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Daniel G. Galivan

Criminal defense Attorney at Clarendon Hills, IL

4.1   14 reviews

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About Daniel

Learn Daniel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Felonies and misdemeanors other than DUI.

    23 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    DUI related, including summary suspension.

    23 years

  3. Personal injury

    23 years

State IL
Status Not Authorized To Practice Law Due To Discipline
Acquired 1989
Updated 01/06/2023

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019. See details

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Law Offices of Daniel Galivan
115 W. 55th Street
Suite 400
Clarendon Hills, IL, 60514-6395


4.1 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Defense Lawyer
My Story is a little interesting. I went with a then gf who was filing a restraining order on their ex. Daniel did such a good job on behalf of the other side, that even though we lost I was impressed at how easily he caught details and had the whole case dismissed. A year later that gf became my ex and tried to take me too, but this time on worse made up child abuse charges. I thought of the amazing job he did back then and he got the entire report dismissed before it even went to court. He is one amazing lawyer. If you are ever in trouble HE is the one to go to. He listens to everything and he takes his time out to reply back to you.
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
domestic violence
My neighbor referred me to Dan, mostly because he is known to help out other neighbors in need even though he is a busy family man and very involved in his kid's lives. My very large (200+lbs/six feet-tall) cousin belted his wife (half his weight and shorter) of 10 years while they were driving. She had too much to drink and became violent, grabbed the steering wheel and broke off the rear view mirror. Her black eye resulted in my cousin getting hit with a domestic violence felony charge and stay away order. We consulted and hired Dan. Though my cousin is sweet-tempered (and by his wife's own admission, "never took a hand to her") he faced felony charges/jail time/potentially losing a job he loves and thousands of dollars in fines. We learned that in the state of Illinois, the district attorney files their own, separate charge in DV issues. At a bench trial, in which the right to a jury trial is waived, one judge would make a judgement call about this he said/she said case. She was a blonde waving pics of a black eye and my cousin looks like, well, an axe murderer. Dan summoned the police officers, reviewed reports and researched Supreme Court findings. He found disparities in her testimony and went for a not-guilty verdict, even though an inexperienced, young female DA was out for blood and raised numerous objections that were ridiculous and tried everyone's patience. Still. It was the sort of case in which anything could happen. But Dan's experience and demeanor tipped the scales in my cousin's favor. Dan asked the right questions in a non-intimidating manner and the victim confessed to starting the fight, throwing the first blow and being so inebriated that anything she said was suspect. I was at the edge of my seat through the trial and my cousin was throwing up in the bathroom an hour before. But Dan was calm, professional and most importantly, he went after that not-guilty verdict with a superior line of questioning that let the truth of the matter become obvious. Like my neighbors, I would recommend him without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2014
Great Attorney, made the whole process easier
Dan Galivan was referred to me as an excellent and fair attorney. He was always very responsive and made time for me and any questions I had. Very knowledgeable on the process and explaining to me what to expect, good and the possible bad. I was happy with the ultimate outcome.
Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2014
Knowledgeable and Savvy Attorney
Daniel handled a case for my son, and the whole time he reassured my son and I we had nothing to worry about. Our case was a joke and eventually was dismissed. His overall demeanor and professionalism was exactly what we needed in our time of need.
Posted by Chad N. | January 27, 2014
Dan is on my speed-dial for a reason!
Dan made me feel at ease over my case. The first time I had a consultation, he agreed to meet me at his office after hours as I couldn't get out of work early enough. He listened to my side and clearly explained to me what to expect regarding my case, how he planned on approaching it and also provided me with regular updates. It truly is great to have someone passionate about their work on your side. Even after my case was dropped, he also helped me expunge my arrest record as well. I highly recommend Dan for his professionalism and love for his work.
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2011
Very Knowledgeable
Mr. Galivan is an excellent, honest lawyer. He was always accessible to answer any questions that I had throughout the process and always kept me informed. He handled several different matters for me that demonstrated his broad knowledge of different areas of the law.
Posted by Jim | February 11, 2011
Traffic Violation
Mr Galivan was recommended to me by a trusted friend. He has gone out of his way to assist me and my family while I was in the hospital due to an automobile accident and unable to communicate. My case has been going on for some time only because he is not satisfied with the lack of information and missing police reports from the accident. He has been very helpful keeping me informed and advising me of my options and their consequences. I am confident I will have had every opportunity provided to me by him enabling us to possibly win my case.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2011
Above and Beyond
I can't Thank Dan enough for everything he has done to help me. With hardly any notice, he was by my side in court(in McHenry) and was prepared and able to successfully defend me. I am forever grateful for the time and trouble that he saved me with his over-the-top service.
Posted by Brooke | February 8, 2011
Truthful, trustworthy, and timely
I have used Daniel Galivan for legal advice as well as traffic violations and a contract dispute. I have also recommended him to numerous people that has had a legal issue and they have felt that he had their best interest at hand. He has also helped my family with other violations and has proved very effective. I highly recommend his legal services to anyone who is seeking a lawyer.
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Posted by Dan | February 8, 2011
Mr. Galivan was by far the best lawyer I have ever had to deal with. From promptly returning my calls, to filling me in on my case status. I was charged with a DUI for not taking the breathalizer, and he clearly explained to me my options. When all was said and done the case was dismissed, and I had my license back in no time. I highly recommend Mr. Dan Galivan.
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2011
Satisfied client
Dan was very helpful in explaining my situation, options and then represented me well to dispose of my legal issues.
Posted by Scott K | July 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Unreliable
I was referred to Dan by a friend. Dan and I talked about my case and agreed to a contract. Dan accepted a $2500 retainer and said that he would start my case. 3 years, 130 emails and text messages later expressing his remorse for not being able to work on my case and then when asked to send my files to another attorney so I could move on, he send 5 of the 50 pages provided to him. Lost my retainer and all documents provide. Forced to start over with a new attorney. Highly unreliable. If he writes a response saying that I wasn't a client or some other BS he is lying.
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Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2013
"Worst Attorney you could ever hire"
Originally called him because of a recommendation from someone that said he would handle our case inexpensively with payments and we were looking for an attorney for a civil case also , we had an ongoing criminal case and he wanted to hear about that instead said he would do it for a certain fee and then each phone conversation he upped the price!! He Never followed through with anything involving the civil case after he found out he would not make much money with that apparently, so he kept talking about the criminal and wanted to do the criminal because he knew there would be more money involved, he never sent out any letters keeping us informed to what was going on with the case. If you called him during the day you could never get a hold of him he would return calls at 10 o'clock at night, he didn't show up for court one day because his car broke down an then he was late another Court date by two hours!! Totally unprofessional, look elsewhere for a more reliable on the ball Attorney!! One that doesn't quote you a price and then up it at each conversation!! We actually had to fire him what a waste of our money! Warning he does not carry the insurance more reputable Attorneys carry either. We had to hire a new reputable insured Attorney one that is doing a better job!
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Response from Daniel Galivan June 13, 2014
This review is not from a client of mine.
Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2012
Not Happy with services at all!
I had a Order of protection case that I had Dan taking care of. At first I felt comfortable with Dan, but as the case moved forward, I felt less and less happy with him. The only regret I have at this point is ever hiring him in the first place. I would never recommend him to anyone!!!
Response from Daniel Galivan January 29, 2013
This post is from a client who already the Emergency Order of Protection (EOP) entered against him when he retained me. As is always my practice, the objectives of the representation were clearly established at the initial consultation. They were: Defend or vacate the EOP, protect the client from entry of a Plenary Order of Protection, secure access to the Petitioner's home to retrieve all of his personal belongings, secure the release of the client's rifle and FOID Card that were seized by the police, and avoid or defend any separate claims for back rent by the Petitioner. Every single objective, without exception, was achieved. We ultimately signed an Agreed Order disposing of the case by way of a Civil No-Contact Order that would not be entered against his record. The EOP was vacated, no Plenary Order was entered, I secured his repeated acess to the home (well beyond the limited period prescribed in the statute), all of his personal property was retrieved, as were the gun and FOID card, and he paid nothing to Petitioner on her separate claims for back rent. As I believe input from all clients is important, and in keeping with my efforts to always meet client expectations, I emailed a request to find out why he was dissatisfied with my services. No reply was ever received.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019.

Suspension for a time certain/ Court order required issued in IL, 2019
updated on 03/10/2020

This type of suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. Once the suspension expires, the attorney must show the Court that he or she has reformed and should be allowed to return to the practice of law.

Work Experience

  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1989 - 2000


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989


  • Chicago Bar Association
  • 1989 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer as having both the skills and compassion."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer. Dan is an excellent trial lawyer. His background as a prosecutor and big-firm lawyer has sharpened his skills as a negotiator and courtroom lawyer. Dan will earn your trust in him with his unwavering commitment to excellence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Galivan is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dan Galivan is an outstanding attorney who fights for the rights of his clients. He is a highly experienced trial attorney who knows the law."
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