Daniel P. Cahalan grew up on a family farm in northern Iowa, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1980. After attending the Universitat Munchen (Munich) on a Rotary Fellowship, he received a Masters in International Business from the American Graduate School in International Management (Thunderbird) in 1982. He worked as a commodities trader for Continental Grain until moving to Missoula in 1988. Dan started teaching in the Business School at the University of Montana in 1989 and was voted the Most Inspirational Professor on Campus in 1993. While continuing to teach, he attended the University of Montana, School of Law, receiving his juris doctorate in 1996.
After becoming a member of the Montana Bar Association, he continued to teach Business Law in the Business School, Insurance Law for Connole-Morton, and various liability and employment law courses as continuing education for CPA's with Western CPE of Bozeman. His entrepreneurial interests led him to start a successful real estate development business and an IT support business. He currently specializes in real estate transactions, estate planning, business transactions, business organizations, contracts, Internet commerce, and trademark and copyright law. In his spare time Dan is frequently seen on an MCT stage, enjoying the company of his three children, or on his mountain bike.