Areas of focus: Banking, Real estate litigation, Lender liability.
Daniel’s path to the legal profession was somewhat atypical. The son of a carpenter, his early summers were spent on construction sites in Southern California. From the ripe young age of twelve, Daniel learned to drive a nail, dig footings, tie rebar, set formwork and keep the jobsite clean. Occasionally, when the inspectors were absent, he had the privilege of operating the heavy equipment. He learned the value of hard work and the challenges of managing a business and field operations from the beginning of his working life.
Daniel enlisted with the United States Marine Corps while still in high school and shipped off to Camp Pendleton shortly after graduation. After a stint of active duty, Daniel transferred to the Marine Corps reserve and began attending community college in Arizona. He paid his own way with a side business climbing and trimming palm trees and obtained his associate degree with honors. He then attended Arizona State University for his bachelors’ degree and studied construction engineering, attaining admission to ASU’s Barrett Honors College. While at ASU, Daniel summered as an intern in the Arizona State Senate, assisting Republican Senator Barbara Leff and the Commerce and Economic Development Committee. There he researched proposed legislation and drafted bill summaries for Senate members and presented his summaries at public hearings.
Daniel’s college career was put on hold when his Marine Corps reserve unit was activated for Operation Iraqi Freedom in late 2002. In early 2003, he was shipped out to Kuwait with Charlie Company, 4th MLG, 6th ESB, where they staged at Breach Point West. In the pre-dawn hours of March 20, 2003, while the world experienced the “Shock and Awe” that opened the second Iraq war, Daniel was in the back of a dust-filled five-ton with 14 other Marines under his command, traveling across the demilitarized zone towards Baghdad. Seven months later, his tour and enlistment contract ended, and he headed home to finish college.
Returning to Arizona to finish his final semesters, Daniel graduated summa cum laude and was admitted to Georgetown University Law Center. He kept good grades in law school, securing a coveted law firm summer position after his first year. During the summer of his second year, Daniel was fortunate to obtain an externship with Judge Mendez of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. There he had an unparalleled view of the legal process from within the honorable chambers of the federal court.
Following graduation from Georgetown, Daniel moved back to Southern California where he took an associate position with a local law firm handling defense litigation. His case load grew as large as twenty cases at a time, for which he handled all aspects of casework and obtained invaluable experience as a litigator.
Daniel joined the ranks of International Maritime Group in 2019, where he has since worked on a broad array of legal issues from pleadings through trial, judgment and collections. Daniel specializes in complex commercial and maritime disputes and litigation. He has achieved landmark victories in trial and appellate courts from California to Alaska and has handled matters in courts from Hawaii to New York. Daniel is committed to the interests of his clients and seeks to resolve disputes expediently. If an equitable settlement cannot be reached, however, he will not hesitate to push cases through trial and has spent countless hours arguing his clients’ positions in the courtroom.
- The Demise of Short Sale Deficiencies On Residential Loans In California
CMBA’s California Mortgage Finance News, Summer 2013
- The Deceased Borrower Minefield
CMBA’s California Mortgage Finance News, Winter 2014 Issue
- Navigating the Unmarked Hazards for Marine Lenders in Non-Judicial Foreclosure of Preferred Ship Mortgages
- What Duties Does A Marine Lender Owe In The Care of A Repossessed Vessel Under UCC §9-207?
- What Duties Does A Marine Lender Owe In The Sale Of A Repossessed Vessel Under UCC §9-610?
- Georgetown University, Georgetown University Law Center, Juris Doctor
- Arizona State University, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, Barrett Honors College, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude
- Mesa Community College, Associate Degree, graduation with honors
Bar and Court Admissions
- California State Bar Association
- U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court - Central District of California
- U.S. District Court - Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California