Born in Logan, Utah and raised in Dayton, Idaho, Daniel practiced law in Anchorage, Alaska, where he lived with his wife and four children for 11 years before moving back to Cache Valley to live closer to family. He operated his own practice, Kent Law Group, for 5 years before joining forces with Hillyard Anderson & Olsen in 2018. He continues to focus his practice on personal injury and commercial claims.
Daniel graduated from Utah State University in 1998 with degrees in Liberal Arts and French (which he still hopes to use some day). He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School in 2001. Daniel is admitted to practice law before all state and federal courts in Alaska and Utah. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Although Daniel does his best to help his clients resolve their disputes outside of court, that is not always possible. Sometimes trial is necessary, and even appeal. Those cases Daniel has litigated that included appeal and received reported opinions include:
- Alaska Interstate Construction, LLC v. Pacific Diversified Investments, Inc., 279 P3d 1156 (Alaska 2012). Claims included breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unfair trade practices, fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, and anti-trust. The jury returned a verdict finding Pacific Diversified Investments, Inc., and its owner committed $7.3 million dollars in fraud and unfair trade practices while acting as part owner and manager of Alaska Interstate Construction, LLC.
- Phillip D. Casciola v. F.S. Air Service, Inc., 120 P.3d 1059 (Alaska 2005). Claims included breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraud, and unfair trade practices. The court upheld a large punitive damage award in a breach of contract and fraud action to punish intentional torts motivated by financial gain.
- Therchik v. Grant Aviation, Inc., 74 P.3d 191 (Alaska 2003). Claims involved failure of an insurance company to comply with Alaska’s Insurance regulations when drafting policy endorsements restricting coverage.
Since life is not all about law, Daniel has tried to contribute to his communities in other meaningful ways by serving in the following positions:
- Board member, Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center (2012 – 2013)
- Scoutmaster, Asst. Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach, Merit Badge Counselor, and/or Committee Member, Troop 266 & 319 (2002 – Present) (Daniel is an Eagle Scout)
- Member, Logan High School Community Council (2015 – Present)
- Member, Logan Schools Foundation (2017 – present)
Otherwise, Daniel is spending time with his family, golfing, playing basketball, hunting or fishing.