Painting by Ariel Shallit.

Painting by Ariel Shallit.


Dan has been described as "an enterprising First Amendment attorney" by Vanity Fair. He has also been hung up on by the Justice Department's FOIA office . . . repeatedly. 

All of Dan's FOIA representations are undertaken pro bono, because Dan loves journalism (and because he has a day job). Prior to his career in law, Dan's news media experience included running various school newspapers and getting run out of various school newspapers. 

If you ask Dan why he commissioned a rhinoceros for his website logo, he will claim it's a metaphor for his legal philosophy: "Rhinos never backpedal." That is a bogus fact.  Dan just likes rhinos.

To paraphrase Conan the Barbarian, if you ask Dan what is best in life, he would say: "To sue for public records, see redactions driven before me, and to hear the lamentations of the Assistant United States Attorneys, Civil Division."