Dan VanDeMortel is the Firm’s marketing communications specialist. In that role, he marries his knowledge of the legal industry with a passion for writing to cover many firmwide communication tasks. He is responsible for content writing, particularly via maintaining and updating the Firm’s website, resume, and blog posts. He tracks legal accolades and prepares submissions to achieve firm ranking and recognition from various prestigious legal ranking organizations across the world. And he actively participates in the Firm’s media relations by preparing press releases and proactively identifying opportunities to enhance the Firm’s public profile.
Before joining the Firm, Dan was an established paralegal, both as an independent contractor for several top-level San Francisco law firms and also as ten-year paralegal at Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco flagship office. During his career, he covered and succeeded in all phases of litigation, from client and case development to discovery and all trial levels, including involvement and attendance on a case heard before the U.S. Supreme Court. At Morrison & Foerster, he assisted with various marketing and press outreach tasks, collected and synthesized research to assist attorneys with mock trials and jury selection, and worked closely with a senior partner to write, edit, and disseminate Northern Ireland-related presidential and congressional scorecards.
Dan has traveled to Northern Ireland with the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First) to investigate the harassment and killing of attorneys and judges during the province’s ongoing political strife. He also lived for a time in Belfast, where he volunteered for the Committee on the Administration of Justice, a cross-community, politically unaffiliated NGO providing legal assistance to victims of “The Troubles.”
Dan VanDeMortel has frequently written about Northern Ireland-related legal and political topics and baseball-related human interest and cultural issues. His 2020 article, “White Circles Drawn in Crayon” received the McFarland-Society for American Baseball’s Research Award. Also in 2020, he and Firm paralegal Heaven Y. Haile co-wrote “Heather Heyer’s Encounter With America’s Deepest Disease,” published in The Recorder.