Dan has been with the firm since 1980, and a partner since 1986. Before that, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert L. Taylor, the United States District Court Judge for much of East Tennessee. He graduated first in his class from the University of Tennessee College of Law in December, 1977, and graduated with a B.A. degree and a journalism major from the University of Kentucky, in 1973. He worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer for the Middlesboro Daily News in Middlesboro, Kentucky, from 1973 to 1975. He is a trial and appellate lawyer, with extensive experience in cases involving contracts, corporations, health care providers, products manufacturers, commercial transactions, insurance coverage, insurance defense, ERISA (employee benefits), federal court jurisdiction and procedure, and bankruptcy. Out of the office, Dan bicycles, reads history, and listens to classical and all other kinds of music.