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Daniel A. Edelman

Debt collection Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   9 reviews

Licensed for 46 years

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Learn Daniel’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Class action
    33%
    We represent consumers, borrowers and debtors in individual and class actions alleging violations of their rights We also represent consumers in defending debt collection actions. Free consultation/ review of cases.

    45 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Debt collection
    33%
    We represent consumers in defending debt collection actions or who have complaints concerning abusive collection practices. We do not represent creditors. Free consultation/ review of cases.

    45 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Consumer protection
    29%
    We represent consumers, borrowers and debtors in individual and class actions alleging violations of their rights We also represent consumers in defending debt collection actions. Free consultation/ review of cases.

    45 years, 4,000 cases

  4. Litigation
    5%
    We represent consumers, borrowers and debtors in individual and class actions alleging violations of their rights We also represent consumers in defending debt collection actions. Free consultation/ review of cases.

    45 years, 100 cases

Daniel A. Edelman is a member  of the firm of Edelman, Combs, Latturner & Goodwin, LLC.  He is a 1976 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.  From 1976 to 1981 he was an associate at the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis.   In 1981 he became an associate at Reuben & Proctor and was made a partner there in 1982.  From the end of 1985 he has been in private practice in downtown Chicago.  Virtually all of his 14-attorney firm’s practice involves litigation on behalf of consumers, including individual and class actions under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and Truth in Lending Act, and debt collection defense.  Mr. Edelman argued for the consumer in Heintz v. Jenkins, 514 U.S. 291 (1995), establishing  FDCPA coverage of attorneys.  

 

Mr. Edelman is the author or coauthor of numerous publications on class actions and consumer protection law, including Predatory Mortgage Lending (Ill. Inst. for Cont. Legal. Educ. 2008), author of Chapter 6, “Predatory Lending and Potential Class Actions,” in Real Estate Litigation (Ill. Inst. For Cont. Legal Educ. 2008), Chapter 4-1, “Truth in Lending Act,” in Illinois Causes of Action (Ill. Inst. For Cont. Legal Educ. 2008), Predatory Lending and Potential Class Actions, ch. 6 of Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Practice (Ill. Inst. For Cont. Legal Educ.2003);  Predatory Lending and Potential Class Actions, ch. 5 of Real Estate Litigation (Ill. Inst. For Cont. Legal Educ.2004); Illinois Consumer Law, in Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and Related Areas Update (Chicago Bar Ass’n 2002); Predatory Lending Litigation in Illinois (2001); Consumer Class Action Manual (2d-5th editions), National Consumer Law Center 1990-2002; Payday Loans:  Big Interest Rates and Little Regulation, 11 Loy.Consumer L.Rptr. 14 (1999); Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Update --  1999, Chicago Bar Ass’n 1999; An Overview of The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, in Financial Services Litigation, Practicing Law Institute (1999); Consumer Fraud and Insurance Claims, in Bad Faith and Extracontractual Damage Claims in Insurance Litigation, Chicago Bar Ass'n 1992; Chapter 8, "Fair Debt Collection Practices Act," Ohio Consumer Law (1995 ed.); Fair Debt Collection:  The Need for Private Enforcement, 7 Loy.Consumer L.Rptr. 89 (1995); The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act:  Recent Developments, 8 Loy.Consumer L. Rptr. 303 (1996); Residential Mortgage Litigation, in Financial Services Litigation, Practicing Law Institute (1996); Automobile Leasing:  Problems and Solutions, 7 Loy.Consumer L.Rptr. 14 (1994); Current Trends in Residential Mortgage Litigation, 12 Rev. of Banking & Financial Services 71 (1996); Applicability of Illinois Consumer Fraud Act in Favor of Out-of-State Consumers, 8 Loy.Consumer L.Rptr. 27 (1996); Illinois Consumer Law (Chicago Bar Ass'n 1996).  He has testified before the Federal Trade Commission and legislative committees on consumer related issues.

 

Mr. Edelman is licensed in Illinois state court and in all federal courts in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan, as well as others.

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Licensed for 46 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1976
Updated 10/11/2022
State IN
Status Temporary Admission Expired
Acquired 2008
Updated 10/12/2022

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Frederick | June 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dan and his firm did an outstanding job for me
I had an upsetting experience with a company that buys credit card debt and then sues to try to collect on it. Apparently some lowlife got hold of my name and social security number, fraudulently opened a credit card in my name in North Carolina, used it to buy a $3,000 refrigerator, and then defaulted on the card. The company then sued me in Illinois to try to collect the debt. I responded with a declaration under penalty of perjury documenting that the account was not mine, and that I had indeed never even set foot in North Carolina. The company never disputed my proof, but still kept the case going for a year, while they were supposedly searching for the person who was actually responsible for the debt. Then they dismissed the case "without prejudice" and sued me AGAIN. Predictably, I ultimately got that case dismissed, this time with prejudice, which barred them from refiling it. Even after having lost twice, the company STILL kept sending me letters - three of them - attempting to collect. And they never reported to the companies that give you a credit score that they had lost both their lawsuits against me and that I was not in fact the deadbeat they claimed I was. I was furious by this point, and hired Dan Edelman's firm, Edelman, Combs, Latturner & Goodwin, LLC, to represent me. I am myself an attorney, and had read a number of federal cases where Edelman Combs had obtained excellent results for clients who had been deceived or defrauded by purported creditors. Edelman Combs succeeded in obtaining an outstanding result in my case, settling it for far more than I had thought possible. I dealt at various times with Dan and four other attorneys at his firm. I highly recommend Dan and his firm.
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Retired Website Designer/Manager
I allowed crooks into my computer who claimed to be cleaning it up. They got my checking account information then transferred over $4,000 out via zelle, This firm allowed me to hire them pro bono -- paying them NO fees directly myself. Giving them much specific information and patiently waiting seven months, they finally got the ENTIRE AMOUNT of money taken out of my checking account back to me!
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Posted by Kevin | December 26, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great advise
I want to take the time out to say ,that your staff done a excellent job in offering me advise on a 14 yr old debt, that I was a co signer for. Explained to him situation,and that I'm disabled. He explained to me the statue of limitation. I highly recommend him for advise and for hiring ,he works for the consumer in protecting them from debt collection .
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Posted by Steven | August 25, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
How to handle a summons from a creditor when permanently disabled
Danial A. Edelman replied astoundingly quick and recommended a well thought out plan of action for me as what my best course to follow would be as I (disabled) represent myself concerning a court summons from a creditor. I’ll follow up with his advice and let y’all know the outcome. Thank you Danial. Respectfully, Steve, DC, MHA, MBA
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Posted by Jim | May 17, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
Atty Edelman gave me pertinent advice. He obviously took the time to read and understand my situation.
Posted by James | August 11, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helped me realize that I was about to be scammed
Mr. Edelman, took the time out of his busy schedule to engage in an email chat with me regarding phone calls and emails I was receiving from predatory a "collection agency". He took the time to review each piece of evidence I presented and offered his expert advice. Thanks to his education on the matter, I was saved from losing any money. Thank you again, Mr. Edelman for your advice.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
star only review
Reviewed my documents with no charge...hiring him will depend on if they feel I have a case..
Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
good
He explain the e-mail i received was and fraudulent and scam matter and to not send any money to any fraudulent and scam people.
Posted by Anna | December 11, 2012
Him and his firm are caring and trustworthy
Handled a bad car loan with a questionable finance company for us and some payday loans with high interest rates for us and his firm was wonderful to deal with, got the loan removed from our credit and a nice settlement too. Respectful and good lawyer.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Edelman, Combs, Latturner & Goodwin, LLC
  • 1985 - Present
  • Partner
  • Reuben & Proctor
  • 1982 - 1985
  • Associate
  • Reuben & Proctor
  • 1981 - 1982
  • Associate
  • Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis
  • 1976 - 1981
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Education

  • University of Chicago Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Legal Cases

  • Barnes v. Fleet National Bank, N.A.
  • Won appeal, settled for $12.5 million to the class

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • member
  • N/A
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • member
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Associatioon
  • member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017

Publications

  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Collection Defense
  • 2008
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Representing Consumers in Litigation with Debt Buyers
  • 2008
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Predatory Mortgage Lending
  • 2008
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Chapter 6, “Predatory Lending and Potential Class Actions,” in Real Estate Litigation
  • 2008
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Chapter 4-1, “Truth in Lending Act,” in Illinois Causes of Action
  • 2008
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Predatory Lending and Potential Class Actions, Chp. 5 of Real Estate Litigation
  • 2004
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Predatory Lending and Potential Class Action Chp. 6 of Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Practice
  • 2003
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Consumer Law, in Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and Related Areas Update
  • 2002
  • Practicing Law Institute
  • An Overview of The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, in Financial Services Litigation
  • 1999
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Consumer Law
  • 1996
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • D. Edelman and M. A. Weinberg, Attorney Liability Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • 1996
  • Ohio Consumer Law
  • Chapter 8, "Fair Debt Collection Practices Act"
  • 1995
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Consumer Fraud and Insurance Claims, in Bad Faith and Extracontractual Damage Claims in Insurance Litigation
  • 1992
  • Consumer Class Action Manual (2d-4th editions, National Consumer Law Center
  • Rosmarin & Edelman
  • 1990
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (7)
Consumer protection Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Daniel Edelman is a zealous advocate and a great contributor to the consumer protection community. I endorse this lawyer."
Debt collection Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Edelman is a very knowledgeable attorney who contributes regularly to Avvo."
Consumer protection Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Mr. Edelman is well respected and well known in the legal community. I used to oppose him when I defended debt collectors (for close to 20 years) and always saw him as a worthy opponent and an honorable attorney. He knows what he's talking about and he truly looks out for the "little guy". I would be more than happy to refer my friends to him for legal advice for Mr. Edelman to file suit for my friends."
Debt collection Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I confidently endorse this lawyer’s work and standing in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Edelman are consistently accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Edelman demonstrates an excellent knowledge of the law and compassion to help people in need. He has earned respect from his colleagues in the legal industry. I fully endorse him."
Debt collection Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Edelman and his firm have a long history of defending debtors against abusive collectors and they have made freely available on the internet some of their best papers on the statutes and case law that trip up collectors when they go too far."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Class action Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Class action Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the best in the business. The go to guy for consumer litigation."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As I write this, I am shocked that Attorney Edelman only has a 9.9 rating on AVVO. If there is a better consumer attorney out there, I haven't met him. Dan is the go to attorney for FCRA claims and other consumer law issues. A perfect 10.0 in my book. If you need a consumer attorney and you reside in Dan's locale, hire him immediately."
Class action Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dan is possibly the most feared class action lawyer on consumer matters in the US. He and his firm has stopped untold number abuses by big corporations and mortgage companies."
Debt collection Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan is a nationally respected consumer rights lawyer, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of litigation, debt collection and consumer law. I highly recommend him."
Class action Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Edelam is a highly respected consumer advocate on a national level. His experience and expertise in consumer law. Our offices have work together for many years and with great results."
Unknown Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Dan Edelman, a fellow NACA attorney. Dan is one of those lawyers who forgot more about law than I ever knew, yet he has always been patient and generous sharing his knowledge with me. His clients are very lucky to have him as their lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Edelman is a leader in consumer law. Very bright and creative."
Class action Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with this attorney on several cases and have always found him and his firm associates to be highly knowledgeable and extraodinarily competent in all Consumer Law matters. I highly endorse this lawyer's work."
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Chicago Debt collection Lawyer Daniel A. Edelman
Daniel A. Edelman
Debt collection Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 46 years
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