Daniel was born in Utah and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. He is fluent in French and Spanish. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies. In May 2006, Daniel received his Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University School of Law. While in law school, Daniel studied private international law at Lyon III University in Lyon, France. He also served as a law clerk for the US Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.
When not at work, Daniel coaches rugby at the University of Texas at Dallas and enjoys spending time with his wife and their four children. Daniel is admitted to practice law in Texas and is admitted to the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the US District Courts for the Northern District and the Eastern District of Texas. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has featured as a speaker on bond hearings, removal defense strategies, special juvenile visas, and waivers.