Daniel Campbell focuses his practice on a variety of commercial litigation matters, including collective and class actions, trade secret misappropriation actions, and products liability actions and actions under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.
Daniel has argued before the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and has first-chaired or second-chaired several bench and jury trials. Daniel recently first-chaired a five-day jury trial in a police brutality case, and first-chaired a stage-three evidentiary hearing in a post-conviction actual innocence case. His commercial trial experience includes cross-examining major executives in federal court, and conducting direct examinations of fact witnesses and key expert witnesses. Daniel also has experience taking and defending party and expert depositions in large commercial actions, as well as managing large-scale discovery and production in numerous cases.
Daniel has vast state court litigation experience, including drafting and filing substantive briefs and arguing key motions, such as motions for summary judgment and motions for temporary restraining orders and trying evidentiary issues. Additionally, Daniel has worked on aviation product liability, bankruptcy, and trust and estate litigation in addition to his work in the class action space. Daniel advises clients on compliance with the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, and represents clients in defense of actions brought under that Act. He serves on the Firm’s Technology Committee and helped to develop a Firmwide program covering deposition preparation and evidentiary issues.
While in law school, Daniel served as associate editor of The Elder Law Journal and as a Moot Court executive editor. He also won various American Bar Association (ABA) client-counseling competitions. In addition, Daniel served as a legal clerk for the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and as lead counsel/advanced clinic student for the University of Illinois College of Law Federal Civil Rights Clinic. In this role, he won a case on a civil constitutional claim after a three-day jury trial in a federal court, as well as obtained a favorable settlement and substantial fee awards in two other cases. Daniel completed a total of four cases and two jury trials in federal court while attending law school.
Daniel has authored a comprehensive guide for clinic students at the University of Illinois College of Law for the Federal Civil Rights Clinic. Daniel also leads a boot camp seminar on impeachment and refreshing recollection, as well as acting as a guest lecturer for the trial advocacy program on the “Use of Technology in the Courtroom” and as part of the Fundamental of Law Practice course at the University of Illinois College of Law.
Co-chaired, and prevailed in, a five-day jury trial in a police brutality case under Section 1983
Defeated motion for class certification, obtained disqualification of plaintiffs’ retained expert witness and obtained summary judgment for James Hardie Building Products Inc. on claims brought by 13 plaintiffs alleging that fiber-cement home-siding product possessed an alleged defect that led to premature deterioration of the siding
Co-chaired, and prevailed in, evidentiary hearing on motion for preliminary injunction in trade secrets case alleging theft of software and source code trade secrets where plaintiff alleged more than $120 million in damages – cross examined plaintiff CEO and directed key expert witness at hearing in obtaining favorable result
Represented a pharmaceutical and therapy services client in case involving alleged theft of trade secrets and breach of confidentiality agreements
Advised a major healthcare company on a biometric information collection public policy and related consent
Advised a major technology company on trade secret licensing and ownership issues relating to employees with prior inventions of software/source code
Defeated motion for class certification, and prevailed on summary judgment for large eyeglasses manufacturer and retailer in class action relating to the use of buy one get one free promotions in Florida
Obtained dismissal with prejudice, and Seventh Circuit affirmance of claims brought against large health care client by payment vendors of nursing homes in Illinois
Obtained favorable settlement for art gallery in Chicago relating to the alleged copyright infringement of works from a deceased photographer
Obtain favorable settlement on behalf of an individual client sued for copyright infringement relating to an allegedly illegal download of a movie on a home computer
Obtained favorable class-wide settlement after long-term MDL for a manufacturer of asphalt roofing shingles in a multidistrict litigation proceeding where plaintiffs have asserted claims for breach of warranty and consumer fraud under the laws of seven states
Advised major hospital clients on litigation risk associated with the acquisition of a hospital group
Successfully defended a third-party subpoena served on a hedge fund client and advised on litigation involving former employees and client’s competitors
Successfully compelled arbitration and enforced class action waiver for a manufacturer of asphalt roofing shingles in a case filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania where plaintiffs asserted class claims for breach of warranty and consumer fraud
Obtained a complete dismissal of breach of fiduciary duty and class claims brought against the directors of a major travel company in a shareholder derivative and class action case
Obtained a temporary restraining order for a client that was purportedly fired from association where that client was about to be acquired by a competitor of the association – successfully argued that the termination was improper and premature until the acquisition of the client by the association’s competitor was complete
Won case at Illinois Supreme Court for My Pillow after successfully arguing that a self-represent relator in a False Claims Act case could not recover attorneys’ fees for work performed by the relator-law firm’s own attorneys. This case represented a matter of first impression in Illinois and is now the law of the state prohibiting self-represented relator-law firms from collecting attorneys’ fees for the work of its own attorneys in Illinois False Claims Act cases
Obtained favorable settlement for oil and gas client in a Clean Air Act case alleging violations regulations relating to the production and sale of biodiesel fuel
Obtained favorable settlement for a law firm client in a case alleging legal malpractice
Obtained favorable settlement through mediation on behalf of a major pharmaceutical company in a case over disputes relating to royalties and licensing of certain patent technology
Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of a large oil and gas company in a case relating to a train derailment
Obtained summary judgment and complete dismissals of four separate airplane crash product liability collective actions on behalf of major aviation and aerospace defense client based on the product line exception of successor liability
Obtained summary judgment and damages of nearly $25 million for a client in a guaranty enforcement action
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a trust client in Delaware Chancery Court that was later affirmed by the Delaware Supreme Court
Secured favorable settlement for multiple pro bono clients in Section 1983 cases
Obtained favorable settlement for a resin manufacturer during arbitration relating to a breach of contract
McDermott Will & Emery, Professional Development Outstanding Mentor Award, 2017
McDermott Will & Emery, Outstanding Achievement and Commitment to Pro Bono and Service in the Community Award, 2017
University of Illinois College of Law, Rickert Award for excellence in trial advocacy
Education University of Illinois College of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 2013 University of Missouri, BA, summa cum laude, 2010
Admissions Illinois Missouri
Courts/ Agencies US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit US District Court for the Central District of Illinois US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar) US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
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