Dan combines a genuine passion for the law and a tireless work ethic to foster creative solutions to his clients' legal problems. He specializes in developing and executing targeted, cost-effective resolution strategies in a variety of commercial litigation matters including, but not limited to, oil and gas, insurance coverage, intellectual property, breach of contract, construction, and real estate litigation matters.

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Dan is a summa cum laude graduate of Tulane University Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as the Senior Associate Editor of the Tulane Law Review. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado, graduating with a B.S. in Mathematics after being named to the Dean’s List five times.

Since joining the firm in 2010, Dan has represented clients in a wide variety of commercial settings, including D&O litigation, insurance coverage matters (particularly those involving “Personal and Advertising Injury” coverage), real estate disputes, oil and gas litigation, and  breach of contract suits.   In recent years he also focused on insurance issues arising out of cyber claims.

Dan believes in a proactive approach to litigation whereby a long-term resolution strategy is developed early in the case and pursued in an aggressive yet cost-effective manner.  While he prides himself on his writing ability and has had numerous victories in both the summary judgment and appellate states of litigation, he also has successfully tried cases before judges, juries, and arbitrators. 

Dan regularly speaks, and writes, about areas of the law that interest him and his clients.  He is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (“TIPS”) and has written articles that have been published in “The Brief” as well as the quarterly “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Newsletter.”  Additionally, he co-authored a chapter in “Arbitration and the Surety,” published by the ABA’s Fidelity and Surety Law Committee.  He is also a member of the Editorial Board for the “CGL Reporter,” published by the Insurance Risk Management Institute, and has authored a number of articles in this capacity.  Finally, he serves on the Board of Advisory Editors of the Tulane Law Review.

For the past several years Dan has been selected to the Louisiana Super Lawyers “Rising Star” list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice that is awarded to approximately 2.5 percent of attorneys in Louisiana.  He is a parishioner at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Old Metairie, Louisiana.  In his free time Dan enjoys lifting weights and spending time with his wife and three boys. 

Representative Experience

  • Andrews v. Graham Holding, Inc. et al., No. 17-0082 (Bankr. S.D. Ala.) (represented plaintiff-Trustee in D&O suit)
  • Baker Hughes v. Intrepid Drilling (AAA arbitration) (successfully defended allegations of faulty cementing resulting in loss of well)
  • Poule D’eau Props. v. The Lamar Co., No. 2018-CA-1400 (La. App. 1 Cir.) (dispute over validity of billboard servitude)
  • Lewis v. Nail Studio Professional Care Inc. et al, No. 2017-9862 (Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans) (summary judgment under “professional services” exclusion)
  • The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund v. Schenck, et al., No. 2016-C-0046) (La. 2016) (Louisiana Supreme Court affirms lower courts’ entry of summary judgment confirming Tulane’s title to parcel of land in Plaquemines Parish)
  • Paige et al. v. Durawood LLC, et al., 214,913 (9th JDC, Parish of Rapides, State of Louisiana) (negotiated multiparty settlement, including successful implementation of Lone Pine order, in a mass-joinder action alleged to have arisen out of insured’s wood treating operations)

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