In his legal practice, representing Fortune 500 companies and mid-market businesses, Dan is a recognized authority on commercial and business law. He has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating of “AV Preeminent” and has been selected a California “Super Lawyer” on numerous occasions. Dan’s legal work spans matters involving business issues, professional liability, real estate, intellectual property, entertainment endeavors, and construction-related issues. Dan has worked for many years closely with the domestic and London insurance markets, has successfully tried numerous complex cases to verdict and has been instrumental in several groundbreaking favorable rulings in the appellate realm. He has served as a court appointed arbitrator and mediator, and serves as monitoring and coordinating counsel for clients throughout the United States.
Dan is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (Pacific Coast Gold Chapter) and currently serves as the chapter Chairman. He formerly was a member of the Board Directors for the YPO Santa Monica Bay Charitable Foundation and a Board Member of the YPO Pacific Region Board. Dan currently sits on the Advisory Board for the CLM (Claims and Litigation Management Association), the legal board of advisers for the National Association of Home Builders, the California BIA legal advisory board, and the Palisades-Malibu YMCA Board of Directors. Dan previously was a Vice-Chair of the DARE America Board of Legal Directors, and has served on boards for several real estate and start-up companies.
Board of Managers, Palisades-Malibu YMCA Arbitrator (Pro Bono)
Board of Directors, ClaimVets
Board of Governors, Loyola Law School; 1999-2000
Los Angeles County Superior Court DARE America
Legal Board of Directors
Board of Governors, 1999-2004
Coaches several youth sports teams, 1999-2000
YPO Santa Monica Bay Charitable Foundation Board of Directors
Awards & Accomplishments
Los Angeles Business Journal's LA 500 Most Influential People List, 2018
Finalist, Best Managed National Firm, Managing Partners' Forum (MPF) Awards, 2015
Finalist Outside Counsel of the Year Award, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), 2015
AV Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell
Named Southern California Super Lawyer, 2006 - 2014, 2016 - 2018
Corporate Counsel, Business Litigation, 2010 - 2011
Named Southern California Rising Star, 2004
Events, Seminars & Presentations
Social Networking Sites: Strategies, Ethical Pitfalls and Practice Pointers for Litigating and Winning Your Case, West Coast Casualty Seminar, Anaheim, California (May, 2012)
Emerging Trends in Complex Commercial Litigation, Atlanta, Georgia (March, 2012) Internet and Social Networking Sites: Ethical Issues in Investigating and Litigating Your Case, West Coast Casualty Seminar, Anaheim California (May 12, 2011)
Internet and Social Networking Sites: Ethical Issues in Investigating and Litigating Your Case, West Coast Casualty Seminar, Anaheim California (May 12, 2011)
Commercial Litigation Emerging Trends: Views from Trenches, San Ramon, California (April, 2008)
Scenes from the Courtroom: Keys to Success in Winning the Judge and Jury, San Francisco, California (May 2, 2006)
Trial & Appellate Results
Pinnacle Museum Tower Assn. v. Pinnacle Market Development (US), LLC, (2012) 55 Cal.4th 223.
Torres v. City of Madera, 648 F.3d 1119 (9th Cir. (Cal) 2011).
Maciel v. Simac Construction, Inc. 2006 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 8228.
INCO Development Corp. vs. Superior Court (Haynes) 2005 DJDAR 9454.
Grove v. Retail Property Partner 2004 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 5848.
Holmberg v. J.F. Shea Co. 2003 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 10344.
Luvisi v. Safeway, Inc. 2002 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2946.
VICTORY: WSH&B Wins a Landmark Construction Defect Case!
Model Home, Jobsite and Communication Compliance Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
Standing Up To The Challenge - Courts Confirm Arbitration as a Favored Means of Dispute Resolution, Litigation Management - Winter 2013
Protected or Not?: California Supreme Court Addresses Work Product Privilege Related to Witness Statements
Defending Intellectual Property Claims, Vol II
DRI Intellectual Property Reporter, Fall, 2006: Right of Publicity
Residential Design and Build Magazine: Winning The Liability Game
The Brief (Fall 2003): A Mold Claims Primer
Author, Mold Contamination: Liability and Coverage Issues: Essential Information You Need to Know for Successfully Handling and Resolving the Claim Involving Toxic Mold, (2002) 8 Hastings West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law & Policy 1
Author, Right of Publicity: Proper Plaintiffs and Proper Damages, DRI Intellectual Property Compendium (2006)
Author, Anonymous Web Posting, Defending Intellectual Property Claims, Vol II (2007)
Co-Author, Blog Posts Amount to Misappropriation of Trade Secrets, The Daily Journal (August, 2012)
Co-Author, Trade Secrets and Agreements Not To Compete, California Chapter of DRI’s 2012 Compendium on Non-Compete Agreements (May, 2012)
Co-Author, Standing Up To The Challenge: Courts Confirm Arbitration as a Favored Means of Dispute Resolution, Litigation Management (Oct. 2012)
Firm Chairman, Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP, 2015 - Present
Managing Partner, Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP, 2007 - 2015
Member, Young Presidents' Organization Santa Monica Bay Chapter (YPOSMB), 2009 - Present
Instructor at the Litigation Management Institute (LMI) at Columbia University Law School
Member, CLM Advisory Board
Member, CLM Professional Liability Advisory Board
Member, Council on Litigation Management, Professional Liability Committee
Member, California Building Industry Association Legal Action Subcommittee
Technology Committee Member, Defense Research Institute
Member, National Association of Home Builders Construction Law Attorney Forum
Member, Building Industry Association of Southern California
Member, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC)
Member, Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)
Senior fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Quarterly Contributor to Residential Design and Build Magazine
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