Peggy Daley specializes in conducting complex investigations on behalf of boards of directors, senior management, outside counsel, and regulators.

Her work includes high-profile investigations and compliance initiatives on behalf of higher education institutions, financial institutions, and healthcare providers and manufacturers. She is a nationally recognized data analytics expert and has led high-profile cybersecurity and trade secret theft investigations. She has testified at regulatory and sanctions hearings and also serves as an expert witness in matters relating to fraud, data privacy, data analytics, Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) compliance, and data security.

Ms. Daley is a frequent lecturer on topics of data privacy, data security, fraud, and intelligence gathering. Her investigative team has been named “Best of Chicago for Global Risk & Investigations” by the National Law JournalWho’s Who Legal named her as one of a limited group of Forensic Investigations Experts from 2014 to 2020 and noted that she is “one of the most highly respected nominees in our research overall.”

Ms. Daley’s compliance work includes designing and implementing employment outcome reporting protocols for all US law schools on behalf of their accreditor, the American Bar Association. She has also investigated whistleblower claims on behalf of large public universities relating to misreporting data to accreditors and unethical behavior of university leadership.

Ms. Daley is experienced in matters relating to government ethics. She served as the chairman of the Cook County Board of Ethics, which oversees the governance of the Cook County Ethics ordinance over 22,000 Cook County employees and officeholders. She also serves on the state board overseeing the licensing of private detectives and security professionals. She is Life Trustee of the Better Government Association, where she previously served as the chair of the board of directors.

Ms. Daley received her JD cum laude from Boston University School of Law and her BA from the University of Michigan. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Employment History

Duff and Phelps
Managing director
2008 – 2015

Navigant Consulting
2004 – 2008

Pinkerton Consulting
Vice president and associate general counsel
2001 – 2003

Investigative Group International
Vice president and general counsel
1997 – 2001

Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal
1995 – 1997

Phelan, Pope & John
1990 – 1995

Kirkland & Ellis
1987 – 1990

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Committee -Subcommittee Chair of Financial Institutions, Anti-Money Laundering and Patriot Act; liaison to American Banking Association

Association of Certified Information Privacy Professionals

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Professionals


Illinois Bar
Admitted November 5, 1987, License No. 6196186

Illinois Class A Private Detective
License No. 115-001845

Community/Civic Involvement

Better Government Association
Life Trustee (former Chair, Board of Directors)

Illinois Equal Justice Foundation
Board of Directors (2005-2017)
President (2016)

Cook County Board of Ethics
Past Chair

Illinois Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Board

Sedona Conference
Member WG11 Data Security/Privacy in Civil Litigation Drafting Team

Areas of Expertise


Boston University, School of Law
JD, 1987 (cum laude)

University of Michigan
BA, Political Science, 1984


Who’s Who Legal: Global Leader:

  • Investigations Digital Forensic Experts 2020
  • Digital & Data Forensic Experts 2019

“Peggy Daley is a top-quality performer in the digital forensics field, leading high-profile and complex investigations across an array of matters.”

Lawyer’s Monthly: Best Forensic Investigations Team – USA, 2017

National Law Journal: Best of Chicago Global Risk & Investigations, 2012