Daniel Warner is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Washington, where--following military service--he also attended law school. He was a public defender in Bellingham, Washington, for five years, and then practiced civilly, specializing in commercial law. In 1978 he joined the faculty at the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University, where he is now a professor of business legal studies in the Accounting Department. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the American legal system, government regulation of business, commercial transactions and business ethics.
Prof. Warner is the author of two college textbooks on the legal environment of business, a co-author of a text on commercial transactions, and a past staff reviewer for the American Business Law Journal. He has published extensively exploring the intersection of popular culture and the law, for which publications he has six times received the College of Business Dean's Research Award for "distinguished contributions in published research." He served eight years on the Whatcom County Council, two years as its Chair. He has served on the Faculty Senate, on various university and college committees; he has been active in state Bar Association committee work and in local and neighborhood politics, where he has served on numerous boards and commissions over 40 years.