Daniel Joseph is a consultant to the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP. He received a BA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia College and an LL. B. from Harvard Law School. He then served as law clerk to the Hon. Irving L. Goldberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. This was followed by three years in the Appellate Section of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, with shorter subsequent stints as Assistant General Counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency and Special Assistant for Environmental Affairs to the General Counsel of the Department of Transportation.

He then moved (in 1974) to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, where he has been ever since, as associate, partner, senior counsel, and consultant. His practice focuses on trial and appellate litigation and environmental and energy issues. He was chair of Akin Gump’s ethics committee, and then its Ethics Counsel, for more than ten years.

Professor Joseph has spent many years in D.C. Bar activities having to do with professional ethics and related issues. He served as a member of the Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee that recommended the 1994 revision of the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct, continuing to serve on that committee for two additional terms and ultimately chairing it. He then served two terms on the D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Committee. He also served on two special committees, those on multijurisdictional practice and multidisciplinary practice.