Dan is a Partner in our Halifax office who works in the areas of civil litigation, class actions and tax litigation. Dan has successfully advocated for his clients before various courts and administrative tribunals, including the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.
Dan is co-counsel for Dennis Manuge and over 7,500 disabled Canadian Forces veterans in the class action Manuge v. Canada, 2012 FC 499. The Manuge case (Manuge v. Canada, 2010 SCC 67) has resulted in one of the largest financial recoveries in Canadian legal history. The Manuge case was the first time that the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the certification of a constitutional class action. Dan has appeared on The National, The World at Six and various other media outlets discussing the Manuge class action and other issues facing disabled veterans.
Dan is also co-counsel for over 1,000 disabled RCMP veterans in the successful class action of Buote Estate v. Canada, 2014 FC 773.
For four years, Dan was a part-time professor at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University where he taught two courses: Civil Trial Practice and Class Action Law and Procedure in Canada.
Dan is currently President of the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia branch.
The Attorney General of Canada recently appointed Dan to the Federal Courts Rules Committee. Previously, Dan clerked at the Federal Court from 2006-2007.
Recognized for his litigation practice and contributions to the legal community, Dan has been named a Litigator to Watch by Lexpert Magazine, was named as a 2020 Lexpert® Rising Star, celebrating Canada’s leading lawyers under 40 and was awarded the 2015 Zöe Odei Young Lawyers Award, which recognizes a young lawyer’s service to the Canadian Bar Association and the community. Dan is also a volunteer counsel for the Halifax Refugee Clinic and represents refugee claimants before the Immigration and Refugee Board.
LL.B., Dalhousie University (2005)
B.A. (Hons. with distinction), Bishop's University (2002)
Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop, Osgoode Hall Law School (2011)