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“Attorney Miske did an outstanding presentation to the jury … he is an outstanding lawyer.”

Judge, Waukesha Circuit Court

Overview

One of only two Wisconsin attorneys admitted to the national College of Community Association Lawyers, which recognizes excellence in the practice, Daniel represents condominium and homeowners associations (HOAs) throughout the state.

He handles the many issues facing the boards of directors and managers of condominium associations, homeowner associations, cooperatives and timeshares, including document amendments, collections, contracts, rules and governance.

Daniel’s interest in condominium law started when he became a condo owner. He is now the president of his condominium association. He relates well to his clients because he can identify with the complexities of condo ownership and the diversity of the legal challenges that boards and managers confront.

Daniel is a member of the firm’s Executive Board.

“Attorney Miske did an outstanding presentation to the jury … he is an outstanding lawyer.”

Judge, Waukesha Circuit Court


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Real Estate, 2012-2019, Commercial Litigation, 2013-2019; Contruction Law, 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Education

  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law
  • B.S., Marquette University

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • College of Community Association Lawyers, Membership Committee, National Chair, 2017-present
  • Community Association Institute, Wisconsin Chapter, Legislative Action Committee, Chair, 2013-present; Board of Directors, 2007-2013; President, 2010-2012
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Courts Committee
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
Featured Case Study

Condominium Association Obtains Favorable Results in Mediation

While representing a condominium association, Daniel and his team filed a notice of arbitration for $5.5 million against the developer over construction defects. In its response, the developer admitted no liability and advised it had no assets. After reviewing facts supported by two engineering reports, the developer agreed to mediation. In mediation, Daniel suggested creative strategies for maximizing payments from the developer to the association. In addition to paying $200,000 up front, the developer promised to pay the association 75 percent of the net value of sales of all units once the first mortgage was paid off and to hand over control of the parking structure.


Additional Experience
  • Filed collection action of $78,000 for construction company against its insurer based on assignment of insurance proceeds. Matter was construction restoration case for water leak at laundromat. Insurance company counterclaimed for $500,000 to $800,000 in damages, claiming deficiencies with work and delays in completion. Court dismissed client's claim but ordered judgment on motions for $170,000 against insurance company.
  • Represented condominium association in case against unit owner who argued his air conditioner was dripping. Unit owner would not accept settlement offer, so case went to trial. Jury found in favor of condominium association and awarded $39,000 in attorneys' fees.
  • Represented door manufacturer in jury trial in which client was awarded $1.5 million verdict.
  • Wrote amendment to Wisconsin Condominium Act and chaired legislative action committee that supported passage of law that allows condominium associations to amend declarations by more easily obtaining mortgagee approval.
  • Aggressively collected more than $5 million in delinquent accounts for Wisconsin condominium association facing cash-flow crunch, allowing association to pay off debts and make regular payments on its expenses.
  • Developed procedure for Wisconsin condominium associations to follow when handling emotional support animal requests.
  • Defended Wisconsin condominium association against unit owner's claims of discrimination and breach of fiduciary duty, prompted by association's refusal to ban smoking in all units. Association won summary judgment at trial and was awarded frivolous costs and fees. Appellate court affirmed ruling.
  • Advised Wisconsin condominium association on bringing quiet title action against lender to clear way for sale of foreclosed unit.
  • Counseled numerous Wisconsin condominium associations on procedures needed to properly fine resident or unit owner for violation of association documents.
  • Advised Wisconsin association that faced significant collection issues as result of mismanaged files and errors by former counsel. Association collected more than $25,000 from prior attorney.
Thought Leadership
Blog Posts
Know Your Governing Documents
September 12, 2018
Banning Short Term Rentals
August 22, 2018
2018 Condo & HOA Issues
March 19, 2018
You Can’t Do That
February 05, 2018
Elections from Hell
January 30, 2018
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Outside the Office

Daniel plays recreational golf and enjoys skiing.

Though he can ski in snowy Wisconsin, Daniel prefers to vacation out West with his three grown children and their friends.

Daniel also plays on a softball league in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. He used to play competitive softball for Funjet, an all-inclusive vacation travel company. His team had a national sponsor and flew to U.S. destinations to compete every other weekend.

Community Leadership

Daniel volunteers as a church youth leader, serving as an adult role model for high school kids.

He and his wife, Cindy, meet every week with a Bible-based youth group to connect and build rapport with teens. The young adults share their thoughts about life and often continue the relationships after they move on to college.

Daniel’s additional community leadership includes:

  • Christ Church, Youth Leader, 2010-present; President, 2012-2015
  • Mequon-Thiensville Education Foundation Board, 2010-2013
  • North Shore Country Club, President, 2009; Board of Directors, 2007-2009
Legislative Author

Daniel wrote an amendment to the Wisconsin condominium statute.

Traditionally, condominium associations in the state had to obtain mortgagee (bank) approval to amend declarations. To make it easier for condominium boards to amend their declarations, Daniel authored an amendment to the statute stipulating that a condominium association’s amendment request is deemed approved if the bank has not responded within 60 days. The amendment was signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker in 2018.

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