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

William 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 nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, 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, and the Illinois Supreme Court.

Bar Association and Other Memberships

Mr. Daniels is a member of the Wisconsin bar, the Illinois bar, the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin 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, Will 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. For the past several years, Will has been an adjunct professor at The John Marshall School of Law where he teaches classes on ERISA fundamentals, merger and acquisition issues arising from ERISA and a detailed course on ERISA fiduciary issues.

Will gives back to his community through his work with the Village of Wilmette. He sat as a commissioner on the Wilmette Youth Commission for three years.  In 2012, he was appointed by the Village to sit on the Human Relations Commission.  The purpose of the Human Relations Commission is to further a comprehensive program of resident-oriented services in the Village of Wilmette through the resources of voluntary associations, governmental units and private agencies. Will is also a member of the Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club whose mission is to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.  In 2012, Will was awarded Rotarian Of The Year for upholding and furthering the principles and ideals of Rotary.

He has sat on the board of directors of various not-for-profit organizations and in 2004 he was honored with the Chicago Pro Bono Award for his work in juvenile delinquency.

Outside of his practice, Will'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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