Daniel E. Garrison | Founder & Managing Partner
Dan Garrison has over 15 years of corporate restructuring, business bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and corporate and real estate transaction experience. He holds an AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest professional designation awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, the primary professional rating organization for attorneys and has been listed in Southwest Super Lawyers®, a designation limited to the top 5% of attorneys in the southwestern United States. He has been named to the “Top Lawyers” list for bankruptcy by Arizona Business Magazine in multiple years. In 2007, he received the “Turnaround of the Year” Award from the Arizona Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association.
Dan graduated from the University of Utah College of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, was a member of the Utah Law Review, and ranked nationally in a moot court competition. Following graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Dee V. Benson of the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Prior to founding his own firm, Dan practiced for many years with regional, national and international law firms.
Dan regularly represents corporate debtors, acquirers, investors and other significant constituencies of troubled companies. He has restructuring experience in the real estate development, retail, manufacturing, health care, telecommunications, construction, airline and high-tech industries. Dan also has significant “real world” business experience. He is a founding principal of Andante Ventures and Andante Properties, both of which are involved in real estate investment and management. He has served as President, CEO and a Director of a wholesale company, General Manager of a multi-location retail company, and was the founding Program Manager of a community mediation service.
Dan is a frequent panelist, speaker and writer for various professional organizations. He has mediated over 150 community and business disputes in the last 20 years, and was a regular faculty member in community mediation training for a number of years. Dan has taught numerous continuing legal education courses for attorneys and paralegals on topics including bankruptcy law and procedure, litigation and legal writing. He also has for many years been a judge for moot court, client advocacy and writing competitions for the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. From 1995 to 2000, Dan served as a volunteer judge pro tempore of the Utah Third District Court, Small Claims Division. He also was a volunteer attorney for the “Tuesday Night Bar” program of the Utah State Bar that offered free legal consultations to indigent clients. From 1996 to 2000, he was a member and then chairperson of the State of Utah ADR Providers Certification Committee, where he helped develop and then implement licensing standards for mediators and arbitrators. From 1996 to 2000, Dan was a member of the Board and then served as President of the Young Lawyers Division of the Utah State Bar. He is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts in Arizona and Utah.
Dan and his wife, Julie, have been married since 1988 and have four children. Dan has for many years been a volunteer coach for various youth sports teams, and has been involved in teaching environmentalism, camping and hiking skills, and mountain biking to young men for over 10 years. Dan is an avid golfer, skier, mountain biker and backpacker.
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- University of Utah, B.S., Sociology & Economics
- University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif
- Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Insolvency
- Creditor Rights and Loan Enforcement
- Business Disputes and Litigation
- Business and Real Estate Transactions
- AV® Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
- Southwest Super Lawyers 2010
- Turnaround Management Association, Turnaround of the Year 2007
- Turnaround Management Association, Member
- American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
- University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Alumni Trustee