Daniel is an associate attorney at the Brandy Austin Law Firm with a focus on family law.
Daniel was born and raised in Glastonbury, a suburb outside of Hartford, Connecticut. He was born into a loving and supporting family, He attributes his work ethic, pragmatism, and attention to detail to his father, while his sympathy, zealousness, and sense of justice comes from loving mother. His best friend is his younger brother.
From a young age, Daniel desired to be an attorney. So, after graduating East Catholic High School, Daniel attended the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT. There, he was on Dean’s List, and he was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society, He graduated cum laude with major in Political Science and a minor in History.
After earning his bachelor’s degree, he decided he follow his dream to become a trial attorney and was accepted to the Mississippi College School of Law.
In the summer after his first year of law school, he clerked for two well-established solo practitioners in the Jackson, Mississippi area. His first clerkship was with a criminal law attorney. There, Daniel assisted in felony trials, conducted legal research, and drafted memoranda and jury instructions.
Seeking to expand his knowledge, his second clerkship was with a reputable attorney located in the rural area of Forest, Mississippi. There, he drafted pleadings, appellate briefs (one of which was a first impression on the Mississippi Supreme Court, and assisted in hearings for all types of litigation, including family law, personal injury, criminal law, land disputes, and business litigation.
Wanting more experience in criminal law, Daniel externed with the Mississippi Federal Public Defender’s office in Jackson, Mississippi. There, he was sworn in under Mississippi’s limited practice act, which allowed him to take part in a variety of pre-trial criminal hearings, including detention hearings, motions to suppress evidence, and sentencing hearings.
Still heeding the call to criminal law, Daniel clerked briefly for the Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel for the Mississippi Office of the State Public Defender. In this office, Daniel assisted in researching and drafting memorandum and appellate briefs for prisoners on Mississippi’s death row.
However, Daniel’s work in law school was not limited to clerkships and externships. He developed as a person and followed the calling to help the downtrodden. So, in his last year of law school, he was nominated to be the President of the American Civil Liberties Union and Animal Legal Defense Fund student chapters. He also revisited his passion for philosoph, and he was invited to be the research assistant for Dr. Mark C. Modak-Truran for the Law and Religion seminar and assisted in other scholarly articles.
After graduating from law school, Daniel felt homesick, and he returned to Connecticut to Boyle Shaughnessy, one of New England’s most experienced and renowned defense litigation firms. Daniel received hands-on experience with all types of personal injury litigation, including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, professional liability, subrogation, insurance coverage issues, product liability, construction litigation, and wrongful death. He also acquired a no-nonsense, pragmatic, and analytic approach to the law.
Yet, during his time at Boyle Shaughnessy, that Daniel had his own personal experience with divorce, child custody, and visitation. This sparked his deep passion for family law.
So, after Boyle Shaughnessy, Daniel accepted a position as an associate attorney at a private full-service law firm with a focus on family law, landlord-tenant law, business disputes, and personal injury. Daniel handled cases at all stages of litigation including sitting first-chair a trials.
However, the call to practice solely family law was too strong to ignore. Thus, Daniel accepted a fellowship position at Connecticut Legal Services, a non-profit legal aid law firm that assists and represents clients who cannot afford an attorney. There, he and another attorney took on approximately 500 domestic violence applicants in obtaining restraining orders in the Judicial District of Waterbury, Connecticut for the e Civil Gideon Project for Domestic Violence, Moreover, Daniel also provided staff representation in divorce, child custody, visitation, child support, and post-judgment matter at all stages of litigation.
After his fellowship, Daniel was invited to be an associate family law attorney at Connecticut Legal Services for the Judicial District of Waterbury, Connecticut. There, Daniel represented primarily domestic violence survivors, and achieved desirable results in divorce, child custody, visitation, child support, and post-judgment matters, at all stages of litigation.
Daniel is quite proud of his time at Connecticut Legal Services. Not only did he acquire experience in the courtroom, but he also gained and used his own experience in family law to help his clients achieve results in their most vulnerable, sensitive, and trying times.
Now, Daniel relocated to the Dallas-Fort Worth Area with his lovely fiancé, Catalina, to be closer to his son, Liam, as an associate attorney for Brandy Austin with a focus on family law.
Daniel brings a holistic, experienced, detailed, and results-driven approach to the family law clients of the Brandy Austin Law Firm. As someone who has experienced his own divorce and child custody issues, he lends a sympathetic ear to his clients’ wants and needs while laying out realistic assessments to obtain favorable results for his clients.
In most family law cases, Daniel appreciates that many of his clients are at their most vulnerable. Many times, in family law, Daniel knows that his clients are emotional. They feel exposed, uncertain, confused, scared, angry, sad, and hurt. Thus, he provides personal understanding and ensures that his clients understand the process throughout the course of case. He knows that clients want to know that someone is willing to go to bat for them in their time of need.
He is an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, Boston Red Sox, mixed martial arts, and dystopian novels.
In his spare time, you can find Daniel honing his craft in family law, fly fishing, practicing Brazilian jiujitsu, golfing, reading, exercising, traveling and watching the Colombian national soccer team with his fiancé, and playing dinosaurs or Godzilla with his son.