D.J. received his LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, where he also completed the Estate Planning certificate program. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law.
Prior to becoming an attorney, D.J. served in the U.S. Navy as an expeditionary and special warfare intelligence specialist. He deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as to Latin America for various force protection missions. He received an honorable discharge in 2012 and is the recipient of several awards and commendations.