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Daniel Vaknin is counsel at Dovel & Luner.

Daniel is a graduate of University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2015). During law school, Daniel was a research assistant to Professor Robert Lawless and Professor Charles Tabb. He was also awarded the ABI’s Medal of Excellence. After law school, Daniel served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Michael E. Ridgway of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota for about three years. Daniel then returned to San Francisco and practiced law there, primarily focusing on debtor-creditor relations. He continues to contribute updates to the Bankruptcy Law Manual, a publication of Thomson Reuters.

In his free time, Daniel enjoys nature (not too far from a road), cooking, live jazz, stand-up comedy, and quality time with family and friends.


  • University of Illinois College of Law, (J.D., cum laude, 2015)
  • San Francisco State University, (B.A., 2010)

Prior Associations

  • Law Clerk to Michael E. Ridgway, of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney LLP
  • Macdonald Fernandez LLP

Personal Facts

  • Daniel has never broken a bone (and hopes this remains a fact).
  • Daniel worked on a case that ended up at the Supreme Court.
  • Daniel enjoyed the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota.

Joining Dovel & Luner

During my interview with Dovel & Luner, I not only sensed a refreshing level of sincerity, but also a culture of people bringing the best out of each other and themselves in a supportive and thoughtful way. My time here so far has validated this sense beyond expectation. I was also drawn to Dovel & Luner’s core values of truth, excellence, and improvement. These values animate actions here. Along with other reasons, I joined the firm to become a contributing and supportive member of the team, to explore a new area of the law, and to learn from colleagues.

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