Dan’s practice since 1986 includes experience in a variety of legal fields including criminal, personal injury, and workers’ compensation. For the last 25 years he has chosen to focus his practice increasingly (and now almost exclusively) on family law, where Dan represents people in one of the more personally challenging life changes —dissolving a relationship with a spouse or close partner, and resolving all of the issues that arise from these situations. He helps clients approach divorce matters as problems to be solved, not just as cases to be won. When a situation can be resolved only by effective presentation in court, Dan still approaches the conflict with the understanding that the client must be able to leave the courtroom with their dignity intact,

Dan has handled cases where the stakes are high, whether involving a parent breaking off the other parent’s relationship with the children by moving cross country, a spouse stripping an ex-spouse of all financial support, or a spouse forcing an unfair property division at divorce. Every case presents its unique challenges, and Dan’s strength as a family law attorney is in his ability to craft an approach to resolving each matter. 

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Admitted to Practice

  • Wisconsin State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Honors & Recognition

  • Community Asset Award, New Glarus Community Foundation, 2014

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Community Involvement & Board Memberships

  • Pro bono representation:
    • Dan has provided pro bono services to indigent individuals for over 15 years, including no- or reduced-fee representation as well as general services through the Dane County Family Law Assistance Center and the establishment of a comparable Green County Family Law Clinic
  • Bayview Foundation Board, Legal Adviser, 2016-Present
  • Green County Forestry Center member, 2018 - present
  • Green County Big Brothers & Big Sisters
    • Board of Directors, 2009-2015
    • President, 2012-2013
  • Green's Prairie Cemetery Association, Treasurer, 2009-Present
  • New Glarus High School, Mock Trial, Coach, 2004-Present
  • New Glarus Historical Society, 2008-Present
    • Craft presenter for sauerkraut
  • New Glarus Arbor Day Project, 1995-Present
  • The Prairie Enthusiasts, Prairie Bluff Chapter (Green, Rock, Lafayette), Member 2012-Present
  • Wilhelm Tell Guild, 1993 - Present
  • DCBA Volunteer Attorney Mentor, 2014-Present

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Dane County Bar Association
    • History & Memorials Committee, 2014-Present
    • President, 2009-2010
  • Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin
  • Green County Bar Association
  • Lafayette County Bar Association

Education

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1986
  • M.A., German as a Second Language (Grosses Deutsches Sprachdiplom), University of Munich, 1983
  • B.A., History, with honors, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1980