Dan is a partner in Brouse McDowell’s Real Estate & Construction Practice Group. He is a nationally recognized transactional lawyer who has represented major clients across the country. He is frequently involved in large, high-profile matters, and adds significant depth to our practice.
Known as a strategic thinker, Dan is highly regarded for his ability to structure complex commercial transactions with multiple parties. Having worked through numerous business cycles over the past thirty years, Dan offers his clients the insight and practical business judgment gained in handling sophisticated transactions over many years. This experience allows him to identify potential problems quickly, and to then craft cost-effective solutions that meet his clients' needs.
He is an authority on the development of shopping centers, office buildings, hotels and urban mixed-use projects, and lectures at national and regional conferences on such topics.
The breadth of Dan’s experience includes work on projects from pre-development through the operating phase to ultimate disposition. His subspecialty areas of practice include: real estate development and finance; acquisitions, dispositions, and exchanges; all types of leasing (including ground leasing, anchor/department store and other major tenant leasing), as well as the renewal, renegotiation and restructuring of leases; design and construction contracting; zoning and land use planning; tax increment financing; public-private partnerships; joint ventures; environmental mitigation and remediation; bankruptcy/insolvency proceedings, debt restructuring and workouts; lobbying and crisis communications; property management and operations; and related litigation.
Dan also frequently lobbies federal, state, and local officials on behalf of individual clients and industry groups and regularly represents clients before government boards and agencies. He recently authored two amendments to the Ohio statutes governing port authorities, which serve as the key economic development agencies in the State of Ohio. In 2013, he was instrumental in the passage of what has become known as the Ohio Non-Recourse Mortgage Loan Act, Ohio Revised Code §1319.07(B), which outlaws certain unfair and deceptive business practices in the mortgage loan arena. In recognition of his leadership and experience in this area, the International Council of Shopping Centers appointed Dan as the chair of its Ohio Government Relations Committee in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Dan provides business and transactional counsel to a wide variety of clients in the non-profit, healthcare, retail, office, hospitality, restaurant, industrial/commercial, and residential sectors, including public and private entities, families and individuals.
He spent 12 years with The Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation, then the largest owner/manager/developer of enclosed regional shopping malls in the world, where he was responsible for all legal work in connection with the development of eight super-regional shopping centers and four urban mixed-use projects. While with DeBartolo, he also led a team of eight attorneys in the restructuring and collateralization of over $4 billion in secured and unsecured debt to 12 of the largest banks in the country, and played a key role in the transfer of 52 regional and super-regional malls and 11 community shopping centers as part of the formation of a new REIT, DeBartolo Realty Corporation (NYSE: DRC), in a transaction valued at over $1 billion. He was integrally involved in DeBartolo’s merger with Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG), then the two largest owners of enclosed regional shopping malls in the world.
Subsequently, Dan was a partner in Arter & Hadden LLP for five years and, thereafter, was a partner in Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP for eight years, before joining Brouse McDowell.
Dan is AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 Peer Review Rated through Martindale-Hubbell.