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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Biography

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. He joined the firm in 2010 and uses his academic aptitude to develop and implement creative solutions to clients’ complex legal problems. Dan prides himself on his writing ability and has been involved in numerous victories at both the summary judgment and appellate stages of litigation, including before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Dan has experience defending individuals and entities in a wide variety of commercial disputes, including oil and gas matters, insurance coverage issues (particularly those involving “Personal and Advertising Injury” coverage and claims for additional insured rights), contractual claims, trademark and copyright claims, various real estate disputes, and construction matters.   He also has experience pursuing claims against corporate directors and officers, and their insurers, in connection with pending bankruptcy proceedings. 

While each case is of course unique, Dan believes in a proactive approach to litigation whereby a long-term resolution strategy is developed early in the case and then pursued in an aggressive yet cost-effective manner. 

Dan was selected to the 2017 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 also a member of the Tulane Law Review Board of Advisory Editors and the American Bar Association, where he is a member of the Business Law Committee and Young Lawyers Division.  Additionally, he is a parishioner at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Old Metairie, Louisiana, and is involved with the New Orleans branch of the Young Catholic Professionals organization. 

Prior to joining Lugenbuhl, Dan worked in the New York office of an international law firm, focusing on commercial and securities litigation.

In his free time Dan enjoys lifting weights and spending time with his three boys. 

Representative Experience

  • 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 and dismissing claim of ownership made by third party pursuant to federal land patent) 
  • Kirsch v. InterContinental Hotels, et al., No. 2014-12296 (Civil District Court) (obtained summary judgment dismissing cross-claims seeking contractual defense and indemnity and/or additional insured status on the grounds that La. R.S. 9:2780.1 operated to nullify the purported contractual obligations)
  • Gauthe´ v. Mercer et al., No. 15-00026 (M.D. La.) (obtained summary judgment dismissing third-party’s claims to an ownership stake in a partnership)
  • D’Aquin v. Starwood Hotels & Props. et al., No. 15-10963 (E.D. La.) (dismissal with prejudice of claims for purported civil rights violations stemming from alleged slip-and-fall in hotel bathroom).
  • Voinche v. Capps, et al., 2014-CC-1498 (La.) (reversing lower courts’ determination that question of fact existed as to whether employee was duly authorized to reject UM coverage on behalf of insured)
  • 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)
  • Sibert v. National Oilwell Varco, et al., No. 73,854 (42nd JDC, Parish of DeSoto, State of Louisiana) (summary judgment dismissing claims for additional insured coverage on the grounds that the policy only afforded coverage for liabilities caused by the named insured’s acts or omissions, which were not pleaded and would not/could not be proved at trial)
  • First American Title Insurance Co. v. Lundin, et al., No. (25th JDC, Parish of Plaquemines, State of Louisiana) (obtained writ of mandamus curing title defects caused by title agent's failure to record mortgage documents)