“Law is changing. So is your lawyer.”
My practice, which is based in two wonderful communities, Hanna and Medicine Hat, is an almost equal mix of agriculture-based clients as well as “non-ag” ones with businesses from a wide range of industries.
I am currently working with an international agri-business, an inter-generational transition and implementation of a Joint Venture farming arrangement, as well as several farm and ranch operations that are navigating an expansion. On the “non-ag” side I am currently working on some tech start-ups as well as an expanding retail operation.
• Agriculture & Agribusiness
• Real Estate
• Corporations, Partnerships and Not-for-profits
• Commercial & Business Transactions
• Wills & Estates
• Transition/Estate Planning
• Financing & Secured Transactions
• Commercial Leasing
My clients’ entrepreneurial outlook and dedication to their operations is what motivates me to continuous improvement, something we take seriously at our firm. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss your legal matters with you and join your team as you continue to grow your agribusiness or business.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife and four children. When I do manage to carve out some time for myself, I head to my garage to work on my `43 Willy’s Jeep.
“The law is too complex to be a jack of all trades, that’s why agriculture/agribusiness law is all I do.” This is my common reply when clients inquire about having me handle their agriculture and estate planning needs. It's not that I don't handle non-agriculture matters, but that is the area I have intentionally focused. For me, the law is complex enough that I don't try my hand in other areas (family, litigation, criminal, etc), but rather to give my clients high level comprehensive service in all things agriculture, from complex estate planning and tax transactions for large corporate farms to basic land deals and small farms.
Ironically, my upbringing wasn't in agriculture, having been raised in some of Canada's largest cities, however, I was unusual in that I sought to leave the big city, married into a farming family and greatly enjoy travelling to Alberta's small towns and farms to meet with clients.
My practice is based out of Medicine Hat; remote office is in Consort (I keep office hours every Wednesday and Thursday), and regular trips are made to Wainwright. Aside from these regular travel locations, I am happy for an excuse to leave the office to meet with you and family at your farm. In the winter and spring, I can be found making presentations on estate planning and young farmer issues all across the province.
When not working I enjoy spending time with my young family, working on home renovation projects, volunteering with my church, and looking for an excuse to cook some large piece of meat on my smoker.
After spending many years working on various oil and gas projects in southern and northern Alberta, it was an easy decision for me to forego the lure of big city lights and return to my hometown of Medicine Hat upon graduating from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law.
Since joining the team at Smith & Hersey, I have developed a strong agribusiness and corporate/commercial practice in both Three Hills and Medicine Hat, with a particular emphasis on issues pertaining to renewable energy leasing.
I am a firm believer in developing personal relationships with my clients. I take great pride in the fact that these relationships have grown outside of business where I have gladly helped clients brand cattle and mend fences, which has led to many dinners at the family table.
In my free time, I can usually be found hanging out with my family. I also like to hunt, fish, and building new pieces of furniture in the garage.
Dan is originally from Nova Scotia, but went to university in Montreal and Ottawa. After graduating from law school at the University of Ottawa, Dan moved to Medicine Hat with his wife, Cathy, and their 3 daughters, Sarah, Emily, and Kate, were born and raised there. Dan began his legal career in southern Alberta as a trial lawyer, however, he decided to take his practice in an entirely different direction by entering the corporate commercial world in 1993 when he opened an office in the Town of Oyen. Since that time, Dan has been instrumental in the Smith & Hersey expansion to Hanna, Consort, and Three Hills. Dan was the lead principal of Smith & Hersey until his retirement in 2019. Dan now spends his time enjoying his grandparent years but he keeps a close connection with the current crop of Smith & Hersey lawyers and staff as well as many of his former clients.