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Overview

Dan focuses his practice on complex federal, international and state tax issues in both planning and controversy matters.

He has represented numerous individuals, partnerships and corporations in a wide variety of tax audits, administrative appeals and litigation.

In addition to civil and criminal tax controversy matters, Dan has focused on complex business transactions, including purchases, sales, mergers, divestitures and restructurings. As part of his focus on international tax matters, he has assisted numerous clients in structuring offshore activities, whether through expansion or acquisition of existing businesses. He has also advised numerous foreign businesses on structuring their U.S. activities.

Dan’s experience includes:

  • Representing taxpayers in the reporting of undisclosed foreign bank accounts.
  • Advising numerous individuals and entities on transferring real estate to real estate investment trusts, primarily public companies.
  • Representing a German oil refinery in entering the United States by partnering with an existing operation and then investing $50 million for a new refinery plant.

Daniel is also a certified public accountant.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation and Controversy - Tax, 2016-2020

Education

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
    • cum laude
      • Order of the Coif
  • B.B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • summa cum laude

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of International Trade

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Milwaukee Tax Club
  • Wisconsin State and Local Tax Club
Experience
  • Represented owners in $12 million sale of 16 Wisconsin cemeteries and a granite monuments business to NYSE-traded company.
  • Represented manufacturer of concrete pumping systems and accessories in negotiating strategic partnership with a company offering complementary services. Our team also negotiated acquisition of an ownership interest in the new partner and handled document preparation for the transactions.
  • As key member of the firm's CARES Act resource team, advised clients on accessing COVID-19-driven financial and tax benefits, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Employee Retention Credit and the deferral of employment taxes.
  • Represented a number of taxpayers in the reporting of undisclosed foreign bank accounts, through both the IRS offshore voluntary disclosure initiative and on audit.
  • Advised numerous clients on acquiring existing operations in and/or expanding operations to foreign countries. He has completed multiple transactions in each of Canada, Belgium, Mexico, Ireland, China, Vietnam, Australia, Japan, Brazil, India, the United Kingdom and France. The assistance included corporate work and determining the optional tax structure from both a U.S. and foreign country perspective.
  • Represented numerous foreign investors entering the United States, including structuring of inbound investment and negotiation of agreements with U.S. partners. A representative transaction is a German oil refinery entering the United States by partnering with an existing operation and then investing $50 million for a new refinery plant.
  • Advised several foreign investors, individuals and otherwise, on structuring acquisitions of real estate in the United States.
  • Handled the tax structuring and planning of many business acquisitions, ranging in size from$100,000 to $500 million.
  • Previously served as legal counsel for a Fortune 500 company in completing business acquisitions. Lead corporate lawyer for eight years on all domestic and international business acquisitions, ranging in size from $750,000 to $185 million.
  • Represented numerous clients in tax-deferred exchanges, including a property exchange involving more than 100 properties.
  • Represented numerous individuals and entities in transferring real estate to real estate investment trusts, primarily public companies.
  • Drafted numerous complex partnership agreements and operating agreements, joint ventures with both active members and equity investors.
  • Represented numerous clients in selling or donating conservative easements both through tax planning and working with various land trusts, ranging in size from several hundred thousand dollars to $4 million.
  • Advised medical professionals in structuring the sale or combination of their medical and dental practices. This included determining the best tax structure, negotiating the acquisition or merger agreements and assisting with the ongoing employment relationships after closing.
Case Studies
Associated Banc-Corp

Long-time client Associated Banc-Corp approached our team in late March 2020 regarding the potential sale of Associated Benefits & Risk Consulting (ABRC). We had assisted Associated in building the unit over the previous decade, having worked on numerous acquisitions that turned ABRC into the 36th largest broker of U.S. business providing employee benefits, retirement plans, compliance, business insurance, risk management and individual insurance solutions. When the time came for Associated to monetize that investment, our team had the deep knowledge of the business needed to make things happen.

Alerts | July 11, 2018
U.S. Supreme Court's Decision on Sales Tax Has Big Implications

In South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., et al., the U.S. Supreme Court recently overruled long-standing precedent on what is necessary to create “nexus” to collect sales or use tax on sales into a particular state. 

White Papers | November 07, 2017
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: An Executive Summary
News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | August 15, 2017
Husch Blackwell Places 156 Lawyers in 2018 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 156 Husch Blackwell lawyers in its 2018 directory, breaking the firm’s old record of 151 set last year. The firm also has 10 attorneys listed as “Lawyers of the Year” and 15 lawyers who have made the list for the first time.

Community Leadership
  • Glacial Lakes Conservancy, Inc., Board of Directors
  • National Ice Age Trail Alliance, Director and Treasurer

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