The Distinguished Service Award recognizes members of the AAJ Board of Governors who during the past year have been of special assistance to AAJ and the president of the association. Dan has served on the national governing board of the AAJ since 1998, acting as liaison between the national board and trial lawyers in the State of Maine. In 2020, AAJ President Bruce Stern singled out Dan for his service to AAJ’s Public Education committee, its Public Affairs committee, and its National Finance Counsel as well as for assistance with governance matters within the organization.
“I am dedicated to this community of trial lawyers who work together and fight to balance the scales of justice,” Dan said. “This award recognizes the importance of our work on behalf of victims and injured persons by strengthening the civil justice system. I look forward to continuing this important work.”
This is the second time Dan has been honored with the AAJ Distinguished Service Award. He has also received the AAJ Wiedemann & Wysocki Award for service to the legal profession and access to justice. Dan’s legal acumen has been acknowledged by multiple organizations throughout his career, including as among America’s Top 100 Attorneys, The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and receiving top ratings by Martindale-Hubbell.
A Maine native, Dan is also active with the Maine Trial Lawyers Association. He is a contributing author for the guide to superior court practice in Maine on the topic of trial advocacy. He speaks frequently on tort law and trial advocacy at legal education seminars; and has authored several legal articles on a wide range of subjects, including maximizing recovery on complex cases, presentation of expert witnesses, and client communication.
The mission of the AAJ is to promote a fair and effective justice system and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.