David W. Inlander

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Chicago, IL

Fischel & Kahn, Ltd.
 | 155 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1950
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-726-0440
Fax: 312-726-1448
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007, 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (50%),
  • Family Law (30%),
  • General Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

David Inlander is Managing Partner of Fischel|Kahn.

He is a seasoned family law attorney with a focus on complex matrimonial mediation, collaborative and cooperative resolution processes for sophisticated clients. He also has extensive experience in chancery, trust and probate, and professional liability litigation in addition to his representation of professionals and entrepreneurs. David has received numerous professional awards, including being selected by his peers as the 2019 Lawyer of the Year in Family Law by Best Lawyers.

His skills as a mediator stem from more than 40 years of experience as a leading litigator in both state and federal courts, as he regularly guides challenging cases to resolution.

David is an active member of the Cooperative Divorce Attorneys of Chicago and is engaged in the expansion of alternative dispute resolution methods for high-end matrimonial cases. Utilizing this approach, the parties – not the attorneys and judges – drive the negotiations to an amicable resolution. He continuously refines and deepens his mediation skills, including completing an intensive course at Northwestern University in divorce mediation skills.

David has been active in the American Jewish Committee (AJC) for decades, currently serving as the Chair of the Interreligious Affairs Commission. This global role involves creating and shaping policy and has included multiple audiences with Pope Francis, as well as meetings with the highest levels of religious leadership in the United States and around the world, from Mexico City and Morocco to Istanbul, Israel to India. In 2017 his work with the AJC was chronicled in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in a piece called “Spanning the globe to help ‘repair the world.

David is the current Chair of the prestigious Illinois State Bar Association Bench & Bar Section Council and regularly pens articles for its newsletter.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Alternative Dispute Resolution (50%): Mediation

Family Law (30%): Divorce, Mediation & Collaborative Law

General Litigation (20%): Litigation

Focus Areas

Mediation, Divorce, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Litigation

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 10 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007, 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2019

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About David Inlander

Admitted: 1975, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.fischelkahn.com/inlander.html

Honors/Awards:

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for 35 years
  • One of the top 100 civil litigation attorneys in the State of Illinois, Super Lawyers
  • Three private audiences with Pope Francis at the Vatican to discuss Catholic-Jewish relations
  • Named top 5% of Illinois Family Law attorneys and awarded a Top Neutral award, Leading Lawyers Network, 2018
  • Note and Comment Editor, Loyola Law Journal, Loyola University
  • National Chair of AJC's Interreligious Affairs Commission
  • Illinois 2018 Super Lawyer
  • In April, 2013 David W. Inlander was a featured presenter at an ISBA seminar on Civility and Professionalism held at Loyola University School of Law, focusing on his recent publication "Strive Mightily: Some Thoughts on Civility and the Illinois Bar"
  • Selected by his peers for this singular award., Lawyer of the Year - Chicago - Family Law, Best Lawyers in America, 2019

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Completed Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice training, 2014
  • Northwestern University, Divorce Mediation Skills Training Certificate Program, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Jewish Committee Chicago chapter, Past President
  • Decalogue Society of Lawyers, Member
  • State of Illinois, 1975
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • 14 year Board Member at Temple Sholom of Chicago; Co-Chair 150th Anniversary Celebration.
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Professional Ethics Subcommittee, Chair
  • Member, Federal Trial Bar, 1975
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • Member, National Board of Governors of American Jewish Committee, Chairman of Interreligious Relations Commission and Executive Council member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association Bench and Bar Section Council, Member
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1975
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • When can a judge judge whether a judge can judge? In Re The Estate of Mary Ann Wilson, 238 Ill.2d 519 (2010). A  Review of the standards and proper procedure for petition of substitution of a judge as analyzed by the Illinois Supreme Court. Co-Authors David W. Inlander and Deborah Jo Soehlig, co-authors. vol. 41, no. 6, Bench & Bar (The newsletter of the ISBA's Bench & Bar Section Council, June 2011), ISBA, 2011
  • Chair's column on the importance of displaying judicial temperament highlighted in the Justice Kavanaugh hearings., Author, Judicial temperament: Concerns and questions , ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, vol. 49 no. 4, December 2018
  • Chair's Column on the profound concern about the increasing number of attacks on the profession., Author, Truth and the Law, ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, vol. 49 no. 3, September 2018, 2018
  • "Recent Trends in Discovery: Pitfalls of IL. SCR 216 Requests to Admit," ISBA CLE FEST, Chicago, IL June, 2010
  • A review of recent Illinois legislation and NY proposed legislation impacting contributions to the judiciary, Co-Author, Perception v. Reality: Money in Judicial Elections, David W. Inlander and Ronald D. Menna, Jr., Perception v. Reality: Money in Judicial Elections, Vol. 41, no. 4, Bench and Bar (The newsletter of the ISBA's Bench and Bar Section Council, March 2011), ISBA, 2011
  •  Deposition Advocacy: A Step Too Far? Co-Authors David W. Inlander and Deborah Jo Soehlig, volume 42, no. 5, Bench & Bar (The newsletter of the ISBA Bench & Bar Section Council, May, 2012)
  • "Strive Mightily": Some Thoughts on Civility and the Illinois Bar, An Article by David W. Inlander and Ronald D. Menna, Jr., ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, volume 43, no. 9, May 2013
  • "Civility and Professionalism in 2013", Illinois State Bar Association Bench & Bar Section, Loyola University in Chicago, April, 2013
  •  Lawyer shopping as a sword: It’s time to stop this abuse,  Co-Authors David W. Inlander and Deborah Jo Soehlig, volume 45, no. 4, Bench & Bar (The newsletter of the ISBA Bench & Bar Section Council, October, 2014)
  • Presenter at the ISBA Civility and Professionalism  April, 2015 seminar at Chicago Kent College of Law., "Court's Role in Guiding Civility", 2015
  • "Upholding or striking consumer mandatory arbitration clauses - What is the current trend?", Author, ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, vol. 48, No. 8, February 2018

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • King v. First Capital Financial Services Corp., 215 Ill.2d 1, 828 N.E.2d 1155, 293 Ill. Dec. 657, 2005 WL 913512, Ill., April 21, 2005, (Nos. 97263, 97761)
  • Sullivan v. DSSA Management, Inc., Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2004 WL 1375524, N.D.Ill., June 18, 2004 (No. 01-C-9228)
  • Jenkins v. Concorde Acceptance Corp., 345 Ill.App.3d 669, 802 N.E. 2d 1270 (1st Dist. 2003)
  • Mazurek v. Crossley Const. Co., 220 Ill.App.3d 416, 581 N.E.2d 59, 163 Ill. Dec. 108, 1991 WL 188890, Ill.App. 1 Dist., September 24, 1991, (No. 1-89-1089)
  • Goldberg v. Goldberg, 84 Ill.App.3d 728, 407 N.E.2d 160, 40 Ill.Dec. 459, Ill.App. 1 Dist., May 30, 1980 (No. 79-930)
  • Economy Folding Box Corp. v. Anchor Frozen Foods, Corp., 515 F.3d 718 (7th Cir.2008)
  • Hass v. Rico Enterprise, Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2004 WL 1385837, N.D.Ill., June 18, 2004 (No. 03-C-8695)
  • Hass v. Rico Enterprise, Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2004 WL 784813, N.D.Ill., April 12, 2004 (No. 03-C-8695)
  • Peters v. State, Not Reported in N.E.2d, 47 Ill.Ct.Cl. 326, 1994 WL 907435, Ill.Ct.Cl., August 25, 1995 (No. 90-CC-0919)
  • Kelso-Burnett Co. v. Zeus Development Corp., 107 Ill.App.3d 34, 437 N.E.2d 26, 62 Ill.Dec. 789, Ill.App. 2 Dist., June 17, 1982 (No. 81-759)
  • Palmer v. Southwest Airlines, Co., 2009 WL 3462043 (N.D. Ill. October 23, 2009)
  • Gumm v. Flickinger, Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2005 WL 2488996, N.D.Ill., August 31, 2005 (No. 03-C-8174)
  • Hass v. Rico Enterprise, Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2004 WL 1336255, N.D.Ill., June 14, 2004 (No. 03-C-8695)
  • Toth v. Jenkins, 272 Ill.App.3d 382, 649 N.E.2d 484, 208 Ill. Dec. 428, 1995 WL 170440, Ill.App. 1 Dist., April 11, 1995 (No. 1-93-4100)
  • Mazurek v. Crossley Const. Co., 220 Ill.App.3d 416, 581 N.E.2d 59, 163 Ill. Dec. 108, 1991 WL 188890, Ill.App. 1 Dist., September 24, 1991
  • MacNeil v. Trambert, 401 Ill.App.3d 1077, 932 N.E.2d 441 (2nd Dist. June 3, 2010)

Educational Background:

  • Vanderbilt University and University of Illinois, B.A., Cum laude, 1972

Industry Groups

  • Cooperative Divorce Law Practice Group
Office Location for David W. Inlander

155 North Wacker Drive
Suite 1950
Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: 312-726-0440

Fax: 312-726-1448

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Last Updated: 1/3/2019

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