Attorney at Law
Education / Associations
- Dan earned his Juris Doctorate from Oak College of Law and Government Policy in 2005.
Dan began his legal career in 2000, when he founded his own paralegal services company providing legal support to solo practitioners on a contract basis in a wide variety of cases.
He joined the Goyette & Associates team in 2007, and since, Dan’s primary focus has been to understand each individual client’s personal and legal situation and then customizing a compassionate and successful solution.
As the Managing Partner for the Labor and Employment Division of Goyette & Associates, Dan oversees the attorneys and labor representatives who daily serve the firm’s valued clients. His philosophy is simple – provide the highest level of customer service to each client. He believes that the relationship with the client (win or lose) is paramount and you can only do that if you put the client (and their case) first. Dan works closely with his team to make sure that each client’s needs are met, any concerns are promptly addressed, and that each client has the best possible experience. Let’s face it – no one wants to have an attorney, but when you need one – we want to be the best.
He has always believed in the concept of “big picture” representation understanding that each client comes to him with an immediate problem but many other factors in their life must also be considered. Employing this approach, Dan has been successfully representing employees across the State of California for more than a decade.
Dan was born in Portland Oregon and grew up just outside of the city in the town of Tigard, where he lived until the age of 25 when he relocated to Sacramento, California.
He and his wife Angela (also an attorney) live in the east Sacramento neighborhood of River Park where they are raising their three children, Liam (10) Luke (7) and Elliana (5). When they aren’t running between soccer practice, homework and other after-school activities, they enjoy spending time together and taking walks along their tree-covered streets.
When he can, Dan also enjoys a round of golf, fishing, wine tasting, travel and attempting to maintain his self-proclaimed amateur foodie status. Above all Dan feels that no matter where you are at in life – appreciate it to the fullest.
Dan primarily represents public sector employees and their associations at the city, county and state level. On behalf of the individual employees he handles everything from individual disciplinary investigations to full evidentiary hearings and trials. This includes local grievances, mediations and arbitrations as well as administrative trial work before the California State Personnel Board and the Office of Administrative Hearings. He also represents employee associations serving as legal advisor to the executive board of directors for all association related business, collective bargaining, Duty of Fair Representation Hearings and matters before the Public Employee Relations Board. He has also done numerous cases before the National Labor Relations Board regarding unfair labor practice charges and disputes pertaining to union organization.
Additionally, Dan advises individual employees regarding retirement issues often closely tied to their employment.
Dan also handles all levels of defense on behalf of licensed professionals around the state to include Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, Registered Nurses, Attorneys, Psychologists and other high-level professionals. In short, if you have an employment related problem – Dan and Goyette & Associates can help you find an answer.
Sometimes prevention is part of the solution – to that end Dan also provides practical training to union executive boards and their membership to help them avoid potential pitfalls. This includes training to union shop stewards, comprehensive courses on the Peace Officer Procedural Bill of Rights Act, Fire Fighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act, Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, Critical Incident Response as well as general duty of representation responsibilities.
When faced with the possibility of losing your income and retirement, the potential impact to that client and their family is extreme. Dan’s passion is to come alongside a client in crisis and help them to find (and get to) the light at the end of the tunnel. “Saving careers, rebuilding lives and regaining financial security is what it’s all about,” Dan says when asked about his favorite part of the job. “Sometimes that means thinking outside of the box or looking at a solution from a way the client never could on their own.”
- panel-counsel for the Legal Defense Fund providing representation to thousands of public safety employees across the state of California
- State-wide legal counsel for the California Correctional Supervisors Organization which represents nearly 5,000 correctional supervisors for state corrections
- Admitted to practice law before the Maryland state bar since December of 2014
- Juris Doctorate, Oak College of Law and Government Policy, 2005
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by: Nicole Valentine It would be an understatement to say that 2017 was one of the most rewarding years in my practice as a criminal, labor, and licensing attorney. Below are some of the most notable results I achieved for my clients in each of these areas: One of the most important highlights of this year was when I won a client a full dismissal of all counts of an...
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