Dan Alban has served as an attorney with the Institute for Justice since September 2010, and was a summer law clerk at IJ in the summer of 2004. He litigates cutting-edge constitutional cases nationwide involving eminent domain abuse, civil forfeiture, and occupational licensing.
Dan’s work has resulted in court victories for property owners fighting eminent domain abuse, entrepreneurs challenging occupational licensing, and small business owners and others who have been victimized by civil forfeiture. Dan was the lead attorney in Loving v. IRS, representing three independent tax preparers who successfully challenged the IRS’s unlawful attempt to impose a nationwide licensing scheme on tax preparers. For his success in litigating that case, Dan was named a 2013 Tax Person of the Year by Tax Notes. Dan also represents African hair braiders in challenges to irrational cosmetology licensing requirements.
Dan’s writing has been published by outlets including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and TheNew York Times, among others. He has testified about eminent domain abuse before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives on several occasions. His opinions and views on legal issues have been featured in numerous radio and television programs, including CNBC’s The Kudlow Report and CSPAN’s Washington Journal.
Before joining IJ, Dan practiced employment law in the Tysons Corner office of Littler Mendelson P.C., with a focus on employment litigation in both federal courts and Virginia state court. Prior to that, he served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Dan started his legal career in private practice at Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, DC, working primarily in telecommunications litigation and mass media regulatory law.
Dan received his law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2006, where he was an Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. From 2000 to 2003, Dan worked at the Institute for Humane Studies in Arlington, Virginia. In 2000, Dan earned his undergraduate degree in Political Rhetoric from Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Dan originally hails from Nampa, Idaho.