Daniel Berkowitz focuses his practice on representing insurers in complex insurance coverage litigation arising under general liability, director and officer, and professional liability policies. He also handles matters involving claims of bad faith and provides strategic counseling to clients regarding potential liability and strategies for handling underlying liability matters.
Dan appears regularly in state and federal court, representing clients in all matters of litigation, including pre-suit counseling and advice, motion practice, discovery and mediation.
Dan joined Aronberg Goldgehn as an associate in October 2016. He previously was an associate with a boutique litigation firm in Chicago where he handled more than a dozen subrogation cases at a time, recovering a total of $1.2 million in 2015 for one client in property subrogation matters.
While a student at the Michigan State University College of Law, Dan worked as a judicial intern for Hon. Patrick M. Meter of the Michigan Court of Appeals and as an intern with the Ottawa and Ingham County (Michigan) Prosecutor's Offices. In those positions, he gained valuable experience in appellate research and writing as well as trial skills, including conducting three jury trials from jury selection to final verdict.
Dan also completed an intensive, two-year litigation focused certification program, the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute, earning a certification in Trial Practice upon graduation. He received the Jurisprudence Award for highest grade in class for the Pre-Trial II and Criminal Trial courses in the program. Dan was also a member of the Moot Court & Trial Advocacy Board, the Jewish Legal Society and Student Ambassadors.
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
Dan has recently presented "Illinois Workers Compensation Update: Exclusivity Under Attack," at a private client seminar, Oct. 15, 2019.
In addition, he is a regular contributor to Aronberg Goldgehn's Insurance Coverage Update, including:
“Property Renovation Decisions After Bank Downgrade Not Related to Earlier Risky Lending Practices; Retroactive Exclusion Inapplicable,” Insurance Coverage Update, Jan. 31, 2018.
"Incorporating Asbestos Into Products Is Single Occurrence in Illinois," Insurance Coverage Update, Dec. 8, 2017.
"Short-Term Director Is Still a “Director” for Application of IvI Exclusion," Insurance Coverage Update, Oct. 11, 2017.
"Transfer of Entity’s Claim Against D&Os to Liquidating Trustee Doesn’t Avoid IvI Exclusion," Insurance Coverage Update, Aug. 11, 2017.
"Suits By Same Creditor on Same Debt Deemed Unrelated, But Late Notice Bars Coverage," Insurance Coverage Update, April 7, 2017.
"D&O Coverage Suit Defeated By Insured v. Insured Exclusion," Insurance Coverage Update, March 2, 2017.
"Mother’s Participation in Lawsuit As Insured Person Sinks Daughters’ Claims Under Insured v. Insured Exclusion," Insurance Coverage Update, Jan. 31, 2017.
He is also Co-Author of “From Envirodyne and Beyond: The Use of Extrinsic Evidence to Defeat and Create a Duty to Defend in Illinois,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 3, Third Quarter 2015.
Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2014
Boston College, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, 2011
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
- Illinois, 2014
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2017
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2017
- Chicago Bar Association
In his free time, Daniel enjoys testing his skills in the kitchen, traveling to explore new places or meet up with old friends, and participating in sports – real or fantasy.
What is one item on your bucket list? Eat Sushi in Japan.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a lawyer? I'd be an Owner and Operator of a Greasy Spoon Breakfast & Lunch spot.
What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on? Studying Abroad in Melbourne, Australia.
What is your favorite restaurant? Dove’s Luncheonette
What is something most people don’t know about you? I am an avid Australian Rules Football fan. Go Saints!