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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: 3175495454
Fax: 317-636-2593
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022
Licensed in Indiana Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
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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. Dan has the passion, energy, and professionalism to help survivors and their families. 

Dan is a grandparent, husband, father, son, and is dedicated to personal, professional service. He is the only attorney that will provide his cell phone at 317-549-5454 should any questions 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.

Dan is a lawyer on your side, and answers your questions and takes your calls. 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 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 U.S. District Courts. *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished, and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license under 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®'s Peer Review Rating™ falls into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards. Dan has the highest ranking from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Chamberlain has also been selected to Superlawyers from 2005-21 and Best Lawyers in America and Indiana.

Consultations are always encouraged and complimentary. Clients rate our law firm a 5 out 5 in customer satisfaction.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Personal Injury - General: 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


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

White Papers

  • Jurisdiction: Royal and Ancient Golf Club v. Karsten Ping, USGA, et al. (1992) - A jurisdictional battle between which governing body had control over golf in the United States of America and overseas.
  • Brain Injury: PTSD (2018) - Can PTSD accompany a traumatic brain injury?  Yes, and the reasons that a brain damage can exacerbate many conditions, mostly in a negative manner.  

About Daniel S. Chamberlain

First Admitted: 1992, Indiana

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Educational Background

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

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
  • American College of Board Certified Attorneys
  • 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
  • Member: American Association for Justice (AAJ), National College of Advocacy, Diplomat honor earned at Harvard University., 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
  • Chair Litigation Section, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2004
  • Litigation, Products Liability and Medical Malpractice Sections, American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Board Member, Resort Torts Litigation Section, American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Member: Indianapolis Bar Association, 1992
  • American Bar Association (ABA), 1992
  • Exchange Advisory Committee, American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • F13 and F15 Committee Member, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • Leaders Forum, American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Admitted - U.S. District Courts and Court of Appeals, 1992
  • Indiana - Admitted to the Bar in 1992., 1992
  • North Carolina - Admitted to the Bar in 1998., 1998
  • Arizona - Admitted to the Bar in 2013., 2013
  • States other than Indiana, North Carolina and Arizona where Dan has practiced:  Michigan, Colorado, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, West Virginia are among the other states admitted pro hac vice., 1992


  • $3,000,000 Dram shop case resulting in a TBI and deaths.  , 2018
  • $5,750,000 - Medical Malpractice - Birth Injury. , 2018
  • $1,000,000 - Deadly rear-end collision caused by the operator of a semi (commercial) motor vehicle., 2017
  • $2,500,000 - Traumatic Brain Injury, 2017
  • $1,300,000 - Dog Bite, Facial Scarring. , 2017
  • $1,000,000 - Molestation, 2017
  • Pond Drowning., 2018
  • CONFIDENTIAL -      , 2018
  • Goodwill Lawsuit.  , 2018
  • $4,250,000 - Product Defect/Burns/Fatality, 2016
  • $1,250,000 - Traumatic Brain Injury/mTBI/Car Wreck. , 2016
  • Dram Shop.  , 2016
  • CONFIDENTIAL - Minor Molestation.  , 2015
  • Lawson v. Sexton Apartments
  • Butrum v. Rosemont Tavern
  • Painter v. American Family
  • Lanham v. Werner Enterprises, Inc
  • Ashley v. Allstate Insurance Company
  • Wood v. T.A. Kaiser Heating
  • Blanchard v. Miller
  • $10,000,000 - Traumatic Brain Injury/Car Wreck/Dram Shop. , 2001
  • 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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • A dissertation and discussion about current defense trends to combat legitimate TBI claims.  , Presenter, Brain Injury: Effort, Somatization and Secondary Gain, West Group, 2019
  • How to plan out a person's medical needs, expenses and holding those responsible for the costs., Presenter, Life Care Plan: How to work with an attorney to advance your client's case, Academy of Certified Life Care Planners, 2019
  • Tips on how to deal with experts., Presenter, Experts: Billing and Bias, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2019
  • A comprehensive presentation to inform and prevent texting, drinking or otherwise driving impaired.  Volunteered during a Miami seminar.  , Presenter, Distracted Driving, Miami Dade School Corporation, 2019
  • The ins and outs of proving a traumatic brain injury/concussion in most cases., Presenter, Damages: Brain Injury as a Lifelong, On-going, Disease, ITLA, 2018
  • How to deal with current defense strategies when handling a TBI case.  , Presenter, Brain Injury: How to diffuse Defense arguments, West Group, 2018
  • The illegal consumption of alcohol to an otherwise intoxicated individual causing injury or death to themselves or others.  , Presenter, Dram Shop & Other Preventable Tragedies, National Crime Victim Bar Association, 2018
  • The ongoing saga of retired NFL players and their claims for reimbursement for traumatic brain injury., Presenter, NFL Brain Injury Claims, AAJ, 2018
  • A biographic article highlighting President Chamberlain and his agenda.  , Author, Leading the Way at ITLA, Indiana Lawyer, 2018
  • How to select a jury in the Trump era.  How to get fair and balanced jurors to give your client a fair shake. , Presenter, Jury Selection, NBI, 2018
  • How to attack large venues (eg. Casinos, Pro Football/Basketball, Car Races, etc.) in terms of selling and monitoring alcohol served to patrons.  This case was successfully argued in favor of two recent clients.  , Presenter, Inadequate Security and Catastrophic Injury Cases: Proof, American Association of Justice, 2017
  • Update regarding the claims process and handling retired player claims for brain damage.  , Presenter, NFL Concussion Litigation, Indiana University School of Law, 2017
  • A strategy to address technology and the use of testing to demonstrate brain damage.  , Presenter, Brain Injury in the New Millenium, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 2017
  • An ethical review of resolving brain damage cases and the use of trusts, special needs trust, annuities, etc.  , Presenter, Brain Injury: Ethics, 2017
  • A discussion about presenting NFL claims to the claims administrator in the largest class action in American Jurisprudence. The settlement will be on-going for 65 years., Presenter, Concussion: A 65 Year Problem, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 2017
  • How to prepare a client for a deposition in a slip, trip and fall cases.  , Presenter, Premise Liability: Preparing a Client for Deposition, American Association of Justice, 2017
  • Background on how the NFL case came to be and Dan's involvement., Author, Lawyer Takes on the NFL, Indiana Lawyer, 2017
  • How to win your client's case with a strong direct/cross examination.  , Presenter, Taking Depositions to Win the Case, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2017
  • A comprehensive review of traumatic brain injury in Indiana and throughout the United States.  Subjects included litigation, treatment and access to care and community for survivors and their families., Presenter, Brain Injury, Indiana University School of Law, 2016
  • EMR and EMH are mandated by the federal government to document all medical care and treatment received by a patient.  Such systems are mandated by the Federal Government.  Topics included how to get access to the "behind the scenes" data that are typically not shared in simple discovery requests.  , Presenter, Electronic Medical and Health Records, Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • The intersection of the neurosciences, traumatic brain injury and the law.  How to prove a TBI and get the case to a jury., Presenter, Neuroscience and the Law, Indiana University School of Law, 2016
  • Brain injury is a lifelong, ongoing disease presence that only gets worse in the future.  The population of TBI survivors expands each year and affects more people than every before., Presenter, Brain Injury: Developing Trends, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • A summary of how to handle sports-related concussion cases., Author, Brain Injury: Tackling the Concussion Case, Trial, a magazine for trial lawyers., 2016
  • An overview of the pros and cons of using technology at trial. Topics included opening/closing statement, projection devices, ELMO, etc.  , Presenter, Courtroom Technology and Pitfalls, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2016
  • Ethics in handling catastrophic injury cases, including special needs trusts, annuities and shelters to maintain cash while taking advantage of governmental benefits., Presenter, Ethics and experts in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases, Washington State Trial Lawyers Conference, 2015
  • Current status of TBI via the Wounded Warriors, CDC, Walter Reed and Department of Defense recognition of the severity of TBI in active duty troops., Presenter, 9th Annual Nebraska Brain Injury Conference - Keynote, Brain Injury Association of Nebraska, 2015
  • Radiological techniques, including DTI, mTBI, Tesla, etc. to visualize microscopic changes to the brain.  , Presenter, Proving TBI with Neuro-Radiology , South Carolina Bar Association, 2015
  • "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


  • Voted by peers to be in the top 5% of all attorneys practicing in the State of Indiana., Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2005 – 2019, 2019
  • 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

Representative Clients

  • Dan represents multiple retired NFL players participating in the concussion/traumatic brain injury class action settlement.  This class action is the largest settlement of all time and lasts for 65 years.  , 2020
  • Molestation victims and their families.  Names remain confidential, 2018

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board Member at Villa Licci based in Indianapolis.  The non-profit is the first of its kind in Indiana and the United States for residential living for TBI survivors.  For more information, please click the YouTube link here …  , 2020
  • Founder of the Brain Injury Alliance of Indiana.  The Alliance focuses on the needs of traumatic brain injury survivors and their families.  The mission also includes the dissemination of information, prevention and awareness of TBI in Indiana.  , 2020
  • Guardian ad litem for children in need of services., 2019
  • 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
  • Rotary Club, Fishers, Indiana, 1997
  • 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
  • Volunteer, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights., 2008

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (renewed 2015, 2020); Media Interviews: Lawyers Weekly USA. Indianapolis Business Journal. Indianapolis Star. Indiana Lawyer. Indianapolis Monthly Magazine. WTHR - NBC Affiliate. WRTV - ABC Affiliate. Washington Post., 2020
  • Appeals: In an 18 month period, Mr. Chamberlain's clients successfully argued four appeals, all in favor of the Plaintiff, and injured and the families of those killed had a right to their day in Court., 2015

Industry Groups

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

One Indiana Square
Suite 1400
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: 3175495454

Fax: 317-636-2593

Last Updated: 9/8/2021

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