Dan is the Director of the Workplace Well-Being for the Mental Health Association in Buffalo, New York.
A member of the National Speakers Association, Dan has given keynote speeches and presentations around the country on the topics of depression, anxiety, and stress. He tells a powerful story of his struggles with depression, learning to manage it, dealing with the stigma surrounding mental illness, and helping others to overcome it.
Ten years ago, Dan created a weekly lawyer support group in his community for those who struggle with depression and a website lawyerwithdepression.com, the first website and blog of its kind in the nation, to help law students, lawyers, and judges cope with and heal from depression. Since it’s launch, the website has grown to serve not only those in the legal profession but anyone who struggles with stress, anxiety, and depression. The site has had over 2 million page views and been voted one of the top depression blogs in the country five years running by Medical News Today and Healthline.com.
Dan’s work on mental health has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The National Law Journal, The Washinton Post, on CNN, and many other national and international publications. Click here for a complete list.
He has lectured around the country on the topics of stress, anxiety, and depression before corporations, mental health organizations, bar associations, CLE programs, and colleges including Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, Syracuse University, the American Bar Association, The American Psychiatric Association’s annual convention, the American Association of Justice’s annual convention, and the Mental Health America’s annual convention in Washington, D.C. Click here to view one of his recent speeches a list of venues he has spoken at.
Dan is the Executive Producer for of the original documentary, “A Terrible Melancholy: Depression in the Legal Profession,” which has been viewed by thousands of views around the country. He was the recipient of Roger Stone Public Advocacy Award from the Mental Health Association of Erie County, the Spirit Award from Compeer, an organization dedicated to pairing mentors with people struggling with mental illness, the Public Service Merit Award from the New York State Bar Association, and The Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service from his law school alma mater for his work in assisting those with depression in his community.
A 1988 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law, Dan was voted by the over 4,000 members of his Bar Association to the “Legal Elite’s Top 10: Best of the Best” as one of the most respected lawyers in his community and listed in the publication, “The Best Lawyers in America.”