Overview

Dan is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office, a member of the litigation group, and is co-chair of the firm’s appellate practice subgroup, agriculture industry subgroup and pro bono committee. 

Dan helped lead an appellate team to a 7-2 victory in the Supreme Court of the United States (Marietta Mem. Hosp. Emp. Health Ben. Plan v. DaVita Inc., 142 S.Ct. 1968 (2022)) where he played an instrumental role in briefing, organizing amicus support and preparing for oral argument.  Dan has successfully presented oral argument in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ohio courts of appeal, and has briefed appeals in federal and state courts across the country.  After clerking for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, Dan since has appeared in over 40 appeals and original actions in that court.

Dan is also experienced in constitutional, eminent domain, real property, commercial, False Claims Act, and energy litigation.  He has helped Fortune 500 companies, public universities, private hospitals, renewable energy companies, small businesses and family farms successfully resolve disputes through all stages of litigation.  Dan has also served as an adjunct professor at Capital Law School, where he coached a moot court team, and maintains an active pro bono practice.

Career highlights include:

  • Helping lead an appellate team to a 7-2 victory in the Supreme Court of the United States (Marietta Mem. Hosp. Emp. Health Ben. Plan v. DaVita Inc., 142 S.Ct. 1968 (2022))
  • Successfully presenting oral argument in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a bankruptcy trustee and defending against a petition of certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Successfully briefing and arguing appeal, after Vorys was hired to replace trial counsel, overturning an adverse verdict against client and allowing client to keep property
  • Obtaining a decision from Supreme Court of Ohio affirming the Power Siting Board’s grant of a certificate to renewable energy client to construct, maintain and operate a wind farm
  • Obtaining on behalf of a family farm a federal court order invalidating Toledo’s Lake Erie Bill of Rights as unconstitutional on its face
  • Represented large government defense contractor in government investigations and False Claims Act litigation
  • Serving as national counsel for manufacturer related to talc litigation
  • Serving on defense team of largest MDL in United States history
  • Obtaining order from federal court dismissing challenge to hospital client’s vaccine policy
  • Obtaining a writ of mandamus against the Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation to vindicate a Wendy’s franchise’s constitutional right to just compensation
  • Obtaining for a farmer a unanimous stay ruling from Supreme Court stopping a trial court judge from holding proceedings in violation of Ohio’s Eminent Domain statute
  • Obtaining significant compensation from the State of Ohio for numerous farmer clients related to the State’s flooding of the client’s properties
  • Obtaining writ of prohibition from Supreme Court of Ohio preventing the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission from exercising jurisdiction over the issuance of oil and gas permits
  • Obtaining permanent injunction at trial on behalf of a city contractor regarding the award of a city contract
  • Obtaining dismissal of a retaliation case brought by former professors against a university client under § 1983, the False Claims Act, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
  • Obtaining dismissals of defamation, invasion of privacy, and related claims filed against national journalists and media organizations

Dan received his J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center where he was the senior notes editor for the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and represented clients as part of Georgetown’s Appellate Litigation ClinicHe received his B.A. summa cum laude from Muskingum College.

Dan served as a judicial law clerk for Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer of the Supreme Court of Ohio. 

Honors & Recognitions

Columbus CEO, Best Lawyers, Appellate, 2022

The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2022-2023; Appellate Practice, 2023

Professional & Community Activities

Member of Board of Trustees for the Ohioana Library Association; Board Chair 2016-2020

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Member

Ohio State Bar Association Agricultural Law Committee, Member

Leadership Columbus, Class of 2021

Leadership Westerville, Class of 2020

Leadership Board, Church of the Messiah, Westerville, Ohio; Board Chair 2022

Alumni Interviewer for Georgetown University Law School

Teaching/Speaking Engagements

Columbus Bar Association, “Strategizing Before the Appeal”

2020 American Farm Bureau Conference, “How ‘Rights of Nature Laws’ Can Impact Your Farm and Future”

CLE Presentation “Identifying Final Appealable Orders”

News & Insights

Publications

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2009, cum laude

Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Senior Notes Editor

Muskingum College, B.A., 2006

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.

Judicial Clerkships

  • Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer, Supreme Court of Ohio
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