Toronto-GTA Vice Chair for Membership and Public Relations & National Board Member
Practice Group Chair, International and Regional Practices, Dickinson Wright LLP
Dan is an international trade and customs lawyer who specializes in Canada-United States matters. He regularly assists businesses that are entering and navigating cross-border markets on issues such as customs and regulatory compliance, corporate structuring, business immigration, intellectual property protection, and financial incentives. Dan also provides public policy counsel to government officials and industry leaders on matters relating to Canada-US regulatory cooperation, border security and management, trade and investment attraction initiatives, government procurement, and public-private-partnerships.
A US-trained lawyer, Dan previously served as an officer in the Canadian government 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 also served as a liaison between government officials in Canada and the US, as well as routinely assisted companies in dealings with Canada-US regulatory agencies.
Dan additionally served as the Managing Director of the Canada-United States Law Institute, an organization of cross-border corporate leaders, law firms, public policy experts and the media. Dan was a member of the visiting law faculty at Case Western Reserve University (2004-11) where he taught Canada-United States Legal Relations as well as a program operated in partnership with the US Department of Homeland Security/United States Coast Guard. Dan was the co-faculty advisor to theCanada-United States Law Journal and the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law.
Dan’s prior US litigation experience includes labor and employment defense, civil rights, products liability, and criminal matters. Dan served as a Senior Judicial Law Clerk to United States District Judge Peter C. Economus (OHND) for more than five years where he participated in federal criminal and civil litigation, including performing by designation in cases pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.