Dana is the Chair of the Injunction and Insurance Groups, as well as a member of the Litigation group. She primarily focuses her practice on representing commercial and business clients in complex contract challenges and business disputes.  Dana has particular experience in counseling on shareholder and corporate rights, as well as litigating business divorces. Additionally, a large part of her practice involves representing clients in urgent matters requiring injunctive relief.  As chair of the Injunction Group, she coordinates the resources of that Group to ensure that client needs are met when emergencies arise. Dana routinely handles contract, non-competition, corporate governance and other emergent business disputes requiring immediate injunctive relief. In her capacity as Chair of the Insurance Group, she regularly counsels clients on coverage issues and disputes.

What does Dana do for Clients?
Dana’s view of any dispute, whether purely business or involving family matters, is practical. Dana counsels clients on every aspect of a case and advises how to approach a situation so that the client gets the best possible result for them, whether that means heading to court or facilitating an out of court resolution. Much of Dana’s practice includes pre-litigation and/or pre-deal strategy, so that the matter can be set up for ultimate success and handled in the most efficient, cost effective manner possible. While she appreciates that not every client desires to litigate, Dana is at heart a trial lawyer, and is not afraid handle a matter before a court, mediator, or arbitrator.

How does Dana spend her free time?
In her free time, Dana enjoys spending time with her young daughter and dog.  She also enjoys donating her time to the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, where she sits on the Executive Committee as Treasurer for the Board of Directors.


Represented public utility corporation in eminent domain matters and provided litigation counseling on $3 billion pipeline infrastructure project

Represented landowners in various condemnation and compensation proceedings against PennDOT

Represented clients in federal, state, and appellate courts regarding disputes as to entity ownership and control in corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies

Represented large financial institution in several cases arising out of the same set of facts relevant to an approximate $3 million collection effort

Represented nationally recognized store in landlord/tenant matters before the American Arbitration Association

Represented nationally known real estate development and management company in complex tax assessment appeal litigation regarding issues of constitutionality of tax assessment appeals


Duquesne University, B.A., Political Science, 2005, summa cum laude

The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University, J.D., 2008, magna cum laude, Woolsack Honor Society, Paul Stevens Award, Penn State Law Review, Articles Editor


The Best Lawyers in America®, 2019-present

Pennsylvania Rising Stars®, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Lawyers on the Fast Track, The Legal Intelligencer, 2018

Select Lawyers, 2014, 2015, 2016

YWCA Tribute to Women of Excellence Award, 2015



Pennsylvania Bar Association

Dauphin County Bar Association, Court Relations Committee

Pennsylvania Bar Association High School Mock Trial Competition, District Coordinator South Central Pennsylvania Region; Regional Coordinator South Central Pennsylvania

United Way of the Capital Region’s Women’s Leadership Network, Advisory Council Member

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Man & Woman of the Year Executive Leadership Team

American Cancer Society: Committee, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Harrisburg; Chair-Sponsorship subcommittee; Steering Committee, Central Pennsylvania Region Daffodil Days Campaign; 2013 Campaign Chairperson, 2012 Sponsorship Campaign Co-Chair

Girls on the Run Capital Region, 5K Committee Member; Board Member/Executive Committee

Leadership Harrisburg Area, Community Leadership Series

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Board of Directors (2020- Present); Executive Committee (2022)


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court – Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Bar Admissions



October 15, 2020 - Coffee, Meditation and Perspective: A Look at a Morning Routine
The Legal Intelligencer

May 11, 2020 - Business Interruption Insurance: An Uncertain Path
McNees Insurance Law Update

December 1, 2019 - How a Recent Eminent Domain Decision Changed the Rules
Corporate Counsel Business Journal

December 5, 2019 - 'Knick v. Township of Scott': Just an Eminent Domain Case?
The Legal Intelligencer

August 13, 2019 - How The Recent U.S. Supreme Court Case Of Knick v. Township Of Scott Could Be Buying Everyone More Trips To The Federal Courthouse
McNees Advocate Alert

August 22, 2018 - Rancosky: The (Clarified) Insurance Bad Faith Standard

March 7, 2018 - Sewer Authorities Could Owe Compensation For Repeated Sewage Overflows

August 22, 2017 - Municipalities Can Be Held Liable for the Actions (and Words) of Their Officials

April 7, 2017 - Piercing the Corporate Veil: Now or Later?

February 2, 2017 - I Have a Judgment, Now What? Priority of Judgments

December 13, 2016 - Satisfying a Monetary Judgment Through Garnishment or Sheriff Sale
The Legal Intelligencer

September 27, 2016 - How Adverse Possession Can Affect The Eminent Domain Process

August 11, 2016 - Do the Provisions of the Judicial Code Automatically Apply in Eminent Domain Cases? The Commonwealth Court Recently Said No.

August 10, 2016 - Potential Liabilities Related to Pokémon Go - Video

August 2, 2016 - Keeping Pokémon Go cyber fun from causing real-world liability

March 24, 2016 - Litigation News
In this issue: Part II: I Have a Judgment, Now What?: Collecting and Enforcing a Money Judgment Through a Sheriff’s Sale I Pennsylvania Superior Court Awards Custody to Grandparents Despite Mother’s Object

July 4, 2013 - Litigation News - Summer 2013
In this issue: Can Bankruptcy Be A Tool To Combat Eminent Domain? Probably Not  l  Finding the Facts Before the Lawsuit Begins:  Pre-Complaint Discovery in Pennsylvania

April 9, 2013 - Litigation News - Spring 2013
In this issue: I Have a Judgment, Now What?: Collecting and Enforcing a Money Judgment Through the Garnishment Process l Responsibilities to Preserve Data for Litigation


August 17, 2023 - Best Lawyers® Recognizes 42 McNees Attorneys, Three Named “Lawyer of the Year”

August 18, 2022 - Best Lawyers® Recognizes 34 McNees Attorneys, Six Named “Lawyer of the Year”

May 23, 2022 - 12 Pennsylvania McNees Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers®

August 19, 2021 - 39 McNees Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers®, Six Named “Lawyer of the Year”

May 26, 2021 - Ten Pennsylvania McNees Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

August 24, 2020 - 34 McNees Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers®, Four Named “Lawyer of the Year”

June 29, 2020 - McNees 2018 Victory for Evangelical Community Hospital Affirmed on Appeal

June 29, 2020 - Thirteen McNees Attorneys Among 2020 PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List

June 8, 2020 - McNees Attorney Joins PA Legal Aid Network Board of Directors

August 15, 2019 - 33 McNees Attorneys Among 2020 Best Lawyers in America, 7 Named Lawyer of the Year

June 3, 2019 - McNees Attorneys to Host Webinar on Blight in Pennsylvania

May 9, 2019 - McNees Attorneys Among 2019 PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List

April 10, 2019 - McNees Attorneys Presenting at PSATS’ 2019 Solicitors Spring Seminar

October 15, 2018 - McNees Attorneys Successfully Defend $6.2 Million Claim

June 28, 2018 - McNees Attorneys Honored at “Lawyers on the Fast Track” Awards Dinner

May 31, 2018 - 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 2, 2018 - McNees Attorneys Among 2018 Lawyers on the Fast Track

April 23, 2018 - Six McNees Attorneys to speak at 2018 PSATS Solicitor’s Seminar

August 2, 2016 - Keeping Pokémon Go cyber fun from causing real-world liability

June 9, 2016 - McNees Wallace & Nurick attorneys selected as 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 31, 2016 - McNees’ Dana W. Chilson Elected to Board of Directors for the Girls on the Run

May 24, 2016 - McNees’ Dana W. Chilson Graduates Leadership Harrisburg Class of 2016

January 5, 2016 - McNees Elects Attorneys Brian Gregg And Dana Chilson Into Membership

January 1, 2016 - McNees Announces New Practice Group Chair

December 8, 2015 - McNees Attorneys Selected as 2015 Select Lawyers

August 3, 2015 - 2015 McNees Attorney Dana Chilson Accepted To Leadership Harrisburg Class of 2016

February 20, 2015 - McNees Attorney Dana Chilson Elected to YWCA Tribute to Women of Excellence Class of 2015

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