Daniel Dorson is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department and part of the Labor-Management Relations Group at Vedder Price LLP. He represents unionized and non-unionized employers alike in all aspects of labor-management relations including union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, contract administration and grievance arbitrations.
At age 3, Dorson was taken away from his grandmother and placed into foster-care. However, at 14 he ran away and eventually joined a group of street youth who accepted him.
Early Life and Education
At an early age, Dorson took to the skies in a Cessna 172 and eventually earned his Certified Flight Instructor Instrument and Commercial Seaplane Ratings.
Dorson entered foster care as an infant and was eventually placed with his grandmother when he turned 3. Unfortunately, things quickly fell apart when a drug user moved in and started beating Dorson with hangers and brooms; at 14, Dorson ran away and joined a group of street youth who welcomed him “for who he was”, according to his public defender.
Prosecutor Chris Mascal reported that Dorson was arrested three months after the assault in Northern California, when he confessed to punching Allen and told authorities about using drugs and sleeping little before engaging in violent confrontation.
Dorson boasts a diverse professional experience that spans B-1 bomber pilot, Air Force instructor pilot, project manager, consultant and more. He holds a BS degree in Western European Foreign Area Studies from the United States Air Force Academy as well as being certified Project Management Professional and possessing both Flight Instructor Instrument license and Commercial Seaplane Pilot licenses.
At his plea and sentencing hearing, Dorson refused to apologise for using his skateboard to strike a blow against a 70-year-old Portland Outdoor Store employee, leaving a gash that gushed blood. Dorson claimed the victim pushed his girlfriend; this claim was later refuted by police. His attack left the elderly man hospitalized for months post assault before Dorson was eventually arrested three months after it took place in California.
Achievement and Honors
Dorson published or edited over forty books, earning numerous awards and fellowships along the way. Since 1957 he served on Indiana University’s faculty as chair of folklore department and director of Folklore Institute, in addition to holding several visiting professorships. Many publications contain research materials, draft manuscript copies, galley proofs or page proofs from Dorson for these publications as well as reviews of printed work or critical evaluations for other scholars.
Middle schoolers can earn Honors and High Honors recognition, which requires earning at least 93 percent average in core classes such as math, science, world language study, social studies and graded elective electives with no grade below 90 for any graded electives graded as graded electives. For Upper Schoolers there are four recognition levels: Honors Plus, High Honors and Academic Excellence.
Dorson is an enthusiastic flyer and currently holds both Certificated Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) and Commercial Seaplane Pilot certifications. He particularly enjoys flying single-engine aircraft like Cessna 172s.
In July 2013, an 18-year-old male victimized by Larry Allen while working at Portland Outdoor Store with his skateboard was severely injured by their attack, suffering severe cuts and stitches to his head. Allen informed police of this incident after asking them to move due to claims by youth stating the sidewalk as public property.
Three months after the assault, Dorson was found in northern California and charged with second-degree assault. At his plea and sentencing hearing he refused to apologize and could serve up to five years behind bars.
He has amassed his fortune through various platforms. Furthermore, his ability to secure various sponsors has greatly expanded his net worth.
He started networking in the labor sector during his third-year law studies and eventually met up with Faegre Baker Daniels’ New York office for an interview. Over time, this firm merged with Drinker Biddle & Reath, and eventually hired him for their labor management relations team.
He prefers to keep his personal and romantic life confidential, refusing to reveal anything about his relationship status to anyone. He has never been married and doesn’t have any children yet. Additionally, his financial records remain hidden from view so no information on assets and liabilities are revealed to anyone despite having amassed significant wealth through hard work and dedication.