In his real estate and land use practice, Dan represents the proponents of private and public development projects across southeastern Massachusetts, including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. He helps clients build schools, shopping centers, tv and cellular towers, manufacturing facilities, solar energy facilities, condominiums and residential complexes. His guidance helps clients secure necessary land use approvals and permits from local and state boards and agencies to move forward with their initiatives. Additionally, when necessary, Dan represents clients in complex real estate litigation before the state and federal courts.
As an estate planning attorney, Dan helps individuals and their families curate estate plans that protect assets for future generations while taking advantage of the most current tax laws. Dan establishes estate planning and trust administration strategies such as revocable trusts, wills, powers of attorney, healthcare proxies, irrevocable insurance trusts and qualified personal residence trusts among others. Dan is particularly experienced in addressing estate planning issues related to family land holdings.
Dan is an historic preservation and land use enthusiast. He is a past president of Waterfront Historic Area League of New Bedford (WHALE) and acted as their attorney for many years. He handled the organization’s legal work for many of their important projects, including the acquisition and preservation of the Corson Building, which was restored after a devastating fire in 1997. It is now the visitor and education center for the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park. Dan was also involved in the restoration of the Joseph Grinnell Mansion built in 1831, now a congregate living facility for the elderly. He is also the Vice President of the Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust, played a prominent role in the restoration of the 1762 Elihu Akin House and was principally responsible for establishing that organizations program for holding historic preservation restrictions. He served on the board of directors and as Vice President of Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust and acted as their counsel in connection with the acquisition of numerous parcels for permanent conservation, totaling over a thousand acres.
Before joining Partridge Snow & Hahn, Dan was the Managing Partner at Perry Hicks LLC located in New Bedford. While running the firm, he provided advice on land use law, business law, estate planning and wealth management to clients. Earlier in his career, Dan was an associate at the Boston law firm Foley Hoag & Eliot.
- Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
- Pomona College, B.A.
Bar Memberships & Admissions
- United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Counseled and secured local permitting, financing and construction of the Crapo Hill landfill, a 152-acre regional waste disposal and recycling facility operated by the Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District.
- Tried over eighty cases in the zoning, environmental and land use fields, and has argued numerous land use cases before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
- Served as town counsel to numerous towns in southeastern Massachusetts.
- Establishes wealth transfer strategies on behalf of individuals and their families.
- Devises estate planning strategies that address family land holdings.