Daniel J. Dunn was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State University with a political science degree in 1988. He graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law, with distinction, in 1991. Since that time, Dan’s practice has focused on plaintiff’s personal injury, wrongful death, and product liability lawsuits. Dan also handles business disputes for the plaintiff or defendant.
Dan is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and the National Board of Trial Advocacy (fewer than 25 certified in North Dakota). Dan is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in North Dakota and Minnesota. He is also licensed to practice in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Dan has been listed as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Plaintiff in the areas of personal injury, products liability and commercial litigation in 2012, 2013, and 2014. He has been identified as a “Leading Litigator” by Chambers USA in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Dan has also been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine in the personal injury area in the last seven evaluation periods — 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Dan was named as the Plaintiff’s “Lawyer of the Year” for personal injury litigation by Best Lawyers in 2013. Dan was also named as “Lawyer of the Year” for commercial litigation in 2014. Dan was inducted into the International Society of Barristers in 2014. He has earned an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating provided by the peer review rating system. Dan has been described by a client as a “no-nonsense, polite, respected and extremely knowledgeable lawyer.”
Dan and other members of MWLO led an “I Buckle Up” campaign for the Traffic Safety Task Force and participated in presentations to more than 1,500 area fifth graders emphasizing the need for children and their families to use seatbelts. He and other members of MWLO are also presenting a program on Distracted Driving to local high school students.
Dan has served on several boards including: current North Dakota State University Alumni Board of Directors, past Vice President of the North Dakota Soccer Association, past President of Red River Soccer Club, past President of the Shanley Athletic Club, and past Chair of Fargo Catholic Schools Network. He has received various awards including: American Diabetes Association’s “Amateur Athletics Person of the Year,” Red River Soccer Club’s “Volunteer of the Year,” North Dakota Youth Soccer Association’s “Volunteer of the Year,” National Association of Legal Secretaries of Fargo-Moorhead’s “Boss of the Year,” and North Dakota State Bar Association’s “Community Service Award.” Dan has also served as the past President of the Cass County Bar Association and taught as an Adjunct Professor at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Dan currently serves on the Special Assessment Commission for the City of Fargo.
Dan works hard on behalf of his clients and gains enormous satisfaction helping them through difficult legal challenges. Dan and his wife live in Fargo with their three children.