Daniel brings more than a J.D. to any matter he takes on. For his corporate clients, it is a drive to understand core business objectives (something he can’t shake from years in sales). For his municipal clients, a multicultural background to see competing viewpoints from all positions. For hospitality clients, the same comfort behind a desk as in the kitchen. For international clients, the understanding needed to bridge cultural and language gaps.
Daniel advises elected and appointed leaders at municipalities and school districts on a broad array of legal issues. Daniel serves as Solicitor for the Boroughs of Avalon and Rosslyn Farms, and Assistant Solicitor to several other of the firm’s clients. From providing advice at public meetings, drafting complex ordinances that are defensible in court to prosecuting code violations, Daniel believes his role as Solicitor is to help elected officials fulfill their official duties and protect their communities.
In his corporate practice, Daniel is devoted to helping young growing companies in any industry manage the complex legal, financial and business issues presented by rapid and significant growth. Savvy entrepreneurs recognize that some of the most important legal decisions a company will make arise during the early stages of its operation. It is at this early stage that Daniel has experience advising business owners on entity selection and registration, preparing operating agreements for LLCs, LPs, contract drafting and review, raising capital, and commercial transactions.
In his liquor law practice, Daniel represents breweries, clubs, and restaurants who want to purchase or transfer a liquor license and understands the local dynamics of inter-municipal transfers. He advises his hospitality clients on complying with liquor regulations and laws, and defending citations and protests before the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
Prior to entering private practice, Daniel worked as a Judicial Intern for the Hon. David S. Cercone of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; Judicial Intern for the Supreme Court of Costa Rica, and as a Law Clerk for the City of Pittsburgh, Law Department.
Daniel was born in Chicago, IL but raised in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and cannot remember whether he spoke English or Spanish first as a child.
- Ongoing representation of various municipalities and school districts on issues that involve the Sunshine Act, State Ethics Act, Borough Code, Municipalities Planning Code, Uniform Construction Code, Right to Know Law, and School Code.
- Ongoing representation of chain and single-location restaurants in a wide array of legal matters, including liquor license transfers, drafting and negotiating commercial leases, vendor contracts, asset purchase agreements, and manager non-compete agreements.
- Representation of restaurant in successful inter-municipal transfer of a retail liquor license to a previously "dry" Borough. This liquor license was the third of its kind every transferred to this Borough.
- Representation of franchisee in the selection of a business entity, review of franchise agreement, loan documents, and commercial lease.
- Representation of school districts and individuals in tax assessment appeals of residential and commercial properties before the Board of Property Assessments Appeals and Review (BPAAR) and the Court of Common Pleas, Board of Viewers (BOV).
- Representation of non-profit entity in filing formation documents, including bylaws, articles of incorporation, licensing agreements, and state non-profit tax eligibility filings.
- Represented a national specialty hospital in successfully challenging a multi-million dollar business privilege tax assessment in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.
Presentations & Publications
“Keep Calm and Call the Lawyer: Understanding the Role of a Municipal Solicitor,” Borough News Magazine, December 2017.
“Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: First Responders Get a Break on Local Taxes,” Borough News Magazine, April, 2016.
“Right to Privacy for Public Employees,” Borough News Magazine, December, 2016.
“How to Draft an Ordinance,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 1, 2015.
“Superior Court Holds Act 91 Notice Published by the Pennsylvania Finance Housing Authority is Defective”, 15 DUQ.BUS.L.J87, 2013