Dan has achieved a number of significant victories in the area of prevailing wage law on behalf of labor unions, including a court ruling that resulted in a 25% wage increase for elevator mechanics and repairmen working on public works projects in New York City and a court ruling that required the New York City Department of Transportation to pay more than $3 million in interest to its street paving foremen, in addition to the 46% wage increase and $24 million in back pay he helped win for them at an administrative trial. He also represents and advises unions in connection with collective bargaining, grievances, and improper practice claims, and represents union members and civil servants in disciplinary proceedings, including arbitrations and Education Law §3020-a hearings.
Dan’s other legal experience includes election and campaign finance law and general civil litigation. He was the Obama presidential campaign’s New York State election lawyer in 2008; was New York co-counsel to Dick Gephardt’s 2004 campaign for President; and has represented or advised present and former members of Congress, the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Council. In 2020, he won the landmark case of Ferreyra v. Arroyo in the New York State Court of Appeals, knocking a twenty-six year incumbent Member of the N.Y. Assembly off the ballot on the basis of petition fraud, leaving his client, Amanda Septimo, as the only candidate on the ballot in that year’s Democratic Party primary election. Other notable recent clients include Jamaal Bowman, a community activist and middle school principal, who defeated thirty-two year incumbent Congressman Eliot Engel in the June 2020 primary election, in New York’s 16th congressional District in a stunning upset that received widespread national attention.
Dan is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and McGill University.