the trial judge awarded our client all of its attorneys’ fees. Subsequently won the appeal filed by owner as the appellate court affirmed the jury verdict and the trial court’s attorneys’ fees award. Subhash Saluja v. Midwesco Services, Inc., No. 1-11-3750, 2013 WL 209307 (1st Dist. January 17, 2013).
  • Contributing author, The Annotated Construction Law Glossary, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry (2010)
  • Co-author, Dubai: Changing the Face of Arbitration in the Middle East?, Jams Global Construction Solutions Newsletter Volume 2, No. 2 (Summer 2009)
  • Author, The Firearm Owners’ Protection Act and the Restoration of Felons’ Rights to Possess Firearms: Congressional Intent Versus Notice, 2008 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1045

Construction Law Corner

  • Overcoming Failure to Strictly Comply with Contractual Notice Provisions (Summer 2015)
  • California Court Expands Architects’ Liability To Future Homeowners (Fall 2014)
  • Throwing Out The Baby With The Bathwater: Voiding The 1995 Illinois Civil Justice Reform Amendments (Fall 2010)
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin