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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 general practice attorney with a focus on complex family law, civil, chancery, trust and probate, and professional liability litigation.

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

David is an active member of the Cooperative Divorce Attorneys of Chicago and is engaged in the development of a cooperative and collaborative law model for high-end matrimonial cases. This new model strives to have the parties – not the attorneys and judges – drive the negotiations to an amicable resolution. He is a trained mediator after having completed 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.

He routinely speaks to a variety of high-profile audiences, including at the Interreligious Observance in memory of Cardinal Francis George at Holy Name Cathedral in 2015, at the 2015 and 2014 AJC Global Forum and at the AJC Nostra Aetate at 50 Celebration.

David is the current Secretary of the Illinois State Bar Association Bench & Bar Section Council and regularly pens articles for its newsletter. He is annually honored by Illinois Super Lawyers, Leading Lawyers and Best Lawyers as one of the top 5% attorneys in the state of Illinois in the areas of Family Law and General Litigation. He has also been named to the Best Lawyers list in the area of Family Law.

Professional Honors:
David has recently been honored as a 2016 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 Mr. Inlander one of the top 100 general litigation attorneys in the State of Illinois.

David has also been selected as a Leading Lawyer of Illinois for 2016 and 2017, in addition to being selected as one of 2016’s top 5% of attorneys in Illinois by Best Lawyers in America, both in the areas of Family Law, General Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). 

David is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level of professional excellence in ethical standards and legal ability, and has a perfect 10.0 rating from AVVO.

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