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Overview

Dan Luther represents individuals, families, trusts and closely-held businesses in connection with their legal matters. Most often, he advises as to how to minimize tax liability and preserve wealth. Dan also regularly acts as an advocate for persons involved in challenging legal circumstances with their families or business partners.

Spoken Languages

  • English

Experience

  • General Counsel of Indianapolis Colts, Inc., January 2001 to March 2003.  Special Counsel since 2003.  Represents client, a professional sports franchise, in all facets of risk management and legal operations. Lead counsel in the negotiations for the lease and construction of Lucas Oil Stadium.
  • Represented the purchaser of the Portland expansion franchise in Major League Soccer and in the related stadium deal (2009-2010).
  • Russell Best v. Mariea Best, Boone County, Indiana, represented husband in connection with property division, child custody and guardianship dispute over 12 year period.
  • In re Marion Pokoik Dick Trust, Surrogate Court, New York City. 2007-2013, represented trustee against claim for breach of trust.
  • Sale of Best Access Systems, Fall 2002. Represented majority shareholder in sale of company to The Stanley Works for $310 million and settlement of related dissident shareholder’s suit.
  • Estate of Robert Irsay, Circuit Court of Cook County, 1997. Represented the interest of decedent's son in estate dispute over family business against stepmother. One of the largest estate disputes in the Midwest during the 1990s, the case settled favorably, with the son retaining complete control of business.
  • Representation of a large university in connection with its planned giving matters.
  • Estate of Joseph L. Bernardin, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, 1996. Joseph L. Bernardin was the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Chicago.
  • Taught LLM class on fiduciary income tax at DePaul law school.  

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, JD, magna cum laude

Order of the Coif

Georgetown University, AB, magna cum laude

Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Illinois

Court

  • US Tax Court
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois