Dan joined Tarrant, Gillies, Merriman & Richardson as an associate in 2005 and became a partner in the firm in 2009. Dan’s practice focuses on civil litigation, administrative hearings, mediation, and appeals. His clients include municipalities, individuals, and businesses. Dan’s practice focuses on the following areas:
Dan currently serves as a small claims court judge with Washington Superior Court and was recently appointed by the Washington County Superior Court to serve as a special master in a matter involving the receivership of an insurance company. He is a member of the Montpelier Development Review Board. Dan is on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Bar Foundation and in December 2013 he was nominated to become President-Elect of the Vermont Bar Association. Dan is also the Founder and Editor of the SCOV Law Blog, which has summarized every published Vermont Supreme Court decision since July 2010. Dan’s summaries for the Blog are often cross-posted on Vermont Digger. Dan is also an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School where he teaches municipal law.
Vermont Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2003)
Editor-in-Chief Vermont Law Review
American Jurisprudence Award in Dispute Resolution Advanced Torts (Products Liability), National Security Law, Legislation, Sales, & International Human Rights.
Moot Court Advisory Board 2002–03
Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A., Philosophy, English Literature, and Writing, summa cum laude, 1996) Phi Beta Kappa
U.S. District Court, Vermont (2008)
Federal Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (2010)
Note, The Lost Child of Products Liability: New Thoughts About Advertising and the Learned Intermediary Doctrine 27 Vt. L. Rev. 1017 (2003).
Book Review, Legal Style Indexed: The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style, Vt. Bar J. (Summer 2004).
Book Review, Doomed Enterprises: The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox, Vt. Bar J. (Fall 2004).
Book Review, Democrats at the Crossroads of History Two Books Explore the Fate of the Party, Vt. Bar J. (Summer 2006).
Book Review, Harding Gets His Due (Sorta), VT. BAR.J. (Summer 2010).
Article, The Law School Dilemma for State Bar Associations,Vt. Bar.J. (Spring 2013) (forthcoming).
Vermont Bar Association
Board of Bar Managers (2007–Present)
• President-Elect (September 2013)
Young Lawyer’s Division Board of Managers(2006–10)
• President (2008–2009)
Vermont Bar Foundation
Board of Directors (2011–Present)
Vermont Supreme Court
Plain English Civil Jury Instruction Committee (2003–07)
Acting Judge, Washington County Small Claims Court (2011–Present)
Special Master, Ambassador Insurance Co. (2013)
Development Review Board, City of Montpelier (2007–Present)
Cemetery Commission, City of Montpelier (2007–13)
Design Review Committee for Montpelier’s Historic District(2005–07)
Law Clerk, Hon. Matthew I. Katz, Chittenden Superior Court (2003–04)
Law Clerk, Hon. Richard W. Norton, Chittenden Superior Court (2004–05)
Dan is an avid swimmer and jazz collector. Dan worked for several years as a gravedigger in Boston at Forest Hills Cemetery. He lives with his wife and two children in Montpelier.