Dan’s practice includes commercial disputes, administrative and regulatory matters, criminal defence, and constitutional and public law litigation. He has particular expertise in Aboriginal law matters having assisted Indigenous governments across the country in asserting claims to protect their Aboriginal and treaty rights and enforce duties flowing from the honour of the Crown.
Before joining Stockwoods in 2022, Dan practiced at a top Aboriginal law boutique, and, prior to that, in the litigation group of a leading national firm. He has litigated a wide variety of contractual disputes, product liability cases, medical negligence actions, and construction claims. Dan has appeared in courts throughout Canada, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, and the Supreme Court of Yukon.
Dan was called to the bar in 2016 after completing his articles as a clerk for the Honourable Anne L. Mactavish (as she then was) at the Federal Court. Dan is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School. He holds an M.A. in philosophy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a B.A. from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University.
Representing an Ontario First Nation at trial in an action regarding the boundaries of its reserve that were established by a 19th century treaty (decision under reserve).
Representing a Yukon First Nation in a judicial review challenging a Government of Yukon’s decision to approve a mining project on the basis that it failed to fulfill the duty to consult (decision under reserve).
Métis Nation of Alberta Association v. Alberta (Indigenous Relations), 2022 ABQB 6: representing the Métis Nation of Alberta in a judicial review successfully establishing that the Government of Alberta owed a duty to negotiate with respect to a Métis consultation policy.
Representing a general contractor in a dispute with the City of Toronto regarding the renovation of Union Station.
Toronto-Dominion Bank v. Canada, 2020 FCA 80: representing the appellant in an appeal regarding the interpretation of the deemed trust provisions of the Excise Tax Act.
O’Neill-Renouf v. Ibrahim, 2019 ONSC 4369: representing a physician in a medical negligence action regarding the performance of a surgical procedure.
The Advocates’ Society
Ontario Bar Association