Dana is the Chair of the Insurance Group, as well as a member of the Litigation, Financial Services, Public Finance & Government Services and Injunction Groups. 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.

In her capacity as Chair of the Insurance Group, she regularly counsels clients on coverage issues and disputes.  For the Injunction Group, she assists clients in obtaining and defending against injunctive relief, including issues regarding non-competition and non-solicitation provisions.  Dana also represents the firm’s financial services clients in litigating a wide array of issues, as well as counsels clients on collecting and enforcing judgments.

In addition, Dana is a member of the Eminent Domain Practice.  In that capacity, she regularly counsels condemnors and condemnees in eminent domain matters. Dana has experience in defending clients in both state and federal condemnation actions. Dana has successfully secured the constitutional guarantee of payment of just compensation for the taking of property and damages to the remainder property caused by the condemnation. She has additionally assisted clients in asserting inverse condemnation claims where the condemning authorities’ activities resulted in a taking of private property without formal condemnation proceedings. Dana also has experience asserting the rights of public entities under the Eminent Domain Code and Business Corporations Law, including public utilities in connection with Marcellus infrastructure projects.

Dana is a former extern to Chief Judge Yvette Kane of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.  She also proudly serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Girls on the Run of Capital Region as well as the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network.


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

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 (2015-Present); Board Member (2016-Present)

Leadership Harrisburg Area, Community Leadership Series

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Board of Directors, April 2020


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


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