Clients facing high-profile, existential threats need steadfast counsel, seasoned with experience and sound judgment.  Drawing upon a robust combination of private practice and federal government service, Dan has developed the skills, knowledge, and determination to assist clients facing serious threats to their hard-earned reputations and livelihoods.  He focuses his practice on complex litigation in trial and appellate courts, with a particular emphasis on constitutional issues and technology.

Dan joined Clare Locke after serving in the U.S. Department of Justice as a Trial Attorney.  There, he handled numerous high-profile and politically sensitive cases across the nation, usually involving constitutional claims, challenges to federal regulations, and national security issues.  As a line attorney, Dan ran his own cases and appeared “first-chair” in multiple district courts representing the United States Government.  While at the Department, Dan was selected for a detail assignment to the Office of Legal Policy.  He served as a Nominations Counsel and worked on the identification, vetting, and confirmation of judges to the federal bench, including the confirmation of a justice to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Before entering public service, Dan built a successful commercial litigation practice, first with the national law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP (now Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP) and then with Redmon, Peyton & Braswell, LLP.  From early on, Dan’s practice led to the courtroom, where he earned wins before both juries and appellate benches in cases involving trade secrets, fraudulent conveyances, breaches of contract, and fiduciary duties.

At Georgetown, he served as an Articles Editor of The Georgetown Law Journal and as the Grand Jury section editor of The Annual Review of Criminal Procedure (2005).  A native Midwesterner, Dan earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska, where he founded a student-led mock trial program.


  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • State of Nebraska
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia


  • Incoming President, Federal Bar Association, Northern Virginia Chapter.
  • The Virginia Bar Association
    • Civil Litigation Section Executive Committee
    • Appellate Practice Section


  • A New Tool for Creditors – A New Warning for Attorneys, The Virginia Lawyer (Aug. 2015)
  • A Real Safe Harbor: The Long-Awaited Proposed FRCP Rule 37(e), Its Workings, and Its Guidance for ESI Preservation, The Federal Lawyer (Aug. 2015) (co-author)


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 2006

  • Articles Editor, The Georgetown Law Journal
  • Grand Jury Section Editor, Annual Review of Criminal Procedure (2005)
  • Barristers’ Council, Mock Trial team

University of Nebraska, B.S.B.A., Business Management, with High Distinction, 2003

  • Student Founder, Nebraska Mock Trial Program


Trial Attorney, Federal Programs Branch, U.S. Department of Justice, 2018-2021

Nominations Counsel, Office of Legal Policy, U.S. Department of Justice, 2020-2021

Partner, Redmon Peyton & Braswell, LLP, 2013-2018

Associate, Redmon Peyton & Braswell, LLP, 2007-2013

Associate, Hunton & Williams LLP (now Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP), 2006-2007