An Accredited Family Law Specialist, Dan’s approach to family law is encapsulated in Dale Turner’s saying: “Power and wisdom is not our capacity to make war but our capacity to prevent it”. Given the highly emotive nature of family law, Dan assists his clients to distil the important issues to resolve them as amicably, expeditiously, and cost-effectively as possible.
After completing his schooling at Ipswich Grammar School, Dan was an exchange student in Japan and completed his undergraduate degrees in Japanese, political science, and law.
Dan completed his articles of clerkship in family law and was mentored by well-known family lawyers Michael Small, Federal Circuit Court Judge Peter Cole, and legal publisher Robert Glade-Wright. He also was co-ordinator of the Gold Coast Community Legal Advice Centre, a collective of volunteers providing free legal advice to the community.
Joining Jones Mitchell Lawyers in 2002, Dan became a partner in 2008. He has a particular interest resolving issues for clients with complex financial cases. Dan is a media spokesperson for Jones Mitchell Lawyers and practises and speaks on family law issues including:
Dan is a guest presenter at Bond University’s Faculty of Law. He regularly volunteers his time to supervise law students who undertake the in-house subject in family law offered by Jones Mitchell Lawyers.
Dan also volunteers as a coach to Bond University’s team in the National Family Law Mooting Competition. In 2012, the team finished runners up to Sydney University in the National Final of the Competition.
In 2012, Dan was elected on the committee of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland and sat on the organising committee for the Queensland Law Society’s Annual Family Law Residential, a conference dedicated to education of family lawyers in developing areas of law.
To further his expertise, Dan recently completed his Masters of Applied Family Law and received the Sandra Paul Memorial Prize for the most outstanding Masters graduate.