Biography

Dan is the Chair of the firm’s Litigation Group and focuses his practice on personal injury, medical malpractice defense and insurance defense. He is an experienced trial lawyer, having tried more than 100 cases and jury trials in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire on a range of issues. Dan is also a highly skilled mediator having mediated more than 500 civil disputes in his career. He was named Lawyer of the Year for Mediation in 2015 by Best Lawyers in America.

Dan has been on the faculty of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association's Maine College of Trial Advocates and frequently presents on litigation and medical malpractice topics. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and has served on the faculty of that organization's Trial Academy at the Stanford Law School.

He is from Sharon, Massachusetts, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colby College. At Colby, he was captain of the baseball team and sports editor of the Colby Echo. He earned his law degree at Cornell University in 1978 and joined Preti Flaherty the same year.

Professional Activities

  • Maine State Bar Association
    • Vice Chair, Litigation Section
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals - Maine Chapter

Honors & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America
    • Lawyer of the Year (2015) for Mediation
    • Lawyer of the Year (2020) for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • New England Super Lawyers

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Volunteer Lawyers Project, pro bono volunteer
  • Jewish Federation, former Director
  • American Camping Association
  • Maine Youth Camping Association
  • Colby College Maine Liaison Board
  • Colby College Lacrosse Boosters

Firm Highlights

Event

2020 Employment Law Series: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

News

Preti Flaherty Attorney Benjamin S. Piper Promoted to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named attorney Benjamin S. Piper as a partner. Ben is a member of the firm's Environmental, Litigation, and Media Law Practice Groups and works...

Press Coverage

Maine State Police May Be Spying on You

Police and governments are increasingly turning to new tracking and monitoring methods in their efforts to prevent and record evidence of crimes. A Portland Press Herald investigation examines these expanding law enforcement abilities and the...

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Litigation and Arbitration Venue Provisions in Construction Contracts: When and How They Work

Venue and choice-of-law provisions are fairly standard in construction contacts, but can be overlooked due to their location within a contract. When drafted effectively, these provisions can help limit uncertainty about where and how...

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The Potential of the Blockchain for Asset Protection Planning

While many legal scholars focus on the challenges and complications seemingly inherent to blockchain and cryptocurrency, others look past the fear and see potential. In this article for Cumberland Law Review , Ian Huyett and Brian Quirk...

Press Coverage

Bangor superintendent blocked BDN reporter on Twitter after critical news coverage

In an apparent violation of the First Amendment, Bangor schools superintendent Betsy Webb temporarily blocked a journalist on Twitter following a report that news of a student suicide was announced over the loudspeaker at...

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2020 Employment Breakfast Series: Strengthening Your Company's Management of Accommodation Requests

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

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WC Alert: Recent Developments from Maine's Workers' Compensation Board

Frank A. Graf, MD, Reappointed to Approved List of § 312 Examiners At the February 11 meeting of the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board, Frank Graf, MD, was reappointed to the list of approved § 312...

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2020 Cannabis Law Breakfast - Winter Update

News

Preti Flaherty Welcomes Government Relations Liaison Andrew I. Roth-Wells to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Andrew I. Roth-Wells has joined the firm as a Government Relations Liaison. Andrew will help manage legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts for the firm’s Government Affairs Team...