Daniel A. Huntley is a partner in the transactional group, concentrating his practice in corporate law, real estate law, estate and trust law and agribusiness law. Originally from Rochelle, Illinois, his clients range from multi-national corporations to local family-owned businesses to individuals.
Outside of his law practice, Daniel enjoys pheasant hunting, nature conservation, golf, the Georgetown Hoyas, and northern Wisconsin.
J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law, cum laude
B.S., Georgetown University
Prior to graduating from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Daniel spent the summer of his first year of law school assisting individuals who sought to obtain a mortgage modification under the FHA’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). Daniel spent his second summer clerking for a prominent Rockford law firm concentrating in business matters for locally owned small to mid-size businesses. He also organized and coordinated the Maurer School of Law’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which assisted, on average, 400 individuals in the preparation and filing of their income taxes each year.
At WilliamsMcCarthy LLP, Daniel focuses on advising family owned and medium size businesses on corporate organization and governance issues, mergers and acquisitions, closely held business sales, commercial contract drafting and review, commercial lease drafting and review, commercial and residential real estate transactions, and trusts and estates. His experience includes:
Daniel also assists individual clients in crafting and administering estate plans, including both wills and trusts, that balance their goals in protecting wealth from one generation to the next, providing for the efficient and orderly administration of estates, and, where possible, minimizing estate tax. Daniel also advises fiduciary trustees and executors in situations of contested wills, contested trusts, will construction, contested estate administration, fiduciary fraud, and claims of undue influence. His experience includes:
A product of four generations of Illinois corn and pork farmers, Daniel has the knowledge and hands-on experience counseling family farms and farming operations on business succession planning, farmland sales and acquisitions, and estate tax planning. His experience includes:
Since 2017, Daniel has been recognized by Leading Lawyers as an Emerging Lawyer in the areas of Closely & Privately Held Business Law, Commercial Litigation, Residential Real Estate Law, and Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law.
Daniel is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Winnebago County Bar Association, and the Ogle County Bar Association. He also is active in professional and community groups, and has served on the Board of Directors for Shelter Care Ministries and as a Community Advisor to the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. Currently he serves on the Real Estate Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association and as a Director and Vice President of the Board of Directors at Severson Dells Nature Center. In addition to board service, Daniel advises individuals through Prairie State Legal Services’ Volunteer Lawyer Program and also serves as pro bono legal counsel to Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. and Ogle County Habitat for Humanity, Inc., among others.