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Mark William Daniel

Land use and zoning Attorney at Oakbrook Terrace, IL

4.2   5 reviews
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  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 29 years
    Ohio - OH 29 years
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1995
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1994
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Land use and zoning
    Local and county zoning and land development; federal land use; state, county and regional land use; related federal and state litigation and administrative appeals. Subject matter ranges from single family concerns up to billion dollar developments, including alternative energy projects.

    29 years, 300 cases

  2. Litigation
    Commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, tort litigation, crime victims' recovery and related appeals in the federal and state courts. Heavy practice in the area of special remedies (legal and equitable).

    29 years, 150 cases

  3. Government
    Local government representation (lead and special counsel) and representation of private persons in state, county and local government dealings.

    29 years, 200 cases

  4. Intellectual property
    Non-patent intellectual property (trademark, copyright, Lanham Act, advertising, right of publicity and right of privacy prosecution and litigation.

    29 years, 100 cases

  5. Civil rights

    24 years, 20 cases

Mark primarily devotes his practice to prosecuting and defending civil litigation, municipal and government litigation, zoning and land use litigation as well as trademark, copyright and advertising litigation. He has extensive experience in local and regional government matters, serving as special counsel and general counsel to local governments and representing parties with interests in governmental affairs. Mark also handles land development matters on projects from single lot developments to developments that approach one billion dollars in value. He has personally argued cases at every level of the Illinois judicial system and practices in federal court in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana. He has presented legislative, administrative and quasi-judicial applications and petitions to dozens of local governmental agencies.

Mark presently serves as counsel to developers and owners of land used or intended to be developed for all purposes ranging from residential to shopping centers to industrial uses. Mark has tried cases before judges and juries. He handles cases involving legal, administrative, quasi-criminal and special or chancery remedies or a combination of all of these.

In 2007, Mark was selected as a one of Illinois’ Super Lawyers (fields of litigation, real estate and zoning and land use) by Illinois Law & Politics Magazine and by Chicago Magazine for his high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement - an honor received by only 5% of Illinois attorneys. Mark is listed in various collections of attorneys and business leaders as being well-respected in the field by attorneys and non-attorneys alike. He has earned a Peer Review Rating of BV for professional excellence from Martindale-Hubbell in recognition of his high level of legal skills, ethical standards and integrity.

Importantly, Mark recognizes the important role an attorney plays not only for the client, but also in a process that is often public. He has enjoyed serving as one of the components of critical decision-making processes throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and in geographic areas extending well west of Chicago, north to the Wisconsin state line and south to Springfield and Champaign-Urbana. He has also participated in efforts to enact new laws and amend existing laws on the state and local level.

Mark has practiced at all levels of the Illinois trial and appellate courts, including the Illinois Supreme Court, and in United States federal courts in several states. He is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and for the Southern District of Ohio. Mark is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the National Crime Victims Bar Association. He has received recognition for service on land development efforts in northeastern Illinois.

Mark is also a frequent volunteer and he has served as an active board member for the American Cancer Society (DuPage County branch) and three girl scout councils, including the largest in the nation—the Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Girl Scout Council. In 1995 and 1996, he was a special appointee who helped develop the Cincinnati Bar Association’s recommendations of amendments to the rules governing attorney professionalism to the Ohio Supreme Court. Mark prides himself on community involvement and is a frequent contributor to charitable organizations.

Mark earned his Bachelor of Science in Applied Life Studies in 1990 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After a period pursuing a Masters degree in sports administration and working for the Illinois Governor’s Council on Health and Physical Fitness, he earned his Juris Doctor in 1994 (magna cum laude) from the John Marshall Law School. During this time, he had the privilege of serving as one of the associate editors of the law review and a specially-recognized member of the moot court. He also gained significant knowledge and understanding of the law and practice from now-retired Illinois Supreme Court Justice S. Louis Rathje and he will carry Louis’ example that a warm and respectful personality goes quite far in a profession through retirement.

Between 1994 and 1996, Mark was an associate at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP (Cincinnati). He broadened his practice between 1996 and 2009 as an associate and member at Rathje & Woodward, LLC (Wheaton). In December 2009, Mark opened DANIEL LAW OFFICE, P.C. He hopes to continue his growth and the growth of the Firm as a valuable cog in the metropolitan area for decades to come.


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Daniel Law Office PC
17W733 Butterfield Road
Unit F
Oakbrook Terrace, IL, 60181
136 West Vallette Street
Suite 3
Elmhurst, IL, 60126
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Posted by Camilla | May 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Among the best in the business
Mark is the finest attorney I've ever worked with. Sharp as they come. Quick command of an issue. Excellent writer. And altruistic to boot (unusual for an attorney, unfortunately). Instead of paying for big firm overhead, you pay only for his good work. I only wish he were able to practice in other states.
Posted by Marisa | March 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top notch
Mark knows his law like no other and gives undivided attention to his clients. Mark is professional, courteous and comes highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2015
Helped us get greatly
Mark Daniel helped us through a tough time. We appreciated his honesty. He was very caring and helped us understand each step through this process. We have such respect for his integrity and thank him for all of his hard work. Excellent staff too!
Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2015
Super lawyer
Mark Daniel is extremely knowledgeable and knows how to deal with people. He gets his job done with skill and confidence. Thank you for all your amazing work!! We will recommend you to anyone that needs your expertise!
Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2013
Perfect example of poor client service
Treated me disrespectfully during whole process. Not very responsive. Quite arrogant. Stay away.
Response from Mark Daniel November 25, 2014
This office treats all clients respectfully and it is entirely responsive to client needs. Typically, the first report to a client about the prospects of a claim or success is on target. Occasionally, the news in this regard can be negative and not what the client wishes to hear. Additionally, as with all attorneys, the decision to handle a matter even when there is a likelihood of success is one that involves an assessment of economics and practicality. Inasmuch as this rating on Avvo is not informative as to its source, there is little that can be said otherwise. The post in contrary to the history and high standing of the attorneys that have worked in this office.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 285-325 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-40%
  • Retainer Always


AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney/Member
  • Rathje & Woodward, LLC
  • 1996 - 2009
  • Associate Attorney
  • Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
  • 1994 - 1996


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1990


  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member/Committee Appointee
  • 1994 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar, Local Government Committee
  • Chair
  • 2009 - 2010
  • National Crime Victims Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Member/Ethics Committee Appointee
  • 1994 - 1997
  • International Trademark Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - 1997
  • International Trademark Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - 1997
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2007

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Oakbrook Terrace Land use and zoning Lawyer Mark William Daniel
Mark William Daniel
Land use and zoning Attorney
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Licensed for 29 years
Virtual consultation available