Dan grew up in a large family in rural southeast Texas. As a child, his mother allowed him to skip school so he could watch his father try cases to juries. Every time he watched his father work, Dan became captivated by the drama of the courtroom, but even more, he was deeply impressed by the real-life impact these cases had on ordinary people. Who will be awarded custody of the kids? Will Dad succeed in helping this injured worker receive the money to put food on the table and pay the doctor bills? Even as a 10-year-old boy, Dan realized that the law could be used as a tool of compassion and could protect ordinary people from being victimized by powerful forces. Thus, before he reached high school, Dan promised himself that he would prepare every way he could so that, one day, he could speak for individuals and families who might not otherwise have a voice in court. And Dan did just that!