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Dan West
Dan West

In-House Counsel 2020: Dan West

When Dan West drives around the Twin Cities, he’s in a unique position as an attorney, because he can point to the buildings he’s worked on.

“I may not be on the construction crew, but I feel like I’ve helped make those buildings happen behind the scenes,” said West, who is General Counsel at Doran Cos. “Being part of this team is very rewarding, and I’ve appreciated the opportunity to be part of a business, and support the company’s mission.”

West joined Doran in 2015 with considerable litigation and in-house experience, coming from Best Buy, where he established leadership working on intellectual property and contract disputes.

The most notable project in the past year for West wasn’t a building, but the sale and subsequent reorganization of the company itself. As negotiations took place, West defined and articulated the roles of each member of his newly expanded department, and ensured a smooth transition.

In addition to that major development, West is also integral to the company’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, he said. Like every company, Doran is navigating through uncharted waters on the current situation, and West appreciates being part of a team that’s focused on maintaining the health and safety of employees while safeguarding the company’s future.

“What motivates me is helping build solid strategies that will last, no matter what,” he said. “I see myself as being in a supporting role, but what I’m supporting is so important.”

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