A former BigLaw attorney with a background in environmental non-profit work and the creative arts, Mr. Danielson successfully combines an ability to connect with people of all backgrounds with a focused and analytical professional skill set to provide his clients with a comprehensive, effective, and personal approach to their job search process.
Mr. Danielson is based in Los Angeles and represents candidates all over the West Coast. He places attorneys in firms of all sizes and specialties in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Alaska.
He joined BCG three years ago, after working as a litigation associate in the Chicago and Los Angeles offices of SNR Denton (formerly Sonnenshein, Nath & Rosenthal and now, after a series of mergers, the world’s largest law firm by headcount, Dacheng Dentons). During his BigLaw years, Mr. Danielson handled civil litigation and arbitration matters, including insurance litigation, ERISA, nationwide class actions and general commercial disputes. He also received an Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the Northern District of Illinois for trial work on behalf of inmate clients.
After five years of working in a high-pressure global firm, Mr. Danielson decided to make a change so he could have better control over his work schedule. At the time, he was seeking advice from a BCG legal recruiter about law firm jobs. He soon realized that the recruiter really enjoyed her job and – given he has always had a gift for connecting with people and a desire to help others – he thought that he might enjoy it too. He joined up as a BCG legal recruiter and hasn’t looked back!
Mr. Danielson has lived in most of the states he covers, which enables him to advise clients as to the pros and cons of particular regions (including climate and lifestyle issues) as well as about the firms themselves.
He was born in Tucson, Arizona, where his father was a dentist and his mother worked in real estate. He lived with his parents, sister, and a backyard full of dogs, chickens and rescue foster animals. They lived on a large plot of land in a rural area and he grew up playing baseball and soccer and competing in gymnastics.
When he was seven years old, his family moved to Portland, Oregon, and at the age of eleven he and his sister founded an environmental nonprofit that gave performances on environmental issues to school and community groups. His interest in the environment later inspired him to do a law school clerkship in the prestigious Environmental Enforcement Section of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
Environmentally conscious to this day, Mr. Danielson enjoys the outdoors and has been on backcountry camping trips to Glacier National Park in Montana, the Central Cascades in Oregon, the San Juan Islands off Washington and Joshua Tree in California. In addition to hiking and backpacking, he surfs, skis and roller blades. He buys his produce at his local farmer’s market and he and his wife have a garden of drought-tolerant succulents and other California native plants. He is looking forward to installing solar panels on their home.
For college, Mr. Danielson headed up the Coast to the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where he double-majored in Philosophy and Communications (with an emphasis on Rhetoric) and graduated with honors. After college, he moved back to Portland and spent a few years doing a variety of activities, including renovating a house and working with the environmental nonprofit he started with his sister.
He took the LSAT on a whim but scored so high that he decided to go to law school. He settled on Northwestern University School of Law, where he was a member of the Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy, had the opportunity to brief and argue a criminal appeal before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and served on the Admissions and Faculty Hiring committees. He earned a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellowship, which he used to work on an asylum case with the nationally-recognized Bluhm Legal Clinic. He maintains ties with his alma mater by volunteering his time to interview applicants who live in Southern California.
Mr. Danielson has a diverse set of interests that keep him busy outside the office. He enjoys cooking Italian, Middle Eastern and Mexican dishes and adding to his collection of wines. He also reads fiction and nonfiction books and recently finished works by authors David Mitchell, Erik Larson and Haruki Murakami. He just completed Cadillac Desert, a book that chronicles water policy in the West.
When he’s not reading, he’s writing his own songs. He plays guitar, bass and piano, and sings. He was a disc jockey in college and still listens to new bands. His musical tastes include classical, rock, county, folk, blue grass, hip hop and world music.
Travel is another hobby of Mr. Danielson. He’s taken several trips to Europe, including a trip with college buddies where he traveled via Eurail pass and a more recent and sedate journey where he drove through the Italian countryside of Tuscany and Umbria.
Mr. Danielson is married and the couple lives with two cats in the Hollywood, California area. His wife is a director, producer, actress, model and painter. She paints in the modern abstract tradition and her works have been exhibited at events and galleries throughout the West Coast, including at “POP Austin,” the Coda Gallery, Seyhoun and Soluzioni Galleries, the Sylvia White Gallery, the Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, and Red Cat Disney Hall.
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