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Dan is a senior partner of the Intellectual Property and Technology (IP&T) group (former chair 1997-2009), concentrating his practice on counseling emerging and established businesses in all areas of intellectual property and technology development, including patent, trademark, export control, licensing, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition matters; technology procurement and transfer; computer software and hardware licensing; patent and trademark infringement, validity and right-to-use studies; the preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent and trademark applications in a variety of arts; E-commerce matters; domain name protection and dispute resolution; and entertainment and the arts. Dan's practice also focuses on manufacturing, emerging business, media law, and China initiatives.

Career Highlights


  • Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Intellectual Property, 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rated
  • Listed in Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, 2017
  • Listed in Super Lawyers®, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009
  • Listed in Indiana Super Lawyers® 2004-2008; voted one of the top 5% of all lawyers in Indiana by peer selection, Indianapolis Monthly Magazine
  • Listed in Metropolitan Who’s Who, 2006; United Who’s Who, 2005


Professional Affiliations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association; Sections - Patent, Trademark & Copyright Litigation; Entertainment and Sports (past member of Executive Council)
  • Indiana State Bar Association; Sections - Intellectual Property (Past Chair); Litigation; Internet & Electronic Commerce Committee
  • American Bar Association; Sections - Patent, Trademark & Copyright; Litigation; Forum on Entertainment and Sports
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)

Former Employment

  • Brinks Gilson & Lione, 1987-1997
  • Indiana State Medical Association, 1986-1987
  • Indiana Office of Attorney General, 1984-1986

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • The Advancement Center for Washington Township Schools and North Central Alumni, Inc. (f/k/a Washington Township Schools Foundation); Board of Directors (2013-present), Grants and Scholarships Committee (Co-Chair, 2015-2017); Board Chair (2017-present)
  • Binford Redevelopment and Growth, Inc.; Board of Directors (2018-present)
  • Indiana/World Skating Academy, Inc.; Board of Directors, 1995-present (Chair, 2008-present)
  • The Boiler Business Exchange of Indianapolis, Inc. (BBE); Advisory Board, 2014-present
  • Mike Carroll Annual Golf Outing; Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) Jaguars Athletics Club Organizing Committee, 2003-2011
  • Allisonville Youth Baseball/Softball League; Board of Commissioners, 2005-2011
  • Eastwood Middle School (Indianapolis, IN) Athletics Booster Club; Executive Board, 2006-2010 (President, 2006-2009)
  • North Central High School (Indianapolis, IN) Soccer Booster Club; Executive Board, 2008-2009
  • Epworth United Methodist Church; Board of Trustees, 2006-2008
  • Glendale Recreational Soccer Association; Board of Directors, 2006-2007




Manufacturing Connections programs co-sponsored with CONEXUS Indiana:

  • "The 2016 Indiana Manufacturing Survey Results: The Industry has Identified Challenges Ahead," Moderator, November 2016
  • "Additive Manufacturing: How this technology is creating a paradigm shift," Moderator,  May 2016
  • "Talent Gap Solutions: What companies are doing today to fill their pipeline for tomorrow," Moderator, December 2015
  • "Six Sigma: What, Why and How!," Moderator, October 2015
  • "Resources Available to Help Manufacturers Succeed," Moderator, September 2015
  • "3D Printing 2.0," Moderator, June 2015
  • "The Affordable Care Act for Employers," Panelist, December 2014
  • "Matchmaking Event – Metal Stamping Supplier," Moderator, November 2014
  • "Matchmaking Event – Forging & Casting," Moderator, July 2014
  • "Hoosier Manufacturers," Moderator, June 2014
  • "ISO Certifications and Alternatives," Moderator, March 2014
  • "Indiana Automotive Industry Strategic Plan," Moderator, December 2013
  • "The Affordable Care Act: What it Means for Manufacturers & the Bottom Line," Moderator, September 2013
  • "Resources Available to Hoosier Manufacturers," Moderator, June 2013
  • "Manufacturing Connections and Speed Networking III," Moderator, March 2013
  • "Three R’s of Manufacturing Workforce Development: Recruiting, Retaining, Retraining How to Find, Attract and Keep the Best Talent," Moderator, June 2012
  • "Supplier Development – OEM Programs that Strengthen the Supply Chain," Moderator, March 2012
  • "Get in the Game with Federal Contracting," Moderator, December 2011
  • "2011 Indiana Manufacturing Survey: Performance, Practice and Strategy," Moderator, November 2011
  • "Marketing Your Manufacturing Business: Lean Techniques for Fat Returns," Moderator, September 2011
  • "Certification to Qualification," Moderator, June 2011
  • "International Logistics 101: Saving on Shipping Costs," Moderator, March 2011
  • "Advantages of Local Outsourcing in a Difficult Economy," Moderator, September 2010
  • "Show Me the Money: Securing Government Funding," Moderator, March 2010
  • "National Healthcare Reform - A Disease or a Cure? Sorting Through the Impact on Manufacturers," Moderator, September 2009
  • "The Basics of Exporting: Ways to Develop New Business Opportunities Internationally," Moderator, December 2008
  • "Protecting Your Company’s Intellectual Property Throughout Your Supply Chain," Moderator, June 2008

Indiana State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Forums (ICLEF)

  • "USPTO Guidance and Best Practices for Dealing with Section 101 Challenges Under Alice  v. CLS Bank," Midwest Intellectual Property Law Symposium, Co-Presenter, Indianapolis, IN, November 2016
  • “Post-Alice Software Patents – Mere Illusions in Wonderland?,” Midwest Intellectual Property Law Symposium, Presenter, Indianapolis, IN, November 2015
  • "Intellectual Property Valuation & Litigation: Remedies and Damages Available for Intellectual Property Infringement," Presenter, Indianapolis, IN, April 2010
  • “ICANN’S Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP): The Domain Name Wars,” Midwestern Intellectual Property Law Symposium, Panelist, Indianapolis, IN, September 2001

Other Presentations around Indiana and the Country

  • "Intellectual Property 101," Launch Indy Lunch and Learn Series, Presenter, Indianapolis, IN, September 2019
  • "Legal Issues for Small and Emerging Businesses - Intellectual Property: What You Don’t Know COULD Hurt You!," Launch Indy Lunch and Learn Series, Presenter, Indianapolis, IN, June 2018
  • “Trademark Due Diligence and Trademark Transactions,” International Trademark Association, Presenter, Indianapolis, IN, April 2018
  • “Copyright, Trademark and Trade Secret Concerns in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing,” Emerging IP Symposium: 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, presented by IU McKinney School of Law Center for IP and Innovation, Presenter, Indianapolis, IN, March 2018
  • "From Apple to Zyrtec: How Companies Protect and Value Their Brands and Trademarks" sponsored by IU McKinney School of Law Center for IP and Innovation, Presenter, Indianapolis, IN, April 2017
  • "Business Law 101: TOp Legal Trends for Business Owners," Indiana Black Expo Business Conference, Indianapolis, IN, July 2014
  • "Legal Issues for Small and Emerging Businesses - Intellectual Property," Indiana Black Expo, Presenter, Indianapolis, IN, July 2011
  • "The Economy and Small Business: Strategies for Success in 2011," National Federation of Independent Business, Panelist, Indianapolis, IN,  February 2011
  • "Privacy in the 21st Century: Personal Privacy and Electronic Commerce," Indiana Civil Liberties Union (ICLU), Presenter, Indianapolis, IN, December 2010
  • "Pitfalls on the Road to the Top Strategy Session," Indianapolis Skyline Club "At The Top" Networking Series, Panelist, Indianapolis, IN, October 2010
  • "Copyright, Education and the National Broadband Plan," Digital Policy Institute sponsored by Ball State University, Panelist, Indianapolis, IN, October 2010
  • "University/College Business Incubators - How Indiana University, Purdue University and Rose-Hulman Have Successfully Graduated Companies to the Real World," Venture Club of Indiana, Moderator, Indianapolis, IN, August 2010
  • "The Flux-State of Patentability in the Biotech World: Where do we go from here?," Realizing the Significance Symposium, Indiana Center for Vascular Biology and Medicine and Indiana University Research & Technology Corporation (IURTC), Presenter, Indianapolis, IN, April 2010
  • "Intellectual Property for Graphic Artists: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You," Indy Media Artists Society, Presenter, Indianapolis, IN, April 2010
  • "Business Roundtable Discussion: Legal Issues for Emerging Companies," Fishers Business Accelerator, Panelist, Fishers, IN, December 2009
  • "Pitfalls on the Road to the Top Strategy Session," Indianapolis Skyline Club "At The Top" Networking Series, Panelist, Indianapolis, IN, November 2009
  • "The Art of Digital Warfare in the Electronic Age," Software Engineering Research Center (Fall 2009 Showcase), Ball State University, Presenter, Muncie, IN, November 2009
  • "Legal Issues for Small and Emerging Businesses - Intellectual Property: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You," Indiana Black Expo, Presenter, Indianapolis, IN, July 2009
  • "Protecting Your Trademarks in a Global Economy," U.S. Law Fall Conference, Panelist, Las Vegas, NV, September 2008
  • "Protecting Intellectual Property Outside of the Patent System," TechPoint, Presenter, Indianapolis, IN, April 2006
  • "Intellectual Property: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You," Indiana Inventors Association, Presenter, Greenwood, IN, August 2003
  • "Patent, Trademarks and Copyrights - A Practical Workshop," Jasper Chamber of Commerce, Presenter, Jasper, IN, May 2003
  • "Internet Basics for the Indiana Attorney," Legal Resources in Cyberspace and Special Issues and the World Wide Web, National Business Institute (NBI), Presenter, Indianapolis, IN, December 2001
  • "Privacy in the Information Age," Managing Privacy Risks in the Information Age, Indiana Civil Liberties Union (ICLU), Panelist, Indianapolis, IN, December 2001
  • “Protecting Your Company Secrets and Confidential Information in the ’Revolving Door’ Employment Market,” Employment Law Solutions for the (Busy) Business Owner, Panelist, Bloomington, IN, May 1999
  • “Crash Course in Risk Management & Intellectual Property Law,” Risk Management Round Table, Aon Risk Services, Inc., Panelist, Indianapolis, IN, September 1998
  • "Public Relations & Intellectual Property Law," Public Relations Society of America, Hoosier Chapter, Presenter, Indianapolis, IN, February 1998
  • "International Intellectual Property Law," Global Business Connection, Presenter, Bloomington, IN, February 1998



  • Purdue University Krannert School of Management, B.S.I.M., Engineering Option, 1983
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., 1987
  • Indiana, 1987
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1988
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
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