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.
- Advised employers on various paid and unpaid leave obligations implicated by COVID-19, including Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL), Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA), Paid Time Off (PTO), FMLA/OFLA, and Oregon Sick Time.
- Created and reviewed COVID-19 Social Distancing Policies and Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plans for compliance with ever-changing federal, state, and local guidance.
- Counseled employers of all sizes on COVID-19-related unemployment matters (e.g. CARES Act, Oregon Shared Work, partial unemployment, protesting unemployment charges, etc.).
- Advised a private college on time sensitive HIPAA and FERPA compliance.
- Created a temporary communicable disease leave plan for a large healthcare provider.
- Counseled employers on implications of unexpected temporary layoffs during COVID-19 pandemic.
- 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)
- Portland Metro Payroll Association: “Navigating Coronavirus in the Workplace,” Presenter (4/15/20)
- Oregon CUPA-HR Spring Conference: “Coronavirus in the Workplace: How Employers Should Respond," Presenter (4/3/20)
- “Public Employers,” OBI Oregon Human Resources Manuel, 15th Edition, Chapter 35 Author, 2020
- “Practical Steps to Address COVID-19 Workplace Safety Liability, Daily Journal of Commerce, July 24, 2020
- “CDC Issues Guidance on COVID-19 Testing in the Workplace,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, July 22, 2020
- “School is Out, but Child Care Issues Remain: Navigating FFCRA & OFLA Child Care Leave Requests During Summer Break,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, July 1, 2020
- “Returning to the Office: Phase 2 Reopening Plan Allows Businesses to Resume In-Office Work,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, June 11, 2020
- “New Rules for Oregon Businesses,” Oregon Business Report, May 18, 2020
- “Oregon Executive Order Allows Previously Closed Businesses to Reopen While Offering Specific Guidance for Retailers,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, May 15, 2020
- “Has Your Temporary Layoff Been Extended?,” Oregon Business Report, April 14, 2020
- “Has Your Temporary Layoff Been Extended?,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, April 13, 2020
- “Expanded DOL Guidance on New Paid Leave Laws,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, March 28, 2020
- “Can Employers Take Temperature Checks?,” Oregon Business Report, March 25, 2020
- “Oregon Executive Order Shuts Down Specific Businesses & Tightens Social Distancing Measures for Others,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, March 23, 2020
- “Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Issues Updated Guidance Permitting Employee Body Temperature Checks,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, March 20, 2020
- “Coronavirus in the Community: How Employers Should Respond to the Outbreak,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, March 2, 2020
- “Employers Take Note: New Form I-9 Rollout,” Barran Liebman Electronic Alert, February 24, 2020
- “Coronavirus in the Workplace: Safety Considerations for Employers with Employees Returning from Coronavirus-Infected Areas,” Cascade Business News, February 19, 2020
- “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, Winter 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)