Meet Dan Kaufman

Dan Kaufman is running to retain his seat on the Highland Park City Council in the April 4, 2017 election.


Highland Park City Councilman Dan Kaufman

Dan’s experienced, trusted leadership is a tremendous asset on the Council. I look forward to continuing to work with Dan as we move Highland Park forward together. – Mayor Nancy Rotering

As a nearly lifelong active resident of Highland Park, Dan knows the issues facing Highland Park and has a long standing track record of serving the community.  “It has been an honor to serve on the Council. I am running to continue the work I have begun with the Mayor and my fellow Councilmen to keep moving us forward for the betterment of our residents and community in general,” remarked Kaufman. “In particular, I want to help us make further progress in key areas, such as ensuring fiscal stability, investing in our critical infrastructure and core government services, promoting economic development, and enhancing our human services.”

Professionally, Dan is a partner at Michael Best and Friedrich in Chicago, where he specializes in employment law, litigation and education law.  His employment law experience is invaluable as personnel is the largest single expense in the City’s budget.  Dan formerly served on the firm’s Management Committee and as Managing Partner of the Chicago office.

Aside from his community service in Highland Park, Dan also has served as the President of the Board of the Jewish Council for Youth Services, as a member of the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School and a member of the Board of City Year Chicago.

After Highland Park High School, Dan attended Amherst College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with honors. He went on to earn his J.D. at the University of Chicago Law School, where he met his wife Amy. Their children, Dana and Jake, also had the opportunity to attend Highland Park schools. Dan’s mother, Beki Kaufman,still calls Highland Park home.

Among his fondest memories of growing up in Highland Park are appearing before the City Council as an eighth grader to argue for a bike path linking the Highlands to downtown Highland Park, teaching tennis for the Highland Park Park District, playing neighborhood backyard ice hockey games, and watching the soap box derby in downtown Highland Park on the Fourth of July.

Dan played on the Highland Park High School tennis team and continues to play with some of his former teammates. He also enjoys running on the Green Bay Trail and trying his hand at performing stand-up comedy when the occasion arises. Dan has found that aside from providing some laughs, a sense of humor fosters collaborative efforts and excellent results in his civic and professional lives.

For more information, please email Dan at or call him at 847- 209 -0956.