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, 2017 and 2018, 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, 2017 and 2018 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, 2018
  • Rising Star 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • 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 Imperial Crane sales, Inc. in claims against a large multi-million dollar crane manufacturer for breach of warranties in connection with Imperial’s purchase of numerous defective cranes.   Following a five-day hearing, an arbitrator awarded Imperial in excess of $3 million in damages, including attorneys’ fees for being the prevailing party in the matter.  The arbitrator’s award was later confirmed by a federal court judge
  • Won jury verdict in favor of general contractor client Harold O. Schulz Compant, 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, attorney’s fees and costs. The jury also rejected Astor Street’s counterclaims in excess of $6 million. Dan later secured a judgement entitling Schulz to collect its attorneys’ 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 representating a mechanical contractor in connection with an owner’s claim seeking over $300,000 in costs in 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).
  • Represented specialty subcontractor involved in the $1.6 billion state-of-the-art retractable roof stadium for the Atlanta Falcons in connection with change order negotiations, claims preparation and dispute avoidance strategy.
  • Represented a major Chicago teaching hospital in both arbitration and litigation asserting claims against various design professionals and a contractor for design errors and construction defects relating to late design changes to the HVAC system in the midst of construction, failure to adequately design the HVAC system capacity and for defects related to design and construction of the exterior façade systems.  These matters were resolved through two separate mediations resulting in a successful settlement of all claims.
  • Represented owner of a new, 135,000 square-foot National Hockey League team practice facility with two full-size hockey rinks, a large fitness area, pools and locker room, concession and retail spaces in connection with the drafting and negotiation of the owner’s agreements with its architect and general contractor.
  • Represented an owner of a professional baseball team against a nationally-known architectural firm for design errors and omissions relating to the development of a new stadium.  This matter was resolved through mediation.
  • Represented developer in the drafting and negotiation of the developer’s agreements with its architect, general contractor, interior design firm and owner’s representative for a twenty-story high-rise apartment tower with a five-story adjacent parking structure.
  • Represented landlord in a $2.8 million dispute with former tenant of 100,000 plus square-foot commercial office facility in central Illinois arising from the tenant’s failure to maintain the premises in accordance with the parties’ lease.  This matter was resolved through mediation.
  • Represented a bio-medical institute in claims against a general contractor for defects relating to leaks in a massive green roof on a state-of-the-art research facility in northern Virginia.  This matter was resolved through mediation.
  • 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