J.D., University of South Dakota School of Law (1990)
B.A., History & Political Science, Dakota Wesleyan University, magna cum laude (1983)
Dan is a senior partner in the Litigation Department of our Rapid City office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of medical, hospital, and healthcare malpractice, as well as nursing home litigation, legal malpractice, and general commercial litigation. Dan has extensive litigation and jury trial experience in all areas of professional liability, as he has represented hospitals, physicians, nurses, and other allied health professionals involved in litigation and trial. In addition, he has represented attorneys, accountants, and other professionals, as well as major businesses and corporations involved in commercial and products litigation.
Dan is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the International Society of Barristers, the South Dakota Defense Attorneys Association, and the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association. Dan was also inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2015, a fellowship extended only by invitation, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality. Dan holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating given) and is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Great Plains Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA, the latter of which has identified him as “an excellent trial lawyer.”
Prior to law school, Dan was a two-time Academic All-American basketball player and a three-time all-conference performer. He spent one year playing professional basketball in Limerick, Ireland. In law school, he served as president of the moot court board. Following graduation, he served as a law clerk for the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota prior to joining Bangs McCullen.
The small poster in Dan’s office shows a dimly lit basketball court, and states: “You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Whether playing basketball in Ireland or coaching one of his eight children, the lessons from basketball are still important to Dan today: Team work. Discipline. Hard work. Passion. Competition. These traits form the cross-over from basketball to litigation. When he is not working or coaching, Dan can be found reading history, hiking, or shooting baskets in his driveway.