- Practice Areas: Family Law (QDROs, division of retirement assets, divorce, child custody), Family Law Appeals
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 602.258.1000
- Admissions: State of Arizona, District of Arizona, Ninth Circuit
- Education: B.A. in English, University of Washington (2003), J.D., Arizona State University (2008)
Daniel’s family law practice is concentrated on litigation and appeals involving retirement assets. Daniel is a Board-Certified Family Law Specialist (State Bar of Arizona Board of Specialization) and a Certified QDRO Professional (American Association of Certified QDRO Professionals). In addition to his family law practice, Daniel also offers services as an expert witness regarding the valuation and division of retirement assets, including calculations involving direct-pay orders (Koelsch payments), social security offsets, and lump-sum valuations.
Daniel is experienced in valuing and preparing domestic relations orders (QDROs) involving all manner of retirement accounts, including:
- Savings Plans, such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans
- Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)
- Health Savings Accounts
- Deferred Compensation, such as 457(b) plans, Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans, and Top Hat plans
- Employee Stock Option Plans, including those that involve Restricted Stock Units, Phantom Shares, and other contingent benefits
- Federal, State, and municipal pension plans, such as Arizona State Retirement System, Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, Deferred Retirement Option Plan, City of Phoenix Employees’ Retirement System, Corrections Officer Retirement Plan, Federal Employees’ Retirement System, and Thrift Savings Plan
- Private-sector pension plans, including those managed by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Daniel is deeply committed to the development and advancement of family law. He serves on the Family Law Section of the Board of Governors (Maricopa County Bar Association), and he regularly volunteers his time to teach Continuing Legal Education seminars on a variety of family law topics.
In his free time, Daniel enjoys hiking, reading, and writing.
Awards + Publications + Presentations
- Winner of the Arizona State Bar Association’s 2021 arts competition for a work of fiction, which was published in Arizona Attorney magazine.
- Earned an Honorable Mention in the Arizona State Bar Association’s 2020 arts competition for a work of nonfiction, which was published in Arizona Attorney magazine.
- Recipient of the Charlotte Paul Reese Award for Short Fiction.
- Twice been invited as a storyteller by the Arizona Storytellers Project.
- Recognized for pro bono services during the National Pro Bono Celebration.