As a first-year consultant within Navigant’s disputes and investigations practice in Chicago, Daniel Chao works with a team of professionals to help clients solve business litigation matters.

The expertise Navigant professionals are able to bring to clients is bar none. The firm’s collaborative culture, the people, and our core values make us stand out in the marketplace.


Daniel was introduced to Navigant at a recruiting event in college. After graduation, Daniel explored his future, and Navigant proved to be the right fit for his career progression. Since joining the firm, Daniel says he has learned a great deal from senior level managers on his team. He has taken advantage of professional development opportunities within the firm to expand his experience to span a broad spectrum of business areas and he looks forward to continued growth, learning, and additional responsibilities within Navigant.


Daniel’s day-to-day activities vary, but with each new day, he is challenged both externally and internally within the firm. As a consultant, the majority of Daniel’s time is spent performing data analysis, working alongside team members, and presenting his findings to senior leadership. Throughout his time at Navigant, Daniel has worked on tax controversies, economic damage cases, and risk/compliance projects. Daniel’s most recent work has been part of designing and testing internal controls for a key financial mortgage servicer. He helped design and perform test procedures with the goal of assessing the effectiveness of current controls surrounding compliance in the mortgage loan servicing and default businesses area. The client and Navigant senior management rely on Daniel and his colleagues’ assessments to provide strategic business recommendations based on their findings.


Daniel is passionate about giving back to his community and mentoring local youth. He participates in Navigant-sponsored Corporate Citizenship activities, including the North Kenwood/Oakland Charter School mentorship program, where he tutors fourth and fifth graders once a month and is able to make a strong impact on tomorrow’s leaders.


According to Daniel, Navigant’s culture promotes collaboration. The disputes and investigations practice developed a workspace conducive to teamwork, brainstorming, and collective thinking. Daniel is proud to work for a company that challenges the status quo and rewards new ideas.


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