Daniel Cotter, vice president, general counsel and secretary for Fidelity Life Association, will be installed as the 138th president of The Chicago Bar Association (CBA) at its annual luncheon meeting on June 26 at the Standard Club in Chicago. He will serve a one-year term.
A 1988 magna cum laude graduate of Monmouth College, Cotter serves on MC’s board of trustees. His awards at Monmouth include the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award in 2001 and induction into the M Club Hall of Fame the following year.
Prior to joining Fidelity Life in April 2013, Cotter was a founding partner of Korey Cotter Heather & Richardson, LLC. Previously, he was chair of the Corporate, Transactional and Regulatory Group at Lindemann LLC, Downers Grove. Other experience includes serving as vice president and deputy general counsel at Argo Group U.S., Inc. and senior counsel with Unitrin Inc. A certified CPA, he has also worked as an accountant at the insurance giant, CNA.
Cotter is the 1st vice president of the John Marshall Law School Alumni Association and serves on the board of the John Marshall Law School Board of Visitors, the Chicago Bar Foundation and the Advisory Council for Alliant Credit Union. He is an adjunct professor at John Marshall School of Law.
His community service includes serving as chair of the Edgebrook Public District for seven years, a Boy Scouts Eagle Board of Review chair and annual fundraising for the CBA's Lend A Hand-to-Youth program. In his spare time, Cotter is a champion weight lifter, often using his competitive events to raise money for charitable causes, including Lend A-Hand-to-Youth.
After earning his bachelor's degree in accounting at Monmouth, Cotter earned his law degree from The John Marshall Law School, graduating first in his class. At John Marshall, he competed in the John Marshall/ABA National Criminal Defense Lawyers National Mock Trial Competition and was an editor for the Law Review, while working full-time at CNA as an accountant.