Dan received his law degree in 1988 from the University of Utah, where he was an editor for the Utah Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. From 1991-2005, Dan served as an unpaid pro tem judge in the Third Judicial District Court for Salt Lake County (Small Claims Division), where he conducted over 1,000 trials on matters ranging from landlord/tenant disputes to punching out the umpire after a bad call at home.
Dan has also served as a trustee and as an Executive Committee member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, as Chair of the Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section of the Utah State Bar, as Chair of the Utah State Bar’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, and as a member of the Utah State Bar’s Character and Fitness Committee. Dan is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen, the Utah Association of Professional Landmen, the Nevada Landmen’s Association, and the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers.
Dan has been recognized in or by Best Lawyers in America, Mountain States Super Lawyers, Utah Business Magazine (Utah Legal Elite and Top 100 Utah Lawyers), and Martindale-Hubbell (AV).
Although Dan is a frequent speaker, author and instructor on subjects concerning mining, water and public lands, he’d much rather be enjoying any kind of outdoor recreation.