Dan focuses his litigation practice primarily on product liability matters, handling cases at every stage from pretrial through appeal.  He works as a member of the firm’s legal issues group, researching complex legal issues and drafting evidentiary and dispositive motions.  

Dan’s other experience includes writing briefs on Daubert expert witness motions in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) matter on behalf of a medical device manufacturer, representing a pharmaceutical company in tort claims related to alleged illegal sales practices, managing a large docket of smoking-and-health cases as part of a jurisdictional team, serving on a national discovery team for a pharmaceutical company in a large MDL, defending a client against novel public nuisance claims, and representing a corporation in an arbitration-related dispute with an insurer.

Dan is also actively involved in Shook’s pro bono practice, including drafting an amicus brief with a Shook team on behalf of a non-profit organization in an asylum case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and serving as the lead attorney in an appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals that successfully obtained a reversal and discretionary relief from deportation for his client.

Before joining Shook, Dan was a judicial law clerk for the Hon. L. Steven Grasz, Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Hon. John F. Wright, Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court. 

Prior to entering the legal profession, Dan was a social worker at Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska, serving children in a short-term shelter program as well as those with severe behavioral and psychological disorders in a residential treatment facility.

Publications

Will the Supreme Court Finally Resolve the Circuit Split over Rule 23(C)(4) Issue Class Actions?, Mealey's Litigation Report: Class Actions, June 4, 2021 (with Timothy E. Congrove & James P. Muehlberger).

Third-Party Litigation Financing: Legal and Ethical Issues & Proposals for Mandatory Disclosure, Nebraska Lawyer, September/October 2017.

Issue Preclusion and the ITC’s Section 337 Investigations: A Reconsideration in Light of B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., Creighton International and Comparative Law Journal, 2016.

Section 101 Challenges in the Courts and at the PTAB, ABA Intellectual Property Litigation, June 16, 2015.

Patent Office Backlog Adds Billions to National Drug Expenditure, Nature Biotechnology, May 2014 (with Kate S. Gaudry).

Low Examiner Allowance Rates, High Patent Term Adjustments, Law360, April 17, 2014 (with Kate S. Gaudry).