Dan also handles intellectual property matters across traditional business, new media and entertainment sectors and represents clients in all forms of intellectual property negotiations, and occasionally, dispute resolution, including patent, copyright and trademark infringement actions, as well as complex computer system litigation. He uses intellectual property law, contracting practices and dispute resolution techniques to help clients - creators and users, buyers and sellers, licensors and licensees - to protect and grow their businesses.
In 2018, Lexis-Nexis invited Dan to author its treatise on The Law of Electronic Commercial Transactions (previously co-authored by the late Professor David Nimmer). Dan also writes and publishes regularly in his areas of expertise, including articles on relevant legislation (e.g., “GDPR Is Coming – Is Your Business Ready?” in Crain’s Cleveland Business online; “Recipe for ‘Reasonable Measures,’” regarding the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, in Intellectual Property Magazine) and developments in intellectual property jurisprudence (e.g., "Supreme Court Upholds 'First Sale' Doctrine," in Impact IP, an Intellectual Property Law Newsletter, March 2013).
Active in the community, Dan has served as an adjunct faculty member at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Cleveland Marshall College of Law, teaching courses on intellectual property, information technology and cyberlaw. In 2018 Dan was reappointed to the Government Affairs Council of the Greater Cleveland Partnership for a second term. He is a current board member of OHTec (né NEOSA, the Northeast Ohio Software Association), a former board chair of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission and a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan and American Bar Associations, and a graduate of Leadership Cleveland.
Before law school, Dan worked as a systems analyst for General Motors. He served as a law clerk to Chief U.S. District Judge Frank J. Battisti, was admitted to the Attorney General’s Honors Program and practiced as a trial attorney with the U.S. Justice Department. He later served as Director of the Office of School Monitoring and a Special Master for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He now serves on that Court’s ADR panel and has mediated multiple software and intellectual property disputes to settlement. Dan has an “AV Preeminent Rating” from Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Corporate Counsel’s “2012 Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Intellectual Property Law.”
Dan began his tenure with Calfee in 1994, becoming a partner in 1998.
- American Bar Association, Science and Technology and Patent, Copyright and Trademark Law Section
- Ohio State Bar Association, Computer Law Committee
- Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
- Adjunct Faculty, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1990 to present. Created and teach course on proprietary rights in information technology to second and third-year law students.
- Teaching Staff, Negotiation Workshop, Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers, with Professor Roger Fisher, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 1994.
- "Supreme Court Upholds 'First Sale' Doctrine in Importation of Textbooks,” Impact IP, an Intellectual Property Law Newsletter, March 2013.
- “Lights, Camera, and (Finally)... Action for Ohio’s Film Industry,” Calfee First Alert, August 5, 2009.
- “Select Legal Issues for the Software and Information Technology Market,” Winning Legal Strategies for Software Companies, Aspatore Books, October 2005.
- “Where is There? Personal Jurisdiction and the Internet,” Ohio Bar IP Section Newsletter, Summer 2005.
- Right of Publicity, Lex Mundi publication on Ohio IP Law, Suppl. 13, February 2005.
- “Be Aware: One Click Can Equal a Contract,” Crain's Cleveland Business, Vol. 24, No. 33, August 18-24, 2003.
- “Conflicting Perceptions in IT Transactions,” Cleveland Enterprise Magazine, Spring 2001.
- “Likelihood of Confusion? Select Trademark and Jurisdiction Issues on the Internet,” University of Akron Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy, March 13, 2000.
- “Online Content Providers Search for Protections,” The National Law Journal, May 20, 1996.
- “On Heroes and Idealists,” 42 Cleveland State L. Rev. 373, 1995.
- “Stubborn Facts of History,” 44 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 75 (1993).
- Essays in Cleveland Plain Dealer, Forum Page (1991-93).
- “Intellectual Property Law Issues,” presentation for the 2013 Information Security Summit, October 24-25, 2013.
- Intellectual Property Week: Attorney Panel, Participant on attorney panel for Case Western Reserve University’s Intellectual Property Week, October 14, 2013.
- “Ongoing Developments in COPYRIGHT IN CYBERSPACE - Change is in the Aereo,” Presentation to Cleveland Intellectual Property Association, February 19, 2013.
- “Intellectual Property for Tech Firms,” a 3-part podcast for NEOSA - The COSE Technology Network, June, 2010.
- “A Few Things Authors, Artists and Creators Should Know About Intellectual Property,” Presentation to Hiram College Faculty, February, 2010.
- “PCI Compliance Legal Considerations,” SecureState Seminar, November, 2008.
- “Diversity and Desegregation: The Roberts Court and the Future of Race-Based Remedies,” panel sponsored by the American Constitution Society and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund, Case Western Reserve University Law School, February 6, 2008.
- “Select Issues in IT Contracting” FirstEnergy Lunch & Learn Seminar, July, 2008.
- “IT Contracts... and Their Significance in Avoiding Mitigating and Winning IT Disputes,” Seminar on Complex Litigation, July, 2007.
- “What Every Artist Should Know About IP,” Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), April, 2007.
- “An Update on Electronic Record Retention Requirements (Or What You Do/Don’t Have, Can/Can’t Hurt You),” GCP/COSE Webcast Series, March, 2007.
- “What Every Artist Should Know About Contracts,” Artist As Entrepreneur Institute, CPAC, November, 2005.
- “Here, There and Everywhere . . . Jurisdiction and The Internet,” Ohio State Bar Associate Digital Technology Committee, September 9, 2005.
- “Whose Idea Is It? Intellectual Property In the Information Age,” The Huntington Bank Webcast Series presented by NEOSA and COSE, August, 2005.
- “IT Contracting in Healthcare,” Northern Ohio Information and Management Systems Society, April 14, 2005.
- “Anatomy of an Information Technology Transaction,” presentation for City of Cleveland, October, 2003.
- “Defusing Software Audit Threats,” International Association of IT Asset Managers Webinar, July, 2003.
- “Look Before You License,” International Association of IT Asset Managers Seminar, July, 2003.
- “What T.I.M.E. Artists Should Know About Contracts,” Cleveland Institute of Art, February, 2003.
- “IP Rights for T.I.M.E. Artists,” Cleveland Institute of Art, November 18, 2002.
- “Intellectual Property Cybercrimes,” Northeast Ohio Information Technology Security Roundtable, January 10, 2002.
- “New Intellectual Property Issues in E-Commerce,” Cleveland Bar Association, May 19, 2001.
- “E Commerce Risks and Insurance,” Marsh IT Seminar, May 8, 2001.
- “IP Rights in IT Assets,” Association of Internet Professional, March 6, 2001.
- “Anatomy of an Information Technology Transaction,” Cleveland Bar Association, March 3, 2001.
- “IP Issues for Entrepreneurs,” NEOSA’s Entreprenerd Boot Camp, February 2, 2001.
- “A Talk with William Raduchel, CTO OF AOL Time Warner,” Moderator, May 25, 2000.
- “IT Contracting in the 21st Century,” Ohio Attorney General’s Conference of Public College & University Attorneys, April 26-27, 2000.
- “IP Rights in IT Assets,” Cleveland Bar Association Corporate Counsel, E Commerce Seminar, March 28, 2000.
- “Emerging Legal Issues in E-Commerce and the Internet,” Information Technology Forum, March 24, 2000.
- “Intellectual Property & Music on the Internet,” Cleveland Bar Association and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, November 3, 1999.
- “Emerging Legal Issues in Software Protection and E-Commerce,” Northeast Ohio Software Association Monthly Meeting, October, 1999.
- “Trademark Law Treaty Implementation Act,” Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, September 9, 1999.
- “Copyright in the Digital Age,” American Society of Media Photographers, 1999.
- “An Overview: Select Topics in Intellectual Property and Film,” Cleveland Bar Association and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 1999.
- “Overview of Copyright and Distributed Learning at Kent State University,” 1998.
- “Select Topics on Intellectual Property Rights of Graphic Artists,” Northern Ohio Illustrators Society, 1998.
- “Wired (Mired?) and Inspired: Selected Topics on IT, Law and the Arts,” Cleveland Bar Association and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, March 15, 1997.
- “The Internet and Trademarks,” Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, February 11, 1997.
- “Protecting Intellectual Property in the Digital Age,” Securities Industry Association Roundtable, May 16, 1996.
- Mediator, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio; member of Panel of Neutrals, 2002 to present.
- Special Master and Director, Office on School Monitoring, United States District Court-appointed monitor and mediator in Cleveland school desegregation case, 1989 to 1995. Directed staff, conferred with counsel and public officials, conducted hearings, and reported findings to court, media and community. Recommended and mediated comprehensive settlement of case.
- Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Washington, D.C., 1983 to 1986. Represented United States and Executive Branch agencies in civil litigation in federal district courts and bankruptcy courts, U.S. Claims Court and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
- Law Clerk to Chief Judge, United States District Court, for the Northern District of Ohio, Honorable Frank J. Battisti, Cleveland, Ohio, 1982 to 1983. Assisted at trials and hearings, researched and drafted legal opinions and court orders.
- Board Member and (former) Chair, Greater Cleveland Media Development Corporation (Cleveland’s Film Commission).
- Board Member, NEOSA (formerly Northeast Ohio Software Association).
- Former Advisory Committee Member, Time Integrated Media Environment Program, Cleveland Institute of Art.
- Former Trustee, Institute for Educational Renewal.
- Leadership Cleveland, Class of 1991.
- Intellectual Property
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Information Technology
- Information Technology Litigation
- Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1982
- Harvard College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1978
- State of Ohio and District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court (Northern District of Ohio)
- U.S. Supreme Court