Dan has acquired broad experience in litigation, appeals, and transactional/consulting services. A former law clerk for Judge David P. Yaffe in the Writs and Receivers Department of the Los Angeles Superior Court, Dan pacticed extensivly in the areas of municipal law, CEQA and other land-use regulations, government entitlements/licensing, government employment, trade secrets, and corporate formalities. For the past decade, Dan’s practice has focused primarily on homeowners association law, as well as other real estate and business matters. Dan’s HOA experience has involved representing both HOAs and homeowners, and it has included consulting work, trial court litigation, and appellate practice. Dan has represented HOAs throughout Southern California, and was appointed as panel counsel by an HOA directors and officers’ insurance carrier. Dan takes pride in advising both HOAs and homeowners on non-litigation options, although he has litigated extensively in this area of the law. In recent years, Dan has also branched out into consumer rights as well as some pro-bono activities (including the American Bar Association’s Military Pro Bono Program) in an effort to rectify some of the wrongs perpetrated on the “little guy.”
Consultations, advice, litigation, and appeals with respect to homeowners associations, general real estate issues, government actions, and general business matters.
Highlighted Results and Work Activities:
First chair trial counsel for an HOA defending against a $23 million claim by a real estate developer; non-suit (defense judgment) granted after 11 days of trial.
Second chair trial counsel for a plaintiff HOA against a civil engineer; $2.7 million jury verdict awarded when engineer had offered only $15,000 to settle the matter on the first day of trial.
Represented a plaintiff homeowner against a defendant HOA and acquired a court order compelling the HOA to hold a recall election of the Board.
Represented a landowner granting an easement to a developer where developer took the position it was already entitled to the easement for no payment, but ultimately paid the client $275,000.
Secured summary judgment on behalf of a defendant HOA against a lawsuit brought by a different HOA regarding the development and use of a disputed parcel of land; opposing attorney had referred to Dan as an “idiot” and had guaranteed his client a victory.
Represented a plaintiff homeowner against a defendant HOA’s collection agency and acquired a 100%-of-demand settlement for violation of the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu (J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, Pepperdine Law Review Associate Editor)
Marquette University, Milwaukee (B.S., Cum Laude, Biochemistry and Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, Alpha Sigma Nu Honors Society)
California State Bar
Federal Court- Central District of California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Hobbies and Interests:
Weightlifting, basketball, hiking (not enough), Wisconsin professional sports, cooking (still developing), and target shooting.