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As one of the region’s most experienced land use and local government attorneys, Dan understands the community and how things work at the local level. He has decades of experience with the handling of site plans, variances, administrative appeals, special exceptions and conditional uses, rezonings, zoning text amendments, street vacations, comprehensive plan amendments, development agreements, and developments of regional impact.

Dan serves as general counsel to the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport and Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority, and previously served as counsel for Sarasota Memorial Hospital and the Sarasota County Clerk of Court. He served as co-chair of the 2018 campaign that secured voter approval of a $65 million bond issue to fund the extension of the Legacy Trail. Among his many civic activities, he is currently one of our board members for The Patterson Foundation—one of the state’s largest and most progressive foundations; he also serves on the Community Advocacy Team of the Library Foundation for Sarasota County. His prior civic activities include service either as president or as chairman of the Sarasota Chapter of the American Red Cross, the United Way of Sarasota County, the Sarasota Tiger Bay Club, the Sarasota County Bar Association, the William G. & Marie Selby Foundation, and SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence). 

Dan is a sixth-generation Floridian.


  • The Patterson Foundation, Governing Board Vice-Chairman
  • University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Community Leadership Council, Board Member
  • Sarasota Regional Campus of Florida State University College of Medicine, Community Board Member
  • Sarasota-Manatee Airport Authority, General Counsel
  • Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Former General Counsel
  • Sarasota County Clerk of Court, Former General Counsel
  • Sarasota Chapter of the American Red Cross, Past Chairman
  • United Way of Sarasota County, Past Chairman
  • Sarasota Tiger Bay Club, Past Chairman
  • William G. & Marie Selby Foundation, Past Chairman
  • SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence), Past Chairman


  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent
  • Education Foundation of Sarasota County “Alumni of Distinction” Award
  • Argus Foundation “Lifetime Achievement” Award
  • Community Video Archives Inductee
  • Best Lawyers in America, Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite
  • Community Youth Development Leadership Award
  • “Clyde Nixon Business Leadership” Award
  • SCOPE Boundary Crosser Award
  • “Flames of Distinction Award,” Westcoast Center for Human Development
  • Heart of the Community Award
  • Kiwanis Club of Friendship Second Annual Citizen’s Roast Award
  • United Way “New” Volunteer of the Year
  • Sarasota Jaycees’ Distinguished Service Award
  • Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Sarasota Award