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Dan has been an attorney specializing in sustainability and environmental law for longer than he cares to admit these days, during which time he's received numerous accolades and awards. He has had the great honor to represent many of the US’s leading non-profits working on sustainable buildings and pedestrian-oriented communities, as well as with developers of sustainable communities and new, alternative energy companies. He is co-founder and partner in Vertical Vision where his title is lawyer and vision wallah. 


He grew up on the Gulf of Mexico where he developed a deep love of the ecology and its inhabitants, and currently lives in Virginia, USA with his wife, dog, and three cats. 

New Urbanism

Dan began working on New Urban projects in 1988.  From the beginning he combined the New Urban development focus on pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use, beautiful place-making with sustainable development principles.  He has worked on dozens of projects and communities around the country and overseas.  For these clients he has created new ordinances and comprehensive plans to remove the impediments to great communities.  Dan has rezoned thousands of acres using Form-Based Codes, TND codes, and conventional Euclidian codes.  He has helped put in place governance approaches especially designed for mixed-use projects with design codes in dozens of states and overseas.  He has integrated advanced sustainability programs into major projects and helped them create unique utility services.


Dan has been on the boards of, or represented, most of the organizations involved in New Urbanism.  He has been on the boards of the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Form-Based Codes Institute, the National Charrette Institute, the Transect Codes Council, the Seaside Institute, the Sky Institute, and the New Urban Guild. He helped create and represented the National Town Builders Association.


Dan has spoken nationally on many issues related to New Urbanism and written numerous articles, especially on the subject of removing barriers to NU projects. He has written chapters in several books about New Urbanism and placemaking

A Step Beyond

Now, Dan is looking to take New Urbanism into the future by adding wildlife planning to its principles, so that villages, towns, and cities all plan their growth to be in harmony with the environment around them, providing safe spaces and throughways for the native wildlife and insect life that shares these spaces.

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