Daniel received his J.D., cum laude, from Lewis & Clark Law School, where he was a Research Assistant to Professor and Dean Emeritus Robert H. Klonoff. During law school, he served as an Articles Editor for the Lewis & Clark Law Review and placed first in the ABA Moot Court Negotiations Intraschool Competition. Daniel received his undergraduate degree in anthropology from Portland State University and he continues to cultivate his passion for archaeology through actively volunteering at the Fort Vancouver Archaeology Lab.
- Successfully defended a public university before the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) concerning employee allegations surrounding the implementation of ADA accommodations.
- Analyzed employee classifications for a large insurer under Oregon’s workers’ compensation scheme; provided counsel on policy audits regarding gig-economy workers.
- Obtained a favorable reversal on appeal to the Workers’ Compensation Division (WCD), which overturned an ALJ’s order and adopted the client’s interpretation of the WCD’s rules.
- Effectively defended a nonprofit business against an employee’s claim for workers’ compensation benefits regarding an incident that did not “arise out of” employment.
- Secured a favorable ruling on appeal to the WCB, which overturned an ALJ’s order that held a small employer liable for an employee’s occupational disease.
Professional Experience and Affiliations▲▼
- Workers’ Compensation Roundtable: Member (2019-present)
- Workers’ Compensation Institute: Member (2019-present)
- American Bar Association: Member (2015-present)
- Oregon State Bar: Appellate Practice Section, Member (2018-present); Workers’ Compensation Section, Member (2018-present)
- State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF): Appellate Attorney (2018-2019); Trial Department, Law Clerk (2017-2018)
- Oregon Department of Justice: Special Assistant Attorney General (2018-2019)
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Portland District, Law Clerk (Summer 2016)
- “A Statute Without Teeth: Is a Private Right of Action in the National Historic Preservation Act Necessary for Meaningful Cultural Resource Protection?,” Vermont Law Review, Forthcoming 2020
- Featured in “An Articulate Reprise to Opt Out,” WorkCompCentral, June 17, 2019
- Featured in “Daniel Walker’s Fourth Era of Workers’ Compensation,” Workers’ Compensation Law Prof Blog, June 11, 2019
- “Opt-Out and the Fourth Era of Workers’ Compensation: Has Industry Left the Bargaining Table?,” Western New England Law Review, Spring 2019
- “I Do My Job, Now You Do Yours: How Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation System has Found Savings in a Time of Costly Care,” Lewis & Clark Law Review, Winter 2018
- Lewis & Clark Law School Mentor Program: Mentor (2019-present)
- Fort Vancouver Archaeology Lab: Volunteer (2015-present)
- Oregon Archaeological Society: Member (2014-present)