Mark W. Daniel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Land Use & Zoning Attorney in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Daniel Law Office, P.C.
 | 17W733 Butterfield Road, Suite F
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Phone: 630-559-1700
Fax: 630-833-3511
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007, 2019 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Land Use/Zoning (50%),
  • Environmental (10%),
  • Gaming (10%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • State, Local & Municipal (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Handling a range of civil litigation issues, Mark W. Daniel is the founder of the Daniel Law Office, P.C. He represents clients throughout Chicago, Illinois, in matters that include the following: land use, zoning, annexation and land development; personal injury; environmental law and damage to property; local government law; advertising, trademark and copyright law; gaming; and general litigation.

    In 1990, Mr. Daniel received a Bachelor of Science in applied life studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He then earned a Juris Doctor in 1994 and graduated magna cum laude from The John Marshall Law School. While there, he participated in moot court competitions and was a member of the school’s law review.

    As someone who both prosecutes and defends people in civil litigation, Mr. Daniel has unique insight into the cases he handles. The ability to anticipate how the other side may build a case is crucial in mitigating risks. This proactive approach is the reason he has been so successful in state and federal courts.

    For his accomplishments, Mr. Daniel has earned the rating of Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished* from Martindale-Hubbell and has an Avvo “Very Good” rating.

    Highly involved in the legal community, Mr. Daniel has an extensive network he uses to enhance the strategies he develops. Additionally, he has played a role in shaping new laws at both the local and state levels. He is a member of the DuPage County Bar Association, The Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

    When he is not at his practice, Mr. Daniel enjoys volunteering with nonprofit organizations.

    * AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Land Use/Zoning
    • 10%Environmental
    • 10%Gaming
    • 10%General Litigation
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%State, Local & Municipal
    Focus Areas

    Gaming Law, Litigation


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    Super Lawyers: 2007, 2019 - 2021

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    About Mark Daniel

    Admitted: 1995, Illinois

    Professional Webpage:


    • Specially-Recognized Member of the Moot Court, The John Marshall Law School
    • Peer Review Rating of BV, Martindale-Hubbell
    • Community Service Award, Girl Scouts of DuPage County/Prairie Winds, 2007
    • Illinois Super Lawyers (Super Lawyers and Chicago magazines) in the fields of civil litigation, land use and real estate, 2007
    • Mark received the Chairman's Award for work as a director that related to governmental affairs and Chamber operations. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors., Chairman's Award, Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 2014
    • Mark repeated in receiving this award in 2006 and again in 2007 for work as a director during the merger of several councils into what it now the largest Girl Scout Council in the United States., Community Service Award, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, 2006
    • Honored by the Girl Scouts of DuPage County Council (now merged with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana) for his zoning and land use work for the Girl Scouts, Outstanding Service Award, 2004

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • DuPage Bar Association, International Municipal Lawyers Association, City of Chicago
    • DuPage County Bar Association, Member
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
    • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
    • United States Supreme Court
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • DuPage County Bar Association, past chair of the Local Government Law Committee
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • International Council of Shopping Centers
    • American Bar Association, Hazard Management Subcomm., State & Local Government
    • American Planning Association
    • National Crime Victims' Bar Association

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Mark was a member of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scout Council of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, 2009
    • Mark served as the president of Elmhurst Swim Team during its 25th Anniversary season., 2016
    • Mark continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and Industry., 2013
    • Mark continues to serve on the Board of Directors for Spirito! Singers, a highly qualified choral organization serving girls and young women and the community in western Cook County and eastern DuPage County., 2018
    • Mark was a member of Board of Directors for the DuPage County branch of the American Cancer Society, 2002
    • Mark continues to serve as a referee and Area Officials' Representative for Illinois Swimming which is a division of USA Swimming., 2017

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Regular writer and lecturer for Lorman Education Services in the fields of zoning and land use, real estate, environmental and governmental regulation since 2003, Featured Lecturer, 2008
    • John Marshall Law Review, Associate Lead Articles Editor, The John Marshall Law School, 1993-1994
    • Presenter/Author, Chicago Bar Association
    • Regular writer and lecturer for the National Business Institute in the fields of zoning and land use, real estate, environmental and governmental regulation since 2003, Featured Lecturer, 2008
    • Featured speaker at the national meeting of the International Municipal Lawyers Association, Featured Speaker, The Big Box and Fair Process, 2001


    • Heritage Realty vs. Village of Glendale Heights. Successfully tried issue of denial of special use permits for developer
    • Oppenheimer et al. vs. The Nagel Group et al. Successfully represented directors and shareholders in class action and derivative litigation defense of fraud and fiduciary duty claims in trial court and on appeal
    • Energy Services Heating & Air Conditioning vs. Nicor. Represented HVAC company in trademark infringement and unfair competition claims against utility
    • Trident Investment v. Bhambra. Counsel for neighboring shopping center owner in action involving UST contamination (resulting consent decree and settlement)
    • People ex. rel. Robert Klaeren, et. al. v. Village of Lisle, et. al. Trial and appellate counsel for residents of large residential subdivision in successfully obtaining a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. The preliminary injunction was affirmed on appeal to Second District and Illinois Supreme Court halting development. Later order of summary judgment also affirmed
    • In Islamic Center of the Western Suburbs v. County of DuPage, Mark served as lead counsel in federal litigation pertaining to the entitlement of a mosque in the west suburbs. ICWS ultimately avoided dismissal, favorably resolved the litigation and began worship after several years of furstration., 2013
    • College Inn Partners v. Deby, Inc. Counsel for neighboring property owners in environmental litigation leading to successful settlement for plaintiffs
    • In Lisle Place Condominium Association v. Village of Lisle, et al., Mark was lead counsel for the trustee owner and land development company in obtaining orders striking a lis pendens and dismissing litigation brought by a large condominium developer against the Village of Lisle, owner and developer of a townhome development. During the course of this litigation, he worked with the owner, developer, lender, title company and municipality and avoided a stoppage of construction and other efforts by the Association to interfere with the project., 2018
    • In Does v. Unit 5, Mark represented victims of abuse in the public school setting. Occasionally, the civil rights work in the land use field and work for victims of crime blend together to allow this sort of representation. The case settled ultimately settled., 2012
    • In Paoletti v. Karr Cleaners, Inc., Mark and Peter Zamis successfully presented the defense of a dry cleaner to jury in the face of a $4M demand at closing and succeeded on a counterclaim involving the sale of a dry cleaning business and its property. Mark continues to advice client concerning environmental matters when they arise., 1996
    • In Silva v. Chan, Mark obtained a judgment in a fraud action under the Illinois Securities Law of 1953. This matter involved chasing down the defendant, obtaining judgment (twice) and a successful appeal in the Illinois Appellate Court as well as adversary proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Western Division., 2017


    • Mark represented purchaser in acquisition of former gasoline service station site (with environmental impacts). During the diligence period, he provided representation on financial and environmental matters, contract matters, and land use and zoning for a new shopping center with a drive through and outdoor dining on each endcap. Typically, Mark works with in-house counsel or real estate counsel while focusing on the land use and governmental relations elements of a transaction., 2017

    Representative Clients:

    • Mark continued to represent the largest Dunkin Donuts franchisee in the region on matters pertaining to zoning and land use in the west and far west suburbs of Chicago., 2016
    • Mark represented LQ Holdings and LQ Management in relation to the restoration, modernization and redevelopment of a longstanding La Quinta hotel site., 2017
    • With the downturn in the economy, land use work shifted to work in the religious and other not-for-profit areas. Mark continues to assist religious institutions (several faiths) in efforts to properly entitle their worship facilities without facing discrimination. This effort has involved local zoning proceedings and litigation in federal court under RLUIPA as lead counsel or working alongside counsel from local, state and national associations formed for the purpose of protecting religious liberty in the land use context. Various aspects of this work included presentations on the topic of RLUIPA when a governing agency became the subject of litigation., 2009
    • Mark represented Specialty's Cafe & Bakery in relation to zoning, land use and local governmental matters in relation to a feature, stand-alone store in the west suburbs of Chicago., 2015
    • Mark represented one of the larger large real estate investment trusts in relation to the re-entitlement of a shopping center to allow for partial demolition and new construction among other efforts., 2015
    • Mark serves as general development counsel to VIP's Cafe for zoning, liquor and gaming licensing purposes in more than ten municipalities., 2017
    • As part of a multi-year effort, Mark served as lead counsel to TitleMax of Illinois in relation to zoning and land use in the Chicago area and in Rockford and Loves Park., 2012
    • Mark continues to represent various gasoline service stations, including one of the largest Shell franchisees, in relation to redevelopment, modernization and local government matters including incentives, land use and licensing., 2017
    • Mark represented a residential developer in emergency injunction proceedings and local governmental matters in the west suburbs. The litigation involved denial of an initial injunction, entry of an injunction that permitted construction to continue, the filing of an answer and counterclaim, as well as a favorable settlement--and much of it occurred as the Cubs were making a historic run., 2016
    • Mark represented Joliet Shores, LLC in relation to the annexation of and entitlements for a proposed mixed use development and lifestyle center valued at nearly one billion dollars through the City of Joliet, 2008
    • As part of a multi-year engagement, Mark represented Twin Restaurant Group in relation to its Illinois efforts to expand stand-alone restaurants and bars in the Chicago metro area., 2016
    • Mark represented taxi cab companies in relation to various claims of LGBTQ discrimination., 2017

    Educational Background:

    • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, B.S., Major: Applied Life Studies, Honors: With Honors, 1990

    Industry Groups

    • Advertising
    • Banking
    • Environmental
    • Gas Stations
    • Hotels
    • ICSC
    • Industrial
    • Internet
    • Land Development
    • Residential
    • Restaurant
    • Retail
    • Shopping Centers
    • Video Gaming
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    Office Location for Mark W. Daniel

    17W733 Butterfield Road
    Suite F
    Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

    Phone: 630-559-1700

    Fax: 630-833-3511

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    Last Updated: 6/14/2021

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