Dan Balhoff is a seasoned neutral with Perry Dampf Dispute Solutions with over 35 years of practice in federal and state trial and appellate litigation, including complex litigation, mass torts, class actions and more. He is also a partner in the law firm of Perry, Balhoff, Mengis & Burns, LLC. He holds chemical engineering and law degrees from Louisiana State University.
Mr. Balhoff has served as arbitrator and mediator in cases at the federal and state level both by court appointment and by private party selection, including as Court-Appointed Mediator in Multidistrict Litigation cases including In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010, MDL No. 2179 (E.D. La. J.P.M.L.); In re: FEMA Trailer Formaldehyde Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1873 (E.D. La. J.P.M.L.); and In re: Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2047 (E.D. La. J.P.M.L.).
While in law school, Mr. Balhoff served as the managing editor of the Louisiana Law Review. He later clerked for the Honorable Frank J. Polozola of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana and for the Honorable Daniel A. Manion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He has authored several articles concerning insurance and constitutional issues.
Mr. Balhoff is admitted to practice before all federal and state courts in Louisiana, as well as the United States Supreme Court. He has authored several law review articles and has spoken at legal seminars concerning constitutional law, insurance law, brief-writing, oral argument, and the functions of Special Masters. He is a member of several legal and professional organizations including the Academy of Court-Appointed Neutrals.
Mr. Balhoff was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1988. His professional memberships include the Federal Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, Baton Rouge Bar Association, and Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel.