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, North Carolina, Arizona 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.  Dan has the passion, power and professionalism to help survivors and family involved in any tragedy.  

Dan is a grandparent, husband, father, son and dedicated to personal service.  He is the only attorney that will provide personal cell phone at 317-549-5454 should there be any questions that need an immediate response.  

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 served as 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...


  • Voted by peers to be in the top 5% of all attorneys practicing in the State of Indiana., Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2005 – 2019, 2005
  • Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White Inc., Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiff, 2016 - 2019, Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, 2016
  • Adjudged by Courts and practicing lawyers to engage whether the attorney posses the highest competency and ethical standards. 2012 to the present.  , AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2012
  • 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.   , 2008

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 2012., 2018
  • 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), 2018
  • National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA). 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., 2018
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) since 1996., 2018
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  Member since 2014., 2018
  • Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) Member of the House of Delegates since 1994., 2018
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association for Justice (AAJ), 2018
  • Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, American Association for Justice (AAJ). Member since 2014., 2018
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), College of Fellows, 2018
  • Life Member of the Melvin M. Belli Society since 2008., 2018
  • Sustaining Member, North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) since 2000., 2018
  • Distinguished Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2018
  • Co-Chair Legislation Committee, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), 2003-2010, 2010
  • Board of Managers, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2006-2008, 2008
  • Chair, Motor Vehicle, Premises Liability and Highway Section, American Association for Justice (AAJ), 2004
  • Litigation, Products Liability and Medical Malpractice Sections, American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Board Member, Resort Torts Litigation Section, American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (ABA), 1992
  • Exchange Advisory Committee, American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1992, 1992
  • Colorado State Courts, Pro Hac Vice
  • Illinois State Courts, Pro Hac Vice
  • Tennessee State Courts, Pro Hac Vice
  • 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
  • North Carolina - Admitted to the Bar in 1998., 1998
  • Indiana - Admitted to the Bar in 1992.
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), National College of Advocacy
  • Leaders Forum, American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • South Carolina State Courts, Pro Hac Vice
  • Chair Litigation Section, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2004
  • Texas State Courts, Pro Hac Vice
  • American College of Board Certified Attorneys
  • Michigan Courts of Appeals, Pro Hac Vice
  • Arizona - Admitted to the Bar in 2013., 2013
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1992
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), 1992

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • President, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Member, Brain Injury Association of Indiana (BIAI) Executive Committee
  • Board Chair, Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), 2014-2015, 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:

  • Tips on how to deal with experts., Presenter, Experts: Billing and Bias, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2019
  • A biographic article highlighting President Chamberlain and his agenda.  , Leading the Way at ITLA, Indiana Lawyer, 2018
  • Background on how the NFL case came to be and Dan's involvement., Lawyer Takes on the NFL, Indiana Lawyer, 2017
  • A summary of how to handle sports-related concussion cases., Author, Brain Injury: Tackling the Concussion Case, Trial, a magazine for trial lawyers., 2016
  • "Personal Injury Cases: Calculating and Proving Damages," NBI, 2007
  • "Federal Trucking Rules Amendments," ATLA Newsletter, 2004
  • "Pedestrian Slip Resistance Cases," ITLA, 1996
  • "Voir Dire, Overcoming Jury Bias," ITLA, 1997
  • "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


  • Medical Malpractice - Birth Injury.  5.75 Million, 2018
  • $3,000,000 Dram shop case resulting in a TBI and deaths.  , 2018
  • Traumatic Brain Injury. $2,500,000, 2017
  • $1,350,000 Dog Bite case , 2017
  • Dram Shop. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/21/mom-takes-on-stadium-vendor-beer-sales-daughter-death/4161629/  , 2016
  • Lawson v. Sexton Apartments
  • Product Defect/Burns.  $4,250,000, 2016
  • 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, 2001
  • Brain Injury/Car v. Semi.  $1,000,000, 2016
  • Lynch v. Herr & Erie Insurance Exchange


  • Approximately, 15 million dollars of gross settlements.  Note: Every case is not the same and there is no guarantee in a result in any particular matter., 2018

Representative Clients:

  • Multiple retired NFL players participating in the concussion/traumatic brain injury class action settlement., 2016
  • Molestation victims and their families.  Names remain confidential, 2018

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., 2015
  • 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, 1989

Industry Groups

  • Birth Injury
  • Brain Injury
  • Construction Injury
  • Dram Shop
  • 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: 4/17/2019

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