Daniel S. Chamberlain

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Indianapolis, IN

Cohen & Malad, LLP
 | One Indiana Square, Suite 1400
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-549-5454
Fax: 317-636-2593
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Attorney Daniel S. Chamberlain is a partner at Cohen & Malad, LLP, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Chamberlain practices personal injury law and serves clients in Indiana and nationwide. He has more than 25 years of experience litigating matters involving birth injury, brain injury, construction accidents, medical malpractice, trucking accidents and wrongful death.

Mr. Chamberlain is committed to helping plaintiffs recover compensation and achieve justice after sustaining injuries or losing a loved one due to negligence. In recognition of his recovery of substantial verdicts and settlements for clients over his career, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum invited him to become a member of their exclusive organization. He also holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in the publication The Best Lawyers in America.

Active in several legal organizations, Mr. Chamberlain is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Brain Injury Association of Indiana, the American Association for Justice and the National Crime Victim Bar Association. He serves president of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and is active in the Brain Injury Association of America, serving as chair and on the association’s executive committee.

Mr. Chamberlain graduated cum laude from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in legal administration. He earned his law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He holds active law licenses in Indiana, Arizona and North Carolina and is qualified to appear before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.

*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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (100%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


Selected to Super Lawyers for 15 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Daniel Chamberlain

Admitted: 1992, Indiana

Professional Webpage: https://www.cohenandmalad.com/attorneys/daniel-s-chamberlain...


  • Indiana Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2005 – 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White Inc., Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiff, 2016 - 2018
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer, Indianapolis Monthly Magazine, 2004

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified, National Board of Trial Advocacy, (NBTA) (2008 - Present) - Civil Practice Board Certified, National Board of Trial Advocacy, (NBTA) (2013- Present) - Pre-Trial Practice *Board Certification is given to lawyers that pass a comprehensive examination and demonstrate a proficiency at trial.  In addition, colleague and judicial reviews are necessary to complete the process.  Board certification is renewed every five years with a demonstration of competency in the Courtroom.   

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, Motor Vehicle, Premises Liability and Highway Section, American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Distinguished Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Co-Chair Legislation Committee, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), 2003-2010
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Board of Managers, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2006-2008
  • Colorado State Courts, Pro Hac Vice
  • Litigation, Products Liability and Medical Malpractice Sections, American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Sustaining Member, North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ)
  • Illinois State Courts, Pro Hac Vice
  • House of Delegates, Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA)
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1992
  • North Carolina - Admitted to the Bar in 1998.
  • Board Member, Resort Torts Litigation Section, American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Board of Directors, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
  • Exchange Advisory Committee, American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Tennessee State Courts, Pro Hac Vice
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Life Member, Melvin M. Belli Society
  • Florida State Courts, Pro Hac Vice
  • F13 and F15 Committee Member, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • U.S. District Courts and Court of Appeals
  • Indiana - Admitted to the Bar in 1992.
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), National College of Advocacy
  • President, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) (2017-18) President Elect, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) (2016) Treasurer, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) (2015) Secretary, Indiana Trial Lawyers Associatoin (ITLA) (2014), 2014
  • Leaders Forum, American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), College of Fellows
  • South Carolina State Courts, Pro Hac Vice
  • Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Chair Litigation Section, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2004
  • Texas State Courts, Pro Hac Vice
  • American College of Board Certified Attorneys
  • Dan is a member of the NCVBA advisory Board.  Mr. Chamberlain fights for the rights of all victims, including those have been the victim of a crime.
  • Michigan Courts of Appeals, Pro Hac Vice
  • Arizona - Admitted to the Bar in 2013.
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1992
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Brain Injury Association of Indiana (BIAI) Executive Committee
  • Board Chair, Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), 2014-2015
  • Member of the Executive Committee, Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) in Washington, D.C.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Brain Injury Association of America
  • Professional Member, Brain Injury Association of Indiana, Inc., 1997
  • Treasurer/Legal Counsel, Brain Injury Clubhouse of Central Indiana, 2005-07
  • Member, Board of Directors, Indianapolis Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc., 1998-2000
  • Member, Board of Directors, Brain Injury Association of Indiana, Inc., 2007
  • Brain Injury Association of Indiana, Inc., Membership Committee, 2004-06
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Foundation, Fishers Club, 1997
  • Member, Board of Directors, Indiana Amputee Foundation, Inc., 1995-97
  • Capital Development Committee, Brain Injury Association of Indiana, Inc., 1995-99
  • Rotary Club, Fishers, Indiana, 1997
  • Volunteer, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights., 2008

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Voir Dire, Overcoming Jury Bias," ITLA, 1997
  • "Personal Injury Cases: Calculating and Proving Damages," NBI, 2007
  • "Federal Trucking Rules Amendments," ATLA Newsletter, 2004
  • "Pedestrian Slip Resistance Cases," ITLA, 1996
  • "Voir Dire," ITLA, 2006
  • "Premises Liability Standards," Indiana Lawyer, 2000
  • "Expert Testimony and Qualifications," IBA, 2006
  • "Trucking Litigation," Indiana Lawyer, 1999
  • "Admissibility of Medical Expert Testimony," IBA, 2006
  • "Seat Belt Defense," Indiana Lawyer, 1999
  • "Opening Statements," (Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum) ICLEF, 2005
  • "Truck Cases: Rules of the Road," Trial Magazine, 1998
  • "Working with Co-Counsel," Trial Magazine, 1998
  • "Medical Expert Testimony," NBI, 2005
  • "Jury Prejudice in Civil Litigation," Indiana Lawyer, 1997
  • "Developments in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury," BIAI, 2005
  • "Brain Injury and Medicaid Liens," Brain Injury Association of Indiana (BIAI), 1997
  • "Codes and Standards in Premises Liability Standards," ICLEF, 2005
  • "The Professional Truck Driver," ATLA Newsletter, 1996
  • "Developments in Premises Liability Standards," ATLA, 2005
  • "A Practitioner's Guide to Filing a Tort Claim Against a Governmental Entity," Res Gestae (ISBA Monthly Magazine), 1995
  • "Personal Injury Law," Indiana Farmers Insurance Company, 2004
  • Program Chair, "Medical Evidence: Issues and Strategies," ICLEF, 2010
  • "Product Liability: Truck Crash," ATLA, 2004
  • Moderator, "Inadequate Security," AAJ, 2010
  • "Wrongful Death: How to Personify the Decedent," ITLA, 2004
  • "Personal Injury Practice Refresher," NBI, 2004
  • Moderator, "New Orleans Jazz Fest: Litigation Strategies," AAJ, 2010
  • "Transportation Litigation," ICLEF, 2003
  • "Suing Canadian and Mexican Based Commercial Motor Carriers," West, 2010
  • "Cutting Edge Issues on Motor Vehicle Cases," ITLA, 2003
  • "Surveillance Videos," ITLA, 2010
  • "Visual Acquity and Driver Perception." ATLA, 2003
  • "Truck Crash Cases," ITLA, 2010
  • "Nursing Home Litigation," Lorman Institute, 2002
  • Co Chair, "Applied Professionalism Course: Indiana," ITLA, 2010
  • "Case Management," ATLA, 2002
  • "Sealing Off The Exits: Taking The Deposition Of A "Forgetful" Witness", National Webinar, 2009
  • "Trampoline Injury," ICLEF, 2001
  • "Representing Brain Injury/Spinal Cord Survivors," Community Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana 2009
  • "Trucking Litigation," ICLEF, 2001
  • "How to Win A Premises Liability Case," ITLA, 2009
  • "Case Management," ATLA, 2000
  • "Effectively Using Medical Evidence in Court," NBI, 2009
  • "Medical Research," ICLEF, 2000
  • "Closing Argument: National College of Advocacy, Litigation Track," AAJ, 2009
  • "ASTM Standards," ATLA, 2000
  • "Maximizing Damages at Trial," NBI, 2009
  • "Effective Use of Expert Witnesses," NBI, 2000
  • "Medical Strategies in Personal Injury Cases," NBI, 2008
  • "Application of Federal Motor Carrier Regulations to Trucking Cases," ICLEF, 2008
  • Author, Liquor Liability and Dram Shop Treatise, American Association For Justice, 2014
  • "Juror Misconduct," ITLA, 1999
  • "Essential Legal Information for Parents & Adolescents with Brain Injuries," Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2008
  • "Admissibility of Surveillance Tapes," Verdict, Volume 31, No. 1, 2010
  • "Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law," National Business Institute (NBI), 1999
  • "Professional Negligence," AAJ Moderator, 2008
  • "Litigation Strategies in Cases involving Assisted Care Facilities," Verdict, Volume 30, No. 4, 2009
  • "Connective Tissue Injury," ITLA, 1998
  • "Calculating and Proving Damages," NBI, 2008
  • "Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Pitfalls," ICLEF, 2008
  • "Effective Use of the Internet to Win Your Case," ATLA, 1998
  • "Medical Evidence in Court," NBI, 2007
  • "Effectively Preparing Witnesses," Verdict, Volume 29, No. 4, 2008
  • "Highway Defect and Design Cases," ATLA, 1998
  • "Advanced Premises Liability," ITLA, 2007
  • "Jury Consultant or Mock Trial?," Verdict, Volume 29, No. 3, 2008
  • "Mastering Medical Litigation," ICLEF, 1998
  • "Tales from the Legal Legends," IBA, 2007
  • "Admissibility of Chiropractic Testimony," Verdict, Volume 28, No. 3, 2007
  • "The Use and Abuse of Expert Witnesses, Codes, Regulations and Standards," ATLA, 1997
  • Liquor Liability and Dram Shop Treatise, American Association For Justice
  • "Administration Amends Driver Safety Rules," Indiana Lawyer, 2005
  • "Premises Liability: Beyond the Basics," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 1998


  • Lawson v. Sexton Apartments
  • Traumatic Brain Injury. $2,500,000, 2017
  • Dram Shop. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/21/mom-takes-on-stadium-vendor-beer-sales-daughter-death/4161629/  , 2016
  • Product Defect/Burns.  $4,250,000, 2016
  • Medical Malpractice - Birth Injury.  5.75 Million, 2018
  • Butrum v. Rosemont Tavern
  • Pond Drowning. https://www.theindychannel.com/news/call-6-investigators/wrongful-death-lawsuit-filed-in-pond-drowning-death-of-indianapolis-father, 2018
  • Painter v. American Family
  • Lanham v. Werner Enterprises, Inc
  • http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/lawsuit-filed-against-damar-services      
  • Dog Bite, Facial Scarring. $1,300,000, 2017
  • Molestation. $1,000,000, 2017
  • Ashley v. Allstate Insurance Company
  • Goodwill Lawsuit. https://www.wmar2news.com/news/national/five-victims-in-indiana-file-lawsuits-against-goodwill-allege-nonprofit-failed-to-stop-sex-offender  , 2018
  • Wood v. T.A. Kaiser Heating
  • Blanchard v. Miller
  • Minor Molestation.  http://www.indystar.com/article/20131108/NEWS02/311080050/Indiana-Supreme-Court-allows-parents-molested-boy-sue-YMCA?nclick_check=1  , 2015
  • Traumatic Brain Injury/mTBI/Car Wreck. $1,250,000, 2016
  • Traumatic Brain Injury/Car Wreck/Dram Shop. $10,000,000
  • Brain Injury/Car v. Semi.  $1,000,000, 2016
  • Lynch v. Herr & Erie Insurance Exchange

Representative Clients:

  • Dan does not and never will represent corporations or businesses.  He represents those that have been wrongully injured or killed.  

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • In a period of 18 months, Mr. Chamberlain's clients one four appeals and had a right to their day in Court.
  • Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (renewed 2015); Media Interviews: Lawyers Weekly USA. Indianapolis Business Journal. Indianapolis Star. Indiana Lawyer. Indianapolis Monthly Magazine. WTHR - NBC Affiliate. WRTV - ABC Affiliate. Washington Post.


Educational Background:

  • Ball State University, Bachelor of Science, Legal Administration, cum laude, 1989

Industry Groups

  • Birth Injury
  • Brain Injury
  • Construction Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Orthopaedic Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Trucking
  • Wrongful Death
Office Location for Daniel S. Chamberlain

One Indiana Square
Suite 1400
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: 317-549-5454

Fax: 317-636-2593

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Last Updated: 1/8/2019

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