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Daan advises multinational companies, startups and individual authors on trademark, copyright and right of publicity matters.

Daan has gained high trust for his particular experience in managing domestic and international trademark portfolios and counseling clients with complex copyright issues. His practice focuses on trademarks and copyrights from clearance and prosecution through licensing and enforcement.

From a young age, Daan developed an interest in intellectual property as well as the food and beverage industry due to his father’s work in the coffee and restaurant business alongside moonlighting as a songwriter. As a result of this influence, and from his first job at a supermarket, Daan understands the food and beverage business from manufacturing to distribution to retail sales and foodservice. Now, he leverages that knowledge to help clients such as packaged food companies and others protect their brands and creative works. He also regularly advises clients on practical considerations in branding strategy and social media promotions and on the legalities surrounding sweepstakes and contests.

Before joining the firm, Daan researched copyright law and policy at the Fordham IP Institute, where he interfaced with judges, practitioners, academics and government leaders from around the world, including heads of agencies such as the U.S. Copyright Office, European Commission, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), U.S. Trade Representative and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

During law school, Daan served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Richard Fruin of Los Angeles Superior Court and interned in HBO’s Santa Monica, California, office. While at HBO, he drafted talent contracts for HBO’s original programming, licensing agreements and other contracts.




  • Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars, Rising Star, 2022 and 2023


  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
      • London International IP Institute, summer 2010
  • Visiting J.D. Student, Fordham University School of Law
  • B.A., New York University
    • cum laude
      • Dean’s Honor Society


  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Nebraska (inactive)

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Copyright Society of the USA
  • International Trademark Assocation
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), 2019 class of Pathfinders
2023 Pro Bono Champion
  • Advising clients on copyright issues such as registrability, fair use and infringement.
  • Prosecuting U.S. trademark and copyright applications and coordinating international trademark filings.
  • Analyzing comprehensive and knock-out trademark clearance searches.
  • Conducting ex parte, opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Copyright and trademark licensing.
  • Counseling companies on trademark selection, clearance, portfolio management, and enforcement strategy.
  • Enforcing trademark rights, including in Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings.
  • Assisting with litigation and International Trade Commission proceedings.
  • Obtained a favorable decision in an ex parte appeal to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board reversing a Section 2(d) likelihood of confusion refusal. In re Productos Verde Valle, S.A. de C.V., No. 87110668 (T.T.A.B. July 25, 2018).
  • Successfully negotiated a literary agent agreement on behalf of a published author.
  • Conducted research and worked on briefing leading to denial of preliminary injunction in trademark and trade dress case.
  • Conducted research and worked on briefing leading to motion for judgment on the pleadings in Lanham Act false advertising case.
Blog | August 11, 2021
Anatomy of a Beer Label: Part III
Blog | August 04, 2021
Anatomy of a Beer Label: Part II
Blog | July 28, 2021
Anatomy of a Beer Label: Part I
Speaking Engagements | June 16, 2022
Speaker, "Fair Use After Google v. Oracle," AIPPI Canada
Webinar | October 2020
Making Your Mark on the World
Speaking Engagements | October 16, 2018, October 17, 2017, and October 18, 2016
Speaker, "Ask a Lawyer: Copyright and Other Legal Considerations for Artists," Omaha Creative Institute, Omaha, NE
Speaking Engagements | October 2, 2018 and October 11, 2018
Guest Lecturer, "Trademark Law," Creighton Law School, Omaha, NE
Speaking Engagements | April 12, 2016
Speaker, Salama International Trade Conference, Omaha, NE
Outside the Office

Daan is a singer-songwriter, player of acoustic guitar and a former member of a garage rock band on (permanent) hiatus. He enjoys learning about history and all kinds of new things simply for the sake of learning, whether or not they will provide any particular use in the future.

Community Leadership
  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts (Chicago), pro bono volunteer (2020 – present)
  • Point Foundation, Scholar Selections Subcommittee (2014-2021, Co-chair 2017-2019)
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts-Nebraska, Advisory Council (2018-2019)
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