Dan prides himself in prompt, efficient and loyal client service. A former journalist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dan uses his interviewing skills to learn his clients’ businesses and their objectives.
Dan helps clients find practical solutions to employment problems before they become mired in exhausting disputes. Working closely with clients to achieve their objectives is what Dan likes best about the practice of law.
Dan counsels and litigates complex employment disputes, with a focus on non-competes, discrimination and harassment, retaliation, defamation, breach of contract and minority shareholder disputes.
When his clients become involved in a lawsuit, arbitration or informal dispute, Dan provides an early assessment of the strength of their case, so with his help, they can steer the matter to their advantage. Dan’s work as a litigator also helps him counsel clients on employment practices and high-risk employee situations, and to gain insight into when legal entanglements are unnecessary. Dan is also knowledgeable about electronic discovery issues and often uses computer forensic experts to uncover valuable information in non-competition cases.
In 2007, Dan and colleague Dominic Cecere were recognized as Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer for their successful prosecution of a trade secrets lawsuit on behalf of the St. Paul Pioneer Press against its former publisher and the rival Star Tribune newspaper, Dan’s former employer. Dan’s and Dominic’s team used forensic computer evidence to win a decisive court order prohibiting the former publisher from working at the Star Tribune for one year based on trade secret violations. The case made headlines from the Wall Street Journal to the New York Times, and was named the No. 5 news item among Editor & Publisher’s top 10 news-industry stories of 2007.
In 2013, Dan was a member of a team of Stinson lawyers that was also recognized as Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer for the successful prosecution of a minority shareholder oppression lawsuit on behalf of one owner of a closely-held manufacturing business. The bench and jury trial, believed to be the longest in Nicollet County history, resulted in a series of judgments in the shareholder’s favor totaling almost $22 million, including punitive damages judgments against the defendant corporation and two principal shareholder/board members of almost $5 million total. As part of the court’s judgment, the company was ordered to purchase the client’s ownership interest at fair value and pay his attorney’s fees. The verdict was upheld in all respects on appeal. Twin Cities Business Journal listed the case among the top 10 lawsuits of 2013. Dan’s experience in this lawsuit has helped him advise closely-held businesses on strategies for avoiding similar disputes.
A prize-winning journalist before becoming a lawyer, Dan was a reporter and editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for more than a decade, much of it covering the courts and legal affairs. He also was a regular contributor to the National Law Journal and a monthly columnist on Minnesota appellate court decisions. He frequently assists on crisis communication issues.
Dan clerked for the Honorable Donald P. Lay of the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in 1992-1993 before entering private practice.
News & Insights
- Press Release02.21.2014
Named an “Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer in 2007 and 2013
Professional & Civic Activities
Professional & Civic Activities
Minnesota State Bar Association
- Bar-Media Committee, Past Chair, 2000-2002
- Fair Response Committee, Past Chair, 2007-2011
MinnPost, Board Member, 2011-present
Practices & Industries
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
- U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1992
- Order of the Coif
- Minnesota Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 1991-1992
University of Michigan, B.A., 1979