Dan is in his ninth year as a Hennepin County District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District. Before his appointment to the bench, Dan was an attorney in the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office.
Born and raised in rural Wisconsin, Dan was exposed early on to the great outdoors by his father, a dedicated hunter and sportsman. With encouragement from both his parents, Dan and his brother joined the Boy Scouts where they actively participated in camp-outs and high adventure trips. Both Dan and his brother became Eagle Scouts.
Continuing this tradition, Dan is an active member and committee chair for Troop 196 in Minneapolis, to which two of his three children belong. Dan is an avid outdoorsman and sportsman who believes that nature not only offers exposure to unparalleled beauty, but also the opportunity to learn about ourselves.