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Dan Ebner

Daniel Ebner


Dan Ebner, J.D.

Dan Ebner is a partner at Prather Ebner LLP where he focuses his practice on representing trustees, beneficiaries, not-for-profit entities, and shareholders in closely-held businesses in litigation involving wills, trusts, and breach of fiduciary duty. He also represents fiduciaries in uncontested trust administrations, probate proceedings, and guardianships.

Dan represents clients in sensitive disputes, often involving family members and trusted advisors. When possible, his advice is focused on helping clients resolve their problems while preserving important relationships. When necessary, he represents clients in contentious litigation. Dan’s experience reflects his dual roles helping clients amicably settle disputes or stand up for their rights in court.

During law school, Dan became a licensed mediator in Massachusetts helping litigants amicably settle disputes. As a research assistant to Professor Elizabeth Warren, he researched the role the legal system plays in creating and resolving financial challenges facing families.

Following law school, Dan worked as a Federal District Court law clerk for the Honorable Samuel Hardy Mays in the Western District of Tennessee where he saw firsthand how judges approach a wide array of cases and how lawyers can affect their decisions.  Following his clerkship, Dan practiced in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis from 2005 to 2010 where he worked on all aspects of hard fought multi-million dollar commercial lawsuits. Dan’s time at Kirkland gave him extensive experience in using documentary evidence, lay witnesses, expert witnesses, discovery requests, and written motions to prepare a compelling case for trial.

Dan frequently writes and presents on trust, estate, and fiduciary litigation including:

  • “Ethics Considerations for Attorneys Serving on Nonprofit Boards,” included in Practicing Law Institute’s course handbook for the program, “Serving on a Nonprofit Board 2019: Practical and Ethical Considerations for Attorneys”, July 31, 2019

  • “Turns out Fiduciary Means You Have to Give It Back: An Introduction to Estate & Trust Litigation - Interpretation and Construction of Wills and Trusts” – American Bar Association Community Outreach Program, April 19, 2017

  • “Into the Breach: Should a Trustee Have to Look to France (or any third party) to Finance a Defense? Assessing Issues in Using Trust Funds to Defend the Trustee's Conduct” – American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law’s Spring Symposia, May 13, 2016

  • “Ethics Considerations for Attorneys Serving on Nonprofit Boards,” ABA Section of Litigation Ethics and Professionalism Committee Newsletter, Spring 2015, Vol. 8 No. 1

  • “Ethics and Estate Litigation: Keep on Track and Out of Trouble” – American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law 24th Annual Spring Symposia, May 2013

  • “Shutting Down a Fiduciary Who Is Misusing Trust Assets,” Probate & Property, January / February 2013, vol. 27, no. 1

In addition, Dan taught legal writing at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, taught “Wills and Trusts” at DePaul University College of Law, and serves as vice-chair for the Probate and Fiduciary Litigation Committee of the ABA’s Section of Real Property Trusts and Estates. Dan also has been quoted in Crain’s Chicago Business about trust and estate issues and was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as an Illinois Trust & Estate Litigation Rising Star in 2014, 2015, and 2017.

Dan is also active in the community. He serves on Lambda Legal’s National Leadership Council and is past President of the Harvard Law Society of Illinois.

Dan graduated summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering in 2000.  He received his M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2002.  Dan received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2004.