After graduating from Creighton School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska, Dan began his legal career in 1982 as an entry level prosecutor in the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
During his 29 years as a prosecutor he gained experience in virtually every department in the Office. At various times in his career he has been head of Homicide,
Vehicular Homicide, Narcotics, Chief Trial Attorney and Assistant District Attorney. Dan has tried scores of felony cases, including 18 homicide trials.
Dan has served under six elected District Attorneys, including Bob Russel, John Suthers, and Jeanne Smith.
After leaving the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in 2004, Dan served four years as head of all county courts in the 18th Judicial District.
Dan was elected D.A. for both Teller and El Paso Counties in 2008 and is currently serving his first term.
As District Attorney Dan oversees and manages a staff of 79 attorneys, 138 staff and a volunteer team of 100-125.
El Paso County has become the most populous county in the state and our office prosecutes one of the highest caseloads. Dan believes in
leadership by example and makes it a priority to co-chair trials with young attorneys new to District Court.
Our Office looks for new and innovative ways to promote public safety in our community. In 2009, the first Veteran’s Court in the State of
Colorado began under Dan’s leadership. This program ensures that our veterans are treated with dignity and respect while receiving necessary therapy and being held
accountable for their crimes. This philosophy is also demonstrated in our Juvenile Diversion Unit, our Drug Court and our mediation unit. At the same time Dan takes
a tough stand on those who commit crimes against our children and our elderly, those who commit violent crimes and those that are habitual criminals.
Dan remains active in the community by serving on the Joint Initiative Board which is a collaboration for youth and families, serving as a member and past president of
Rotary Club Service Organization, and serving as past chair of the El Paso County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee. Dan conducts legal training
for law enforcement several times a year at both the local and state level.
Dan is a product of District 11 schools, graduating from William Mitchell H.S. He received a Business degree in Economics at
Arizona State University and his J.D. degree in law from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Dan is married and has two sons.