Daniel Cotter, Esq. is a partner with Howard & Howard in Chicago, IL. Before returning to private practice in 2015, Dan served as the general counsel, vice president & secretary of Fidelity Life Association, a large insurance company based on Chicago. Dan has spent nearly 25 years of his legal career working with the insurance industry, where he has extensive experience handling transactional work, general regulatory and government relationships in multiple jurisdictions, and litigation and oversight, as well as privacy.
In addition to his extensive litigation, regulatory and transactional experience in the insurance industry, Dan’s practice has included work for a broad range of clients in the areas of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate organizations, reorganizations, dissolutions and redomestications, corporate governance and compliance and cybersecurity and privacy issues. In addition, Dan has handled a wide array of commercial litigation cases, including insurance defense, complex business disputes and employment matters.
In his in-house and law firm roles, Dan has been a supervisory lawyer, a subordinate lawyer and, prior to law school, served as a paralegal and extern in his last year of law school, and is familiar with the various roles and responsibilities.
Dan successfully completed the CPA Examination in 1989, and worked as an accountant for 5.5 years, the last three while attending law school at night. He taught a course, Accounting for Lawyers, for several years at The John Marshall Law School.