Dan is an international trade and customs lawyer who specializes in Canada-United States and North American matters. In addition to his legal practice, Dan has responsibility for coordinating the firm’s innovative Canada-US Platform where Dickinson Wright is one of a limited number of legal service providers that have full-service offices located in Canada and the United States. Dan collaborates with more than 400 Dickinson Wright attorneys who regularly assist businesses that are navigating the cross-border regulatory and legal environment on issues such as customs and regulatory compliance, corporate structuring, M&A, taxation, business immigration, intellectual property protection, and financial incentives. Dan also provides public policy counsel to government officials and industry leaders in areas of regulatory cooperation, border security, economic development, labor mobility, and public-private-partnerships.
A US-licensed lawyer, Dan is one of the few individuals that has served in the US and Canadian governments, as well as private practice and academia. Prior to joining Dickinson Wright, Dan served as an officer in Canada’s foreign ministry where he was responsible for coordinating a network of government departments and Canada-US industry associations toward improving North America’s borders and ports-of-entry. Dan was the Managing Director of the Canada-United States Law Institute, an organization of cross-border corporate executives and in-house counsel, law firms, public policy experts, scholars and the media housed at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Western Ontario. Dan was a visiting professor of law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law for nearly a decade and managed a lab that served as a legal adviser to the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Coast Guard. Dan was the co-faculty advisor for the Canada-United States Law Journal and the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law. Dan’s US government experience also includes serving as a Career Judicial Law Clerk to United States District Judge Peter C. Economus (OHND).
Dan is the President of the Ohio-Canada Business Association, Vice Chair and National Board Member of the American Chambers of Commerce in Canada, and Board member for the North American Strategy for Competitiveness. His commentary may be found in various media outlets including the The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Globe and Mail, the CBC, and the Business News Network.