William T. Daniels
William T. DanielsOf-Counsel

515 North State Street

Suite 2800

Chicago, Illinois  60654

phone: 312.467.9800

fax: 312.467.9479


William T. Daniels

Legal Experience

Mr. Daniels is an attorney in the firm’s Employee Benefits Department where he works with corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, multiemployer plans and tax-exempt entities and organizations. He advises clients on a variety of retirement plan and other employee benefit plan matters, including the design, amendment, administration and termination of pension, profit sharing, 401(k), employee stock ownership and welfare benefit plans and trusts.  He also counsels clients on withdrawal liability, employee benefits litigation, and fiduciary responsibility issues under ERISA.  He has represented clients before the IRS, Department of Labor and the District Courts of Illinois and Wisconsin.

Admissions Information

Mr. Daniels is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, The United States District Court for the Northern Indiana and the Illinois Supreme Court.

Bar Association and Other Memberships

Mr. Daniel’s is a member of the Wisconsin bar, the Illinois bar, the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the Northern District of Indiana and the trial bar of the Northern District of Illinois.

Education Summary

Mr. Daniels received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and an LL.M. in Labor Law from Georgetown University Law Center.

Personal Data

An established writer and speaker, Mr. Daniels has authored a number of articles and publications on employee benefit topics, notably his contribution to ERISA Compliance and Enforcement Strategy Guide published by the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (BNA). He frequently speaks to professional and business audiences on a variety of practical employee benefit issues.  Mr. Daniels has been an adjunct professor at The John Marshall School of Law since 2002 where he teaches classes on ERISA fiduciary issues, merger and acquisition issues arising from ERISA and a detailed course on ERISA fundamentals.

Mr. Daniels gives back to his community through his work with the Village of Wilmette.  He was appointed by the Village to sit on the Human Relations Commission.  Mr. Daniels also co-chairs Adventure Guides for the North Suburban YMCA. 

He has sat on the board of directors of various not-for-profit organizations and in 2012 he was honored with the Rotarian of the Year Award for his work in fundraising.


Outside of his practice, Mr. Daniel's interests include skiing, sailing, spending time with his young family and indulging in his passion for writing fiction.  Mr. Daniels lives in Wilmette with his wife and two children.

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