Dan serves as Vice President and Commercial Underwriting Counsel for the Atlanta National Commercial Services unit. Prior to joining the NCS in 2020, he was a partner in the law firm of Seale, Smith, Zuber & Barnette, LLP located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Joining the firm in 1983, Daniel became a partner in 1986. For many years, he was a litigator and has extensive trial experience, including the representation of title insurers and title agents in liability and title curative litigation. For the last several years, he has represented major banks in the enforcement of the real estate mortgages securing their loans.
Dan is a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, Louisiana Land Title Association, and American Land Title Association. He is an Assistant Bar Examiner for the State of Louisiana in the area of succession law. Dan has presented at several seminars on title law and title insurance topics. He is a licensed title agent in Louisiana since 1985.
Practicing law can be contentious. In my years of trial practice, I won many jury trials and lost others. It is certainly a great thrill for a trial attorney to win a case and a great disappointment in a loss. But I have found that most issues, whether in law or life, can best be resolved when reasonable, intelligent people listen to each other and find common ground. I get great satisfaction in those common ground solutions.
Dan has been active in his community serving as a member, and later president, of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Board. He is a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge and has held numerous leadership positions in both the local church and the Louisiana Conference. Dan has also served for several years as General Counsel for the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana. Regionally, he was also honored to serve on the National Advisory Counsel for the Appalachia Service Project for several years..
Dan earned a B.S. in Management and Administration and Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University. He has lived in Baton Rouge all his life and enjoyes native gardening, comfort food, LSU sports, and his five grandchildren.