During Dan’s career as a lawyer, he has represented both employees and employers in single plaintiff cases, class actions, and representative actions. He has experienced, for both sides, that the benefits of the resolution process far exceed the costs and struggles of litigation, not only from a financial standpoint but also from an emotional and business perspective.
As a dedicated employment neutral, Dan believes that each case comes with its own unique facts and challenges. He understands the key to resolution is to build trust with each party. Dan works to develop this trust by being well prepared, understanding the facts, legal arguments and ultimate goals each party seeks to achieve. Prior to meeting with the parties, Dan dedicates an extensive amount of time analyzing the briefs to familiarize himself with the evidence and arguments and also connecting with the lawyers before the mediation. Dan says, “I am passionate about preparing for each case as if it were my own. This allows me to build trust and establish credibility as their mediator. I want to make sure everyone feels heard and respected. We talk about facts, feelings and the law, it is not just about shuttling numbers.”
Dan's background in ADR includes significant experience in all types of employment-related matters.
Dan is an avid reader of American History and the Civil War. He coached youth baseball for many years and is involved with the Wilshire Warriors PONY baseball. He is a Chicago native and now lives with his family in Los Angeles, CA.
"First-time experience with Dan and was very happy with the results. "
- Attorney on an Employment Wage and Hour case
Mediated class and PAGA action involving approximately 600 non-exempt employees asserting claims for violations of failure to pay sick leave wages and for inaccurate wage statements.
Mediated action by former employee alleging disability discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination following an extended leave of absence and complaints regarding the company's leave of absence policies and procedures.
Mediated class and PAGA action involving several hundred non-exempt employees asserting claims for failure to provide meal breaks, failure to provide rest breaks and failure to pay overtime wages.
Mediated action by former employee alleging retaliation and wrongful termination following complaints regarding classification status as well as safety of employer's premises.
Mediated action by a former employee of a production company for race discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.
Full-time Neutral, Judicate West (2022-Present)
Private Mediator, Daniel Turner Mediation (2018-2022)
Partner, Van Vleck & Turner LLP (2016-2022)
Partner, Van Vleck, Turner & Zaller LLP (2007-2016)
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; Political Science, Summa Cum Laude (1996)
Mediating the Litigated Case – Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (2018)
STAR: A Systematic Approach to Mediation Strategies, (2017)
United States District Court, Central District, Appointed Panel Member (2018-Present)
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Appointed Panel Member (2018-Present)
Southern California Mediation Association (2018-Present)
California Lawyers Association, Labor and Employment Section (2015 – Present)
Achievements & Awards
Representative Speaking Engagements Include:
“2015 year in Review,” California Restaurant Association Los Angeles Chapter (2015)
“Understanding California’s New Paid Sick Leave Law,” California Restaurant Association Los Angeles Chapter (2015)
“The Affordable Care Act and What It Means For Small Business,” Galardi Group, Inc. (2013)