Facts about Dan Kaufman

Councilman Dan Kaufman Marches in the Highland Park Fourth of July ParadeCivic Involvement

  • Councilman, Highland Park City Council (July 2011-present)
    • Human Services Task Force, member
    • Ravinia Business District Streetscape Advisory Committee, member
    • Liaison to Library Board, Transportation, and Ravinia Festival Community Relations Commissions.
  • Housing Commission, past Chair, Commissioner.
    • Chair, Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee
    • One of the architects of the Highland Park Affordable Housing Plan
  • Human Relations Commission, past Commissioner.
  • Illinois State Housing Appeals Board, (2012 – Present )

Community Service

  • Jewish Council for Youth Services, past President
  • City Year Chicago, past Board member
  • Economic Club of Chicago, member, Chair of Attorney Sub-committee of the Membership Committee, past Chair of Reception Committee,
  • University of Chicago Law School Visiting Committee, past member


Dan Kaufman for Highland Park City Council
  •  Michael Best & Friedrich, partner, specializing in employment law, litigation and education law
    • Served as Chicago Office Managing Partner (9 years)
    • Served on Firm’s Management Committee (3 years)
  • Professional Awards
    • Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the Judges of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
    • Named to Best Lawyers in America, Illinois Leading Lawyer, and Illinois Super Lawyer; Named one of Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers by The Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal


  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
  • Amherst College, B.A, with honors, Phi Beta Kappa


Dan and his wife, Amy, live in Ravinia and have two children, Dana and Jake, who attended Highland Park schools. Dan’s mom, Beki, still lives in HP.

Fun Facts

  • First President of Wayne Thomas Student Council
  • Appeared before City Council as Northwood Jr. High President to advocate for a bike path linking the Highlands with downtown Highland Park.
  • Portrayed in an episode of Mad About You. (Yes, the actor looked just like Dan. No, it wasn’t actually Dan.)
  • “Performed” stand-up comedy at Chicago area comedy clubs and other venues