As a professional problem solver, Daniel brings more than a law degree 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. For all clients, tacos.
Daniel advises 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 and appointed government officials fulfill their official duties and protect their communities.
Corporate and Investment Management
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 advised
business owners on entity selection and registration, preparing operating agreements for LLCs, LPs, contract drafting and review, raising capital, buy-sell agreements, and other commercial transactions.
Daniel’s practice includes counseling registered investment advisers, national banks, and federal savings institutions on a broad range of regulatory, compliance and transactional matters.
In his liquor law practice, Daniel represents breweries, clubs, hotels, and restaurants with liquor license acquisitions and transfers and understands the local dynamics of inter-municipal transfers. He also advises hospitality clients on complying with liquor regulations and laws and defending protests before the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), and citations by the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement (BLCE).
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.
- Provide on-going counsel to various municipalities and school districts on issues arising under the Sunshine Act, State Ethics Act, Borough Code, Second Class Township Code, Municipalities Planning Code (MPC), Uniform Construction Code (UCC), Right to Know Law, and Public School Code of 1949.
- Provide on-going counsel to both regional chains and single-location restaurants on a wide array of legal matters, including liquor license transfers, drafting and negotiating commercial leases, vendor contracts, asset purchase agreements, and non-compete agreements.
- Provide on-going representation to a second-class township as special counsel for property maintenance and zoning code enforcement actions from prosecution at a magisterial district judge through appeals to Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court.
- Represented real estate developer in a successful application for a dimensional variance to construct a 9,000 square foot grocery store for a national retailer. This representation included negotiating a settlement agreement with objectors to the proposed store.
- Advised grocery store on procedure to place referendum question on a ballot to allow for the transfer of a retail liquor license to a “dry” municipality. Following passage of the referendum question, representation included the acquisition and successful transfer of an eating place (E) liquor license to the municipality. This liquor license was the first of its kind ever transferred to this municipality.
- Represented restaurant in a successful inter-municipal transfer of a retail liquor license to a previously "dry" Borough. This liquor license was the third of its kind ever transferred to this Borough.
- On-going 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).
- Represented a national specialty hospital with a successful challenge to a multi-million-dollar business privilege tax assessment in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.
- Represented franchisee in the selection of a business entity, review of franchise agreement, loan documents, and commercial lease.
- Represented non-profit entity in filing formation documents, preparing bylaws, licensing agreements, and state non-profit tax eligibility filings.
- Represented a regional intrastate federal stock savings institution with assets of half a billion dollars in the formation of a service corporation, and related applications to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
- Advised banking technology firm that provides cash sweep solutions to insured national banks and state-chartered banks on compliance with Regulation 9 of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
- Provide on-going advice to a bank holding company and affiliate investment management entity on Compliance with Bank Holding Company Act, the Investment Company Act 0f 1940, the broker-dealer provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Securities Act of 1933, and FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) regulations.
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