Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills
B.A., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
M.A., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
J.D., McGeorge School of Law
"The written word establishes a lawyer's reputation. Your reputation is the hardest thing to earn and the easiest thing to lose." -- Professor Dan Croxall
Professor Dan Croxall teaches in the Global Lawyering Skills program at McGeorge. Professor Croxall's entire professional career has been centered around excellence in writing. Before turning to a career in the law, Professor Croxall taught English (including composition, argument, critical thinking, and literature) at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and at Cuesta College. After teaching English for four years, he decided that a legal career would satisfy his desire for intellectual challenge with practical results.
After graduating in 2008 with great distinction, Order of the Coif, and as the 2008 Outstanding Student Achievement Award recipient, Professor Croxall began his legal career at DLA Piper LLP (US). His practice focused on complex civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Professor Croxall remained with the same practice group for the next five years, including some time at Stevens, O'Connell & Jacobs LLP-a boutique litigation firm. The biggest lesson Croxall learned during this time is that cases are won or lost based on the effectiveness of the legal writing. A good lawyer must be an exceptional writer. In 2011, Croxall won DLA Piper's pro bono services award for his devotion to pro bono representation.
In 2013, Professor Croxall opened his own law firm, Croxall Law, to focus his practice on representing California craft breweries and estate planning. Croxall has become an expert on regulatory and business issues that impact craft breweries in California. Aside from legal writing, Professor Croxall's main research and academic interests center around the craft beer industry, including the First Amendment's impact on advertising, interstate commerce, the three-tier system, and related state and federal regulations.
Professor Croxall teaches legal research and writing in the same manner as he supervised junior attorneys while in practice. That is, Professor Croxall requires attention to detail, thoroughness, sound legal reasoning, and proper treatment of complex or ambiguous issues. His teaching style is real world in the sense that the comments students receive on their written work product are the very same comments that students should expect to receive as junior attorneys. Professor Croxall prides himself on preparing students for what it is really like in practice-it begins and ends with written work product.
Professor Croxall externed for Judge Frank C. Damrell of the Eastern District of California. His published works include Inferring Uniformity: Towards Deduction and Certainty in the Miranda Context, 39 MCGEORGE L. REV. 1025 (2008) and Chapter 165: An Ethical Contribution to Poor Californians in Need of Legal Services, 38 MCGEORGE L. REV. 21 (2007).
Courses: Craft Beer Law , Global Lawyering Skills I, Global Lawyering Skills II, Legal Profession