Daniel W. Linna Jr. is a Visiting Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. His teaching and research focus on innovation and technology, including computational law, artificial intelligence, data analytics, leadership, operations, and innovation frameworks. Dan is also an affiliated faculty member at CodeX – the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics.

Dan joined Northwestern from Michigan State University College of Law, where he was a Professor of Law in Residence and the founder and Director of LegalRnD – The Center for Legal Services Innovation. At Michigan State, Dan taught Quantitative Analysis for Lawyers, Litigation {Data, Theory, Practice, & Process}, Entrepreneurial Lawyering, and Lawyer Ethics and Regulation in a Technology-Driven World. Dan has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School, where he taught Negotiation and Legal Technology & Innovation: Legal-Service Delivery in the 21st Century.

Dan began his legal career with a one-year judicial clerkship for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge James L. Ryan. After his clerkship, he joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, an Am Law 200 firm headquartered in Detroit. Dan was a litigator and member of Honigman’s Automotive and Manufacturing; e-Discovery and Information Management; Commercial Transactions; and Social, Mobile, and Emerging Media groups. In 2013, Dan was elected equity partner.

Dan received his BA from the University of Michigan, received a second BA and an MA in public policy and administration from Michigan State University, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.

Before law school, Dan was an information technology manager, developer, and consultant. His work included developing dynamic, data-driven websites, computerizing and automating business processes, and building enterprise information systems.

Dan is a co-founder of the Chicago Legal Innovation & Technology meetup group. He was named to the 2015 Fastcase 50 as a person who has charted a new course for the delivery of legal services. He was inducted in 2018 as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. He is Vice Chair of the Legal Analytics Committee of the ABA Business Law Section. Dan is also a co-director of the Institute for the Future of Law Practice.