Daniel received a law degree (Juris Doctor) from Georgetown University in 2007 and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2002. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. Before founding Berner Law, PLLC, Daniel worked as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York City.
Daniel's practice focuses on employment-based nonimmigrant visas (H-1B, E-2, E-3, L-1, O-1, TN) and immigrant visas (EB-1A, EB-1C, EB-2, and EB-3), as well as investor visas (E-1/E-2, L-1). Daniel has represented employers in the high technology, heavy construction, advertising, consumer packaged goods, telecommunications, sports, accounting, and legal fields. He has prepared hundreds of successful nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for professionals from a broad variety of disciplines, including engineers, computer scientists, advertising executives, attorneys, accountants, and professional athletes.
Representative matters include: representation of one of ten largest global cryptocurrency exchanges with respect to all immigration matters; representation of Peloton Interactive, Inc. with respect to hundreds of H-1B petitions and PERM-based green card applications; representation of Odebrecht Construction, Inc. with respect to all immigration matters; representation of one of ten largest European engineering and construction companies with respect to all ongoing immigration matters; representation of one of BTG Pactual's portfolio companies with respect to all immigration matters; representation of venture-backed hyperloop technology developer with respect to extraordinary abilities green card petitions; representation of numerous venture-backed technology startups throughout the United States with respect to all immigration matters; representation of numerous offices in dental and medical professions.
In addition to representing companies, Daniel also has extensive experience counseling individuals with respect to investment-based U.S. immigration and family immigration matters.
Daniel is a frequent commenter on matters of immigration. He has testified before the Texas House of Representatives' Business & Industry Committee and has frequently been interviewed on immigration and employment matters on television and the radio.
Daniel maintains a robust pro bono practice. He has twice been recognized by Sanctuary for Families (New York non-profit organization) for his pro bono advocacy on behalf of immigrants. Daniel has served as Vice President of the board of directors of the Workers Defense Project, a non-profit organization described by the New York Times as "one of the nation’s most creative organizations for immigrant workers," and he currently serves as a Commissioner on the City of Austin MBE / WBE / Small Business Enterprise Procurement Program Advisory Committee pursuant to an appointment by Austin City Council Member, Paige Ellis, and confirmation by the Austin City Council.
Before attending law school, Daniel was an Assistant Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble.