Joel B. Daniel

(312) 219-6900

Joel Daniel is an attorney in Watt Tieder’s Chicago office, licensed in Illinois and Texas. He concentrates his national practice in the areas of construction law, complex commercial litigation, suretyship and insurance coverage.

Joel has represented all manner of construction industry clients including owners/developers, architects, structural and professional engineers, design-builders, contractors, specialty subcontractors, systems integrators and suppliers. He has extensive experience in contract drafting and negotiation, as well as resolving disputes though pre-suit negotiation, and, when necessary, through litigation, arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods.

Joel provides a full range of transactional and litigation services to his clients, advising them on contract preparation, administration and termination, payment disputes, mechanics liens and surety claims and defenses. The firm and its clients benefit from Joel’s legal acumen and deep knowledge of legal and practical issues surrounding defective design, delay and disruption, geotechnical and forensic investigation, differing site conditions, wrongful termination, contract interpretation, risk allocation, surety bonds, mechanics liens and insurance coverage. In representing his construction industry clients at trial, arbitration and mediation, Joel has achieved client victories in high-stakes disputes involving claims exceeding $100,000,000.00. He has also handled a variety of complex commercial litigation matters in trial and appellate courts, including claims involving insurance coverage, contract interpretation, land use, common law fraud, deceptive business practices, partnership disputes, economic torts, creditors’ rights, and employment matters.

Prior to joining Watt Tieder, Joel practiced construction law and commercial litigation in the Chicago office of a respected international law firm, where he represented some of the World’s largest and most recognizable professional design firms and their insurers.

Joel received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 2013, where he was a member of the Texas International Law Journal. He also spent a semester studying European and International Business Law at Université Jean Moulin Lyon III, in Lyon, France.

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America: 2021 (Insurance Law), 2022 (Insurance Law) and 2023 (Litigation – Construction; Insurance Law).

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)
  • American Subcontractors Association – National (ASA)
  • Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
    • Chicagoland Associated General Contractors (Chicagoland AGC)
    • AGC of Texas – Highway Heavy Utilities Industrial Branch
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Construction Law Section

Reported/Published/Unpublished Opinions

  • 1541 North Bosworth Condominium Association v. Hanna Architects, Inc., 2021 IL App (1st) 200594, 196 N.E.3d 1108, appeal denied, 187 N.E.3d 704 (Ill. 2022).
  • Harleysville Ins. Co. v. Mohr Architecture, Inc., 2021 IL App (1st) 192427, 198 N.E.3d 1038.
  • Ritacca Laser Ctr. v. Brydges, 2018 IL App (2d) 160989, 100 N.E.3d 569.
  • GK Dev., Inc. v. Iowa Malls Fin. Corp., 2016 IL App (1st) 151584-U.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker: “WTHF Lunch & Learn: False Claims: Lessons for Protecting Sureties,” April, 2023.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction
  • Surety
  • Commercial Litigation


  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2013
  • Dallas Baptist University, B.A., 2009

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas