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David W. Inlander

T: 312 726-0440 ext. 215
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Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice
Decalogue Society of Lawyers


Admitted to Practice: 1975
State of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Member, Federal Trial Bar

David Inlander is Managing Partner of Fischel & Kahn.

He is a seasoned family law attorney with a focus on complex matrimonial mediation, collaborative and cooperative resolution processes for sophisticated clients. He also has extensive experience in chancery, trust and probate, and professional liability litigation in addition to his representation of professionals and entrepreneurs.

His skills as a mediator stem from more than 40 years of experience as a leading litigator in both state and federal courts, as he regularly guides challenging cases to resolution.

David is an active member of the Cooperative Divorce Attorneys of Chicago and is engaged in the expansion of alternative dispute resolution methods for high-end matrimonial cases. Utilizing this approach, the parties – not the attorneys and judges – drive the negotiations to an amicable resolution. He continuously refines and deepens his mediation skills, including completing an intensive course at Northwestern University in divorce mediation skills.

David has been active in the American Jewish Committee (AJC) for decades, currently serving as the Chair of the Interreligious Affairs Commission. This global role involves creating and shaping policy and has included multiple audiences with Pope Francis, as well as meetings with the highest levels of religious leadership in the United States and around the world, from Mexico City to Istanbul and Israel to India. In 2017 his work with the AJC was chronicled in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in a piece called “Spanning the globe to help ‘repair the world.

David is the current Vice Chair of the prestigious Illinois State Bar Association Bench & Bar Section Council and regularly pens articles for its newsletter.

Professional Honors:
David was honored as a 2017 Illinois Super Lawyer, selected by his peers as one of the top 5% of the profession in the area of General Litigation and Family Law. Super Lawyers also named him one of the top 100 general litigation attorneys in the State of Illinois.

David was also selected as a Leading Lawyer of Illinois for 2017, in addition to being selected as one of 2017’s top 5% of attorneys in Illinois by Best Lawyers in America, in the areas of Family Law, General Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Northwestern University, Divorce Mediation Skills Training Certificate Program, 2016
Loyola University, J.D. with honors, 1975
Note and Comment Editor, Loyola Law Journal
Vanderbilt University and University of Illinois, B.A. cum laude, 1972
Pennsylvania judge takes a bold stand against unprofessional conduct, Co-authors David W. Inlander  and Ronald D. Menna, Jr.,  volume 46, no. 2 Bench & Bar (The newsletter of the ISBA Bench & Bar Section Council, September, 2015), Trial Briefs, October, 2015, vol. 61, no. 3 (The newsletter of the ISBA’s Section on Civil Practice & Procedure). (Also published in ISBA Trial Briefs, October 2015, Vol. 61 No. 3)
Lawyer shopping as a sword: It’s time to stop this abuse,  Co-Authors David W. Inlander and Deborah Jo Soehlig, volume 45, no. 4, Bench & Bar (The newsletter of the ISBA Bench & Bar Section Council, October, 2014)
“Strive Mightily”: Some Thoughts on Civility and the Illinois Bar
An Article by David W. Inlander and Ronald D. Menna, Jr., ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, volume 43, no. 9, May 2013
Deposition Advocacy: A Step Too Far?
Co-Authors David W. Inlander and Deborah Jo Soehlig, volume 42, no. 5, Bench & Bar (The newsletter of the ISBA Bench & Bar Section Council, May, 2012)
Perception v. Reality:  Money in Judicial Elections
An Article by David W. Inlander and Ronald D. Menna, Jr. in the March, 2011 edition of Bench & Bar 
When can a judge judge whether a judge can judge?
In Re The Estate of Mary Ann Wilson, 238 Ill.2d 519 (2010). A  Review of the standards and proper procedure for petition of substitution of a judge as analyzed by the Illinois Supreme Court. Co-Authors David W. Inlander and Deborah Jo Soehlig, co-authors. vol. 41, no. 6, Bench & Bar (The newsletter of the ISBA's Bench & Bar Section Council, June 2011), ISBA, 2011
“Civility and Professionalism in 2015”
Illinois State Bar Association Bench & Bar Section,
Chicago Kent College of Law, April, 2015
“Civility and Professionalism in 2013”
Illinois State Bar Association Bench & Bar Section, Loyola University
in Chicago, April, 2013
“Recent Trends in Discovery: Pitfalls of IL. SCR 216 Requests to Admit,” ISBA CLE FEST, Chicago, IL June, 2010


Julie P. Brett

Edward F. "Bud" Dobbins

 Morris G. Dyner

 Joel H. Fenchel

Suzanne Glade

David W. Inlander

Robert W. Kaufman

Ronald D. Menna, Jr.

Peter J. Miller

 Mark R. Rosenbaum

Peter J. Schmiedel

David Seidman

Deborah Jo Soehlig