Daniel’s practice focuses on government affairs, regulatory law, and general litigation. Daniel’s government affairs practice centers on representing corporate clients before the Colorado General Assembly. On behalf of his clients, Daniel formulates policy initiatives and legislative strategies, advocates for or against legislation, and testifies before legislative committees.
Daniel’s regulatory law practice centers on representing clients before state regulators. Daniel assists his insurance clients with various matters before the Colorado Division of Insurance (“DOI”), including: (1) navigating through rate and form filing disputes; (2) preparing responses to market conduct examinations; (3) preparing forms for the acquisition of insurance companies; (4) preparing responses to DOI inquiries and investigations; and (5) ensuring compliance with DOI regulations and bulletins.
Daniel’s general litigation practice centers on defending clients in various types of litigation disputes. Daniel’s experience includes defending clients in employment, premises liability, insurance, civil rights, commercial, tort, and malpractice disputes. On behalf of his clients, Daniel prepares pleadings; conducts all phases of discovery; drafts motions, including dispositive motions; conducts and defends depositions; and participates in mediations, settlement conferences, and court hearings.
Legal Distinctions & Honors
Judicial Extern, Judge Neil Gorsuch, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit Judicial Extern, Judge Sidney Brooks, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Colorado Student Attorney, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Civil Litigation Clinic Scholastic Excellence Awards (Highest Academic Grade): Insurance Law, Legal Research & Writing I, Legal Research & Writing II
Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry, Government Affairs
Council Colorado Civil Justice League, Legal Advisory Board
Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Other Professional Experience
Senior Staff and Cabinet Member, Office of Superintendent Michael Bennet,Denver Public Schools, 2007-2009
Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs, The Fund for Colorado’s Future (Chairman - Governor Bill Owens), 2005-2007
Chief Legislative & Policy Advisor, Office of Governor Jeb Bush (FL), 2003-2005
Legislative Director, Florida House of Representatives, 1998-2003
Legislative Analyst, Office of Governor Lawton Chiles (FL), 1997-1998
JD: University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2011, Order of St. Ives
MPA: Florida State University, Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration & Policy
BA: University of Florida, 1994, academic honors, Dean’s List
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado