With two decades of experience in commercial real estate, Dan has seen first-hand what successful (and not so successful) transactions look like from many angles. Before going into private practice, he was in-house counsel for a company specializing in retail shopping center development and management, and that gave him invaluable “in the room” experience and insight into high stakes deals from the client perspective. Most of Dan’s clients now are developers and investors, and they value Dan’s unique understanding of their position and his ability to navigate on their behalf. Velocity can be vital to making a deal, and Dan knows how (and when) to optimize for speed without generating undue risk – clients appreciate that Dan can strike the balance between focusing on the downside and upside potential. Every transaction is an opportunity for Dan to apply his insight, experience and savvy to help the client achieve success.
Prior to the launch of WLBO, Dan was a partner in the real estate section of another Dallas law firm for more than 10 years. Dan has served clients across various commercial asset classes, including retail, office, multifamily, hospitality, mixed-use, industrial/warehouse, and residential subdivisions. In addition to routinely conducting transactions in acquisition, entitlement, financing, development, leasing, and disposition, Dan has performed various asset management and investor relations functions. His extensive experience has given him insight into what works and what doesn’t. He has seen the ways deals can go south and he has become very effective at assessing, measuring and mitigating risk for his clients.
Dan received his J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law in 2004. Prior to law school, he earned his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. While at UT, he was a member of the Silver Spurs organization and took pride in handling the school mascot, Bevo, on gameday and at various social and University sponsored events – including an appearance on Good Morning America.
Dan is admitted to the State Bar of Texas, Corporate Counsel and Real Estate Section, Probate and Trust Section, and the Dallas Bar Association.
When Dan is not drilling down on deals, he and his wife, Tracy, enjoy an active lifestyle with their three children and many friends, especially traveling, being outdoors, good food and wine, and attending their kids’ many, many sporting events – regardless that scholarship offers may not materialize…