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John D. Dalton is a co-managing partner of the KDV Chicago office and concentrates his practice in professional liability, insurance coverage and general liability/commercial litigation. He is an author in the areas of school law, environmental liability and insurance coverage. He has given seminars on various issues regarding legal ethics, insurance coverage and policy interpretation. He is a member of the American, Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations. He was also a member of the Insurance Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association from 1999 to 2005.

Mr. Dalton defends attorneys, insurance agents, Registered Investment Advisors, Broker/Dealers, condominium associations, design professionals, architects & engineers, accountants, actuaries and psychiatrists. He represents companies, board members, directors and shareholders in numerous commercial disputes, including claims under the TCPA, FDCPA, ERISA, and related state statutes. He also represents insurance carriers nationwide in complex coverage and bath faith litigation and advised insurers regarding difficult coverage issues that often arise in Illinois, such as estoppel and targeted tender. Mr. Dalton has expertise handling coverage matters involving general liability, construction defect, environmental, errors & omissions, and directors & officers policies. He also advises insurance companies on drafting policy provisions to keep up with changes in the law. Mr. Dalton has provided expert testimony on behalf of carriers in Illinois insurance coverage litigation. He is the firm’s representative and active in the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois.

He has obtained successful results at the appellate level in both defense and coverage cases. Specifically, he represented the defendant psychiatrist and hospital in Bloom v. Braun where the Illinois First District Appellate Court limited the use of alleged fraudulent concealment to toll the statutes of limitations or repose. Also, he represented the insurance carrier in Tudor Insurance v. Valuemetrics where the same court limited the usually broad duty to defend, in holding that the insurer had no duty to defend when the underlying lawsuit did not state a negligence claim, because there was no direct duty from the insured to the plaintiff.

Mr. Dalton received an AV rating through Martindale – Hubbell. In 1989, he was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois.


  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court
    • Northern District of Illinois
    • Central District of Illinois
    • Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • Sixth Circuit
    • Seventh Circuit
  • Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois


  • The John Marshall Law School – J.D.
  • Illinois Wesleyan University – B.A
  • AV rating from Martindale – Hubbell
Super Lawyers Martindale Hubbel AV Preeminent Law 360