As Assistant Chief Counsel, Dan oversees all legal and business affairs matters for ILM, ILMxLAB, Skywalker Sound, Technopops and Lucasfilm’s technology initiatives. Since joining in 2014, he developed and executed legal strategies for ILM’s rapid growth as a leading global VFX innovator, including the 2019 opening of ILM Australia and the 2020 launch of ILM’s StageCraft virtual production services. As a member of the leadership team that launched ILMxLAB, he now serves as ILMxLAB’s primary counsel across its full range of AR, VR and MR initiatives – from the experimental Star Wars AR Project Porg to the groundbreaking, immersive VR experience Carne y Arena.
Dan has a passion for working with organizations operating at the intersection of media and technology. Prior to joining ILM, Dan served as in-house counsel at the Public Broadcasting Service where he oversaw technology transactions for PBS’s nationwide network operations as well as content regulatory matters. During the FCC’s crackdown on broadcast indecency in the early 2000s, Dan established PBS’s first standards and practices group and co-authored the network’s Supreme Court amicus brief arguing against the FCC’s broadcast indecency policies in FCC v. Fox (2012).
Dan holds a B.S. in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University and a J.D. from Indiana University. He previously worked as a software developer in New York City.