Daniel serves as legal counsel to clients in the renewable energy, natural gas, and utilities industries. A dedicated member of the firm’s Energy Industry Team, he has over a decade of experience in real estate development, transactions, and litigation. Daniel’s practice includes title, regulatory, land use, and zoning matters and he regularly litigates contract, land, and construction disputes. He is known as a skilled draftsman of contracts, pleadings, dispositive motions, and appellate briefs. His understanding of FERC-regulated wholesale power markets and RTO/ISO tariffs brings value to both energy developers selling power into wholesale markets and energy-intensive industries purchasing bulk power through fixed or variable rate power purchase agreement. Daniel devotes considerable time and attention to understanding how the transitioning energy economy impacts the business and legal needs of his clients. He currently represents clients in state and federal courts across Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Daniel serves as Editor of Frost Brown Todd’s Diversity & Inclusion Report, on its Diversity Scholarship Committee, and on the Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation and the board of directors of the Bloomfield Development Corporation, the registered community organization representing the neighborhood which he called home for many years.
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, skiing, hiking, and camping.
Advise solar energy clients (utility-scale and DERs) on real estate and regulatory matters including zoning, interconnection, net metering (technical interconnection requirements, parcel splitting, multi-system parcels, and the pricing of excess generation credits), virtual meter aggregation, and legislative developments impacting strategy for companies entering the Pennsylvania market.
Advise energy industry clients on interconnection requirements and application process of PJM Interconnection, Inc., the largest of the federally regulated RTOs/ISOs.
Negotiated variable-rate, LMP-indexed power purchase agreement for energy-intensive mining operation.
Independently developed process for identifying agricultural conservation easements which exclude solar energy development without the need of a title abstract on target project acreage for industry-leading utility-scale solar energy developer.
Advised major financial institution serving as trustee of a trust developing distributed solar projects on regulatory and C-PACE financing issues.
Advised utility-scale solar energy developer on whether addition of energy storage to existing solar project would trigger Ohio Power Siting Board review.
Represented clients before Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board in appeals of Department of Environmental Protection actions.
Represented energy industry clients in permitting disputes.
Won appeal of a $15 million judgment on appeal in a case involving oil and gas lease disputes.
Successfully defended oil and gas company’s zoning permit in challenges brought by environmental groups and landowners before a local zoning hearing board and state trial and appellate courts.
Regularly defend largest natural gas production company in Ohio in real estate title 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.
Established 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.
Duquesne University, J.D., cum laude, 2011
The Ohio State University, B.A., English, cum laude, Honors Program, 2008
United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2021-2022
Chambers USA, Member of department ranked Band 2 for Energy & Natural Resources in Pennsylvania, 2021-2022
Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Member Spotlight, December 2021
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Ohio Bar Association
Allegheny County Bar Association
Board of Trustees and Alternative Energy Task Force, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
Board of Directors, Bloomfield Development Corporation
Smart Electric Power Alliance
Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition
Daniel P. Craig, Roger G. Hanshaw, Kara H. Herrnstein, and Andrew R. Smith, “State Solar Regulation in Appalachia,” 42 Energy & Min. Law Inst. 186 (2022).
Daniel P. Craig, “Challenges Ahead For U.S. Generator Interconnection Process,” Law360 Expert Analysis, < https://www.law360.com/newjersey/articles/1479779/challenges-ahead-for-us-generator-interconnection-process> (April 4, 2022).
Daniel P. Craig, Ericson Kimbel, Bryan DiLucente, and Sammy Germany, “FERC Order 841: Removing barriers to electric storage technology in wholesale power markets,” Virtual Poster Presentation, North American Smart Energy Week (2020).
Daniel P. Craig and Kevin L. Colosimo, “Legal Ethics and American Political Scandal: Pennsylvania’s Recent Supreme Court Scandal Explored Through the Lens of the Historical Development of American Legal Ethics,” 37 Energy & Min. Law Inst. 1 (2017).
Daniel P. Craig, Kevin L. Colosimo and James D. Mozzocco, “Recent Decisions in Oil and Gas Jurisprudence,” 36 Energy & Min. L. Inst. 733 (2015).
Daniel P. Craig and Kevin L. Colosimo, “Jurisdictional Considerations for the Oil Gas Practitioner,” 34 Energy & Min. L. Inst. 621 (2013).
Daniel P. Craig, Kevin L. Colosimo and Andrew Jenkins, “2012 United States Oil and Gas Law Update,” Institute for Energy Law 64th Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference (Feb. 21-22, 2013, Houston, Texas).
Daniel P. Craig and Kevin L. Colosimo, “Compulsory Pooling and Unitization in the Marcellus Shale: Pennsylvania’s Challenges and Opportunities,” 83 Pa.B.A.Q. 47 (April 2012).
Editor-in-Chief of Frost Brown Todd’s Diversity & Inclusion Report (2017 – Present).