Dan grew up in a large family in rural southeast Texas. As a child, his mother allowed him to skip school so he could watch his father try cases to juries. Every time he watched his father work, Dan became captivated by the drama of the courtroom, but even more, he was deeply impressed by the real-life impact these cases had on ordinary people. Who will be awarded custody of the kids? Will Dad succeed in helping this injured worker receive the money to put food on the table and pay for the doctor bills? Even as a 10-year-old boy, Dan realized that the law could be used as a tool of compassion and could protect ordinary people from being victimized by powerful forces. Thus, before he reached high school, Dan promised himself that he would prepare every way he could so that, one day, he could speak for individuals and families who might not otherwise have a voice in court. And Dan did just that!
In high school, Dan enjoyed singing in a garage band and playing basketball. However, Dan saved his best efforts for the debate team. He became a champion debater and eventually went to college on a debate scholarship. After college, Dan attended law school and graduated with academic honors. However, his real passion in law school was moot court, where he became the school’s first ever regional moot court champion. While in law school, Dan also met his beautiful and brilliant classmate, Alison McBride, who became the love of his life. Dan and Alison attended their law classes together, married during their second year, and graduated on the same day.
After law school, Dan immediately started representing people who had been injured, discriminated against, wrongfully terminated, or cheated by large corporations. He soon became an accomplished trial lawyer, taking a critical role in cases with national significance—cases that settled for hundreds of millions of dollars and were reported in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Dan was certified as a specialist in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and later served as a guest lecturer at various legal seminars, including two at Harvard Law School.
Even though Dan has successfully argued several high-profile cases, he has never forgotten his roots or why he became a lawyer in the first place. For Dan, practicing law is a calling, not a job. Dan still loves helping ordinary people with real problems, he still represents folks injured in a car wreck, and he still personally takes the time to sit down and visit with each client. Dan especially loves going to trial when an insurance company won’t make a fair offer. He still enjoys singing and playing basketball with his brothers and, of course, he still loves spending time with Alison and their four children.
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- Brigham Young University, J.D. with honors
- Regional Champion, Jessup Moot Court Competition
- Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Science, Political Science
Licenses and Certifications:
- Licensed to Practice law in Texas, 1994
- Licensed to Practice law in Louisiana, 2005 (currently inactive)
- Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, 2001
Publications and Presentations
Dan has been interviewed numerous times by different news agencies about important cases and developments in the law. He has also served as a guest presenter/lecturer at various legal seminars. He is the author of the book: You’ve Wrecked Your Car, Don’t Wreck Your Case—20 Mistakes You Must Avoid.