Daniel A. Goldfaden

Top rated Medical Malpractice attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Levin & Perconti
Daniel A. Goldfaden
Levin & Perconti

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Health Care; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 2013

Education: University of Illinois College of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2024

Levin & Perconti

325 North Lasalle Street
Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60654 Visit website


A partner attorney at the law firm Levin & Perconti, Daniel A. Goldfaden is a known name in the state of Illinois. Working from the firm’s primary office in Illinois, he extends his legal assistance to individuals statewide and across the nation as well and helps them with their legal issues requiring sound knowledge and experience in personal injury law.

Mr. Goldfaden’s legal practice is exclusively focused on personal injury law, a choice taken by him purely out of passion and his desire to make a positive impact in injured people’s lives by helping them obtain compensation for all the suffering, both mental and physical, that they had to endure. He has been advocating for people and protecting their rights for the past 10 years and has handled all types of cases, from nursing home abuse to medical malpractice to injuries arising from catastrophic accidents and wrongful death.

A native of Detroit, Mr. Goldfaden pursued his undergraduate studies at the prestigious University of Michigan, where he studied economics and statistics and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2010. After graduation, he moved to Chicago for his law studies, attended the University of Illinois Chicago College of Law and received his Juris Doctor in 2013. He received the CALI Award for Future Excellence for his outstanding academic performance in the income taxation subject.

Over the years, Mr. Goldfaden has secured millions of dollars in compensation for his clients, with one of his most notable achievements being obtaining 8.1 million dollars in compensation for an elderly woman whose lung cancer was undiagnosed, clearly posing medical negligence from the doctor and hospital.

Mr. Goldfaden’s legal endeavors have earned him both recognition and awards from several organizations, including the Trial Lawyer Excellence Award by the Jury Verdict Reporter. He was named an Emerging Lawyer in the personal injury plaintiff area by the Leading Lawyers.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Health Care, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Transportation/Maritime

Focus areas

Admiralty & Maritime Law, Assault, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Medical Devices, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Nursing Home, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 40% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 30% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Health Care
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10% Transportation/Maritime

First Admitted: 2013, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.levinperconti.com/attorneys/daniel-a-goldfaden/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Admissibility of Evidence in Nursing Home Litigation: Proving or Challenging Authentication, Relevance and Hearsay, Strafford Publications, Inc., October 2018.
  • Lawyers in the Classroom, Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, 2014-2015.
  • Fundamentals of Legal Practice, The University of Illinois College of Law, February 2017.
  • Preparing a Nursing Home Case for Trial, National Academy for Continued Legal Education, September 2018.
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse - Associate Board Member, 2016
  • Volunteered for the University of Illinois Civil Litigation Clinic.
  • Wills for Heroes Foundation - Volunteer
  • Lawyers in the Classroom - Volunteer, 2016
  • Student Legal Relief-Volunteer  
  • ITLA YLD - Service Day, 2016
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Received the CALI Award for Future Excellence in Income Taxation, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Editor of the Elder Law Journal, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Named to the Dean’s List, University of Illinois College of Law
  • $8.1M - jury verdict on behalf of a 63-year-old woman whose lung cancer went undiagnosed and untreated after clearly being identifiable on a chest x-ray.
  • $7M - settlement against a hospital and two radiologists for failing to diagnose breast cancer after they did not identify abnormalities on two mammograms. As a result, the cancer went undetected, progressed, and resulted in the premature death of a 64-year-old woman.
  • $6.2M - trial verdict for a 61-year-old man left permanently disabled following a procedure at the Hines Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • $4.3M - settlement against a hospital and several physicians for failing to perform a stat echocardiogram on a 38-year-old woman after it was ordered by her attending physician, which resulted in her death.
  • $4.1M - jury verdict on behalf of an 85-year-old woman injured in a nursing home when her medications were mismanaged.
  • $3.5M - birth injury settlement, which resulted in seizures, acute respiratory failure, ventilator dependence, placement of a tracheostomy tube, placement of a gastrostomy tube, and multiple infections and eventually led to death.
  • $2M - settlement on behalf of a client who went blind after his glaucoma went undiagnosed by his optometrists.
  • $1.75M - settlement against a sheltered care facility for the choking death of a 67-year-old developmentally disabled man.
  • $1.7M - settlement in construction case for client who suffered a significant, life-altering back injury after his bulldozer traversed cement boulders.
  • $1.6M - settlement on behalf of a woman whose vehicle was hit by another vehicle. The woman suffered a left mid-shaft femur fracture, a right tibial plateau fracture, and tears of her left and right meniscus and was permanently unable to work because of her injuries.
  • $975K - settlement on behalf of the estate of a nursing home resident who hung himself after being left unattended for an extended period despite previous suicide threats and suspicious behaviors.
  • $950K - settlement for a nursing home resident who developed a pressure sore.
  • $885K - settlement in a failure to report lab test results case, which resulted in an untreated infection and death.
  • $825K - settlement against an independent living facility for failing to properly inspect, maintain, and repair a closet door on its premises. As a result, the closet door fell on top of a 96-year-old woman and caused a hip fracture.
  • $800K - settlement on behalf of a 56-year-old woman suffering from MS whose nursing home perforated her stomach while re-inserting her feeding tube and then failed to confirm proper placement of the tube in her stomach before resuming her feedings. The woman died because of acute peritonitis and sepsis. Daniel was responsible for the depositions of several Defendant witnesses that contributed to the early resolution of this tragic case.
  • $800K - settlement for a nursing home resident who developed a pressure sore, which became infected, led to sepsis, and death.
  • $750K - settlement for a nursing home resident who was dropped during a transfer.
  • $600K - settlement on behalf of a sexual assault victim against a hospital because of its failure to terminate its employee who was previously alleged to have committed similar acts against another patient.
  • Emerging Lawyer – Personal Injury Plaintiff, Leading Lawyers, 2021
  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2018 -2022
  • Top “40 Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” in Illinois by Chicago Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2019
  • Trial Lawyer Excellence Award, Jury Verdict Reporter Awards Ceremony, 2019
  • Trial Excellence Award, Highest reported Illinois Nursing Home Care Act verdict, Jury Verdict Reporter, 2019
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Illinois, 2013
  • Northern District of Illinois, 2018
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Decalogue Society, Member
  • University of Illinois, Chicago Program, Advisory Board
Educational Background:
  • University of Tel Aviv, 2009
  • University of Michigan - B.A. in Economics and Statistics, 2010

Office location for Daniel A. Goldfaden

325 North Lasalle Street
Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60654

Phone: 312-332-2872


7 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2018 - 2024

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