Dan's areas of concentration include oil, gas & energy law, products liability, malpractice, transportation and insurance law together with general trial, appellate and ADR practice. He attended the University of the Americas in Mexico City, Mexico, the University of California at Berkeley, and is a 1970 graduate of Lawrence University. He received his law degree in 1974 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

He is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, the Minnesota Civil Trial Certification Council and the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. He is the firm's representative and served on the Board of Directors for the American Law Firm Association, was the State Representative for the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and has actively participated in many national, regional, and state bar activities. He is a member of the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel and the International Association of Defense Counsel. He is a past president of the North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association and has received national recognition (Fred Sievert Award) from DRI for his defense bar work.

Dan enjoys fishing, hunting and tennis. He speaks and reads Spanish.

Practice Areas

Oil, Gas & Energy Law

Products Liability



Environmental Law

General Civil

Insurance Defense

Catastrophic Claims Litigation

Trial and Appellate


Honors and Distinctions

"The Best Lawyers in America" in Product Liability Litigation-Defendants and Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants, Woodward/White (2007-2017)

Great Plains Super Lawyers®, Thomson/Reuters (2007-2016)

Listed as a Leading North Dakota General Commercial Litigation Attorney by Chambers USA (2012-2017)

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated from Martindale-Hubbell

Admitted To Practice

North Dakota

U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota

U.S. Tax Court; U.S. Court of Claims

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Minnesota; U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court, District of Montana

U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit


Minnesota State Bar Association

North Dakota State Bar Association

North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association (former President)

American Law Firm Association (former Board Member)

Defense Research Institute (former State Representative)

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

International Association of Defense Counsel