Daniel A. Minkler

Best Lawyers’®2014 Akron Mergers and Acquisitions Law “Lawyer of the Year.”
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2007 - 2018 (Mergers & Acquisitions Law)

With international contracting and merger and acquisition experience, Dan has been helping US manufacturers grow and expand into worldwide markets. Dan was recently named Best Lawyers' 2014 Akron Mergers and Acquisitions Law "Lawyer of the Year".

Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Mergers and Acquisitions for the past seven years, Dan is well regarded for his ability to effectively negotiate contracts and to develop creative solutions to complete deals. Dan has extensive experience in handling complex transactions that involve:

  • Acquisitions
  • Asset Based Finance
  • Business Divestitures
  • Business Valuation
  • Change in Control Agreements
  • Credit Enhancement
  • Corporate Reorganization
  • Commercial Loans
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Equity Investments
  • Industrial Development Bonds
  • International Commercial Contracts
  • Letters of Credit
  • Loan Restructuring
  • Loan Workouts
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Secured Financing
  • Spin-Offs
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Tax Exempt Bonds

He provides representation to boards of directors and regularly counsels senior decision makers of manufacturers, professional medical practices and emerging growth companies on business matters related to:

  • Air Rights
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Fiduciary Law
  • Corporate Tax Planning
  • Commercial Collections
  • Commercial Leasing (Equipment, Offices & Vehicles)
  • Commercial Liability
  • Commercial Real Estate Matters
  • Construction Contracts
  • Covenants Not To Compete
  • E-commerce
  • Employment
  • Executive Compensation
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Intellectual Property
  • Information Technology Contracts & Licensing
  • Mortgage Financing
  • Oil & Gas Leasing
  • Products Liability Insurance Coverage
  • Real Estate 1031 Tax Exchanges
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademark Licensing
  • Warehousing

Dan also advises corporate executives on wealth preservation strategies that include high-end estate planning, business succession planning and limited liability company formations.

A retired professional race car driver, Dan holds the distinction of being the 1999 Sports Car Club of America GT-5 National Champion. He also is an instrument rated private pilot and counsels clients in Aviation Law related areas such as:

  • Aircraft Acquisitions
  • Aircraft Finance and Leasing
  • Aircraft Sales
  • Aircraft Tax Free Exchanges

Dan joined Day Ketterer in 1979 and is a member of the American, Ohio State and Stark County Bar Associations.


  • Malone Associates
  • NE Ohio Region of Sports Car Club of America
  • AOPA


  • 97th percentile of all Ohio Bar admission applicants on the multi- state bar examination
  • Research Editor for the Cleveland State Law Review
  • Listed The Best Lawyers in America© 2007-2018 (Mergers & Acquisitions Law)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated


  • Representation of diversified industries with multiple manufacturing and distribution facilities and business transactions throughout the international community including the structuring and drafting of Distributorship Agreements, Supply Agreements, licenses of intellectual property, trademarks and patents, formation of joint ventures and other commercial transactions.
  • Representation of commercial lenders and borrowers in commercial finance transactions including secured lending, asset based loans, letters of credit, loan restructuring, credit enhancements, mortgage and equipment financing and leasing, and industrial development and tax exempt bonds.
  • Representation of small to mid-cap companies in corporate governance, advising Boards of Directors, Employment Agreements, Executive, employee and deferred compensation matters, Change in Control Agreements, Transaction Bonus Agreements, Covenants Not to Compete and No-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreements, and Buy-Sell Agreements.
  • Representation of highly compensated and wealthy individuals with respect to estate planning and estate and probate administration, asset preservation, powers of attorney, partnerships, limited liability companies and family limited partnerships.
  • Representation of clients in business formations, limited liability law, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, leveraged buyouts, divestitures and spinoffs.


  • Ohio Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, J.D., 1979 summa cum laude, Class Rank: 1st
  • Colgate University, M.A.T., 1978
  • University of Idaho, B.S., 1974

To reach Dan,  please e-mail him at daminkler@dayketterer.com or call him directly at 330.458.2159.