Dan graduated from the University at Buffalo in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, magna cum laude, and from its law school in 1988. He is a managing partner at the law firm of Bernhardi Lukasik PLLC in Buffalo where he litigates cases in state and federal courts across New York State. He is listed in the publications The Best Lawyers in America, SuperLawyers and The Buffalo Law Journal’s Who’s Who in Law as one of the top lawyers in Buffalo, New York. Dan is a Board member of The Erie County Bar Association and Compeer, Buffalo, an organization dedicated to finding and pairing up mentors with men, women and children struggling with mental illness.
In 2007 Dan created Lawyerwithdepression.com, the first website and blog of its kind in the country, to help law students, lawyers and judges cope with and heal from depression. The site and Dan’s work have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The National Law, Trial Magazine and several other national and international publications. Dan has lectured and presented at law schools, lawyer organizations, judicial associations and mental health groups across America including the Association of American Justice’s annual convention, The American Psychiatric Association’s national convention and the Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs annual convention, amongst others. He founded a support group for lawyers struggling with depression six years ago and the group still meets once a week to share strength and give support.
He is the recipient of The Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service from The University at Buffalo School of Law, The Award of Merit from the Erie County Bar Association and The Merit Award from The New York State Bar Association for his work in helping lawyers, law students and judges that are afflicted with depression.
He is the Executive Producer of the documentary, A Terrible Melancholy: Depression in the Legal Profession and is currently writing a book about depression to be published in 2013.