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Biography

Daniel is a litigator and member of the Energy and Natural Resources Industry Team with nearly a decade of experience serving the energy industry. He primarily represents clients in the renewable, oil and gas, and nuclear energy industries in a variety of business and appellate litigation including contract disputes, real estate litigation, land use and zoning matters, construction disputes and litigation, and mechanics’ lien claims.

Daniel has extensive pre-trial experience and is known for his skilled drafting of pleadings, dispositive and pre-trial motions, and preparation of witnesses for depositions and trial testimony. He has successfully taken and defended numerous depositions, prepared and presented opening and closing statements and direct and cross examination, and drafted several successful appellate briefs.

Daniel currently represents various clients in state and federal courts across Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Prior to his work as a litigator, he practiced as a title attorney, drafting title opinions for oil and gas exploration and production companies.

Daniel serves as Editor of Frost Brown Todd’s Diversity & Inclusion Quarterly Report, on its Diversity Scholarship Committee, and on the Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition.

He also serves on the board of directors of the Bloomfield Development Corporation (“BDC”), the registered community organization representing the neighborhood which he called home for nearly a decade. BDC organizes the Bloomfield Saturday Market, a nationally recognized farmers market serving the East End of Pittsburgh every Saturday during both the summer and winter months.

When not working in service of the needs of his clients and community, Daniel enjoys spending time with his wife, children and extended family, playing soccer, camping, hiking, and snow skiing.

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Drafted and argued successful motions to dismiss, preliminary objections, and motions for summary judgment in numerous matters.

Successfully defeated motions for preliminary injunction.

Succeeded in an appeal of a $15 million judgment in a case involving oil and gas lease disputes.

Advised terminated federal nuclear power project’s general contractor in settlement authority requests from the government for subcontractor claims.

Successfully defended an oil and gas company’s zoning permit in challenges brought by environmental groups and landowners before a local zoning hearing board and state trial court.

Represented an oil and gas production company in their claim for compulsory pooling and unitization and in a related lawsuit filed with the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Successfully quieted title to the oil and gas underlying a large parcel of land on behalf of an oil and gas company’s lessor.

Created trusts under the Pennsylvania Dormant Oil and Gas Act in favor of unknown and/or unlocatable landowners for multiple oil and gas exploration and production companies.

Advised clients regarding title issues and drafted oil and gas drilling title opinions.

Education

Bar Membership

Courts

Daniel is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Ohio Bar Association

Allegheny County Bar Association

Board of Directors, Bloomfield Development Corporation

Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition

Smart Electric Power Alliance

Energy & Mineral Law Foundation

Major Publications

Daniel authored or contributed to the following publications:

Co-author, “Legal Ethics and American Political Scandal: Pennsylvania’s Recent Supreme Court Scandal Explored Through the Lens of the Historical Development of American Legal Ethics,” Energy & Mineral Law Institute, Volume 37, 2017.

Co-author, “Recent Decisions in Oil and Gas Jurisprudence,” Energy & Mineral Law Institute, Volume 36, March 2016.

Co-author, Jurisdictional Considerations for the Oil and Gas Practitioner, Energy & Mineral law institute, Volume 34, 2013.

Co-author, Compulsory Pooling and Unitization in the Marcellus Shale: Pennsylvania’s Challenges and Opportunities, Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, Vol. 83, No. 2, April 2012.