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Daniel Mita

Maintaining a Familiarly Feverish Pace — Student Success Story

Daniel Mita, Class of 2016

Once experienced real estate developer Daniel Mita had decided to go to law school, he knew that he wanted to complete his JD as quickly as possible.

Working for a company that redeveloped abandoned commercial and industrial sites, known as brownfields, from Philadelphia to Newport, R.I., Dan had gotten a close-up view of many different business, policy and legal issues. 

“I really did enjoy the legal side,” said Dan, who had majored in American Studies at Georgetown University before launching his first career.

He’d glimpsed yet more legal issues while serving on the board of Variety – The Children’s Charity of Greater Philadelphia, a non-profit organization that serves disabled children and youth. 

Dan chose to enroll in the Kline School of Law’s inaugural Fast Forward class, which would satisfy his twin goals of earning a JD and doing so in two years’ time.   

“I liked the prospect of graduating before my 31st birthday,” he said. “A year really does make a difference.”

After graduating, Dan launched his career at Duane Morris, a top-tier law firm with one of the nation’s best practices in real estate law. At Duane Morris, Dan has worked on projects that include representing a commercial real estate developer in a $150 million historic renovation of the former Houston Post Office Building, which now houses a Live Nation music venue, retail and makers’ spaces as well as a rooftop urban farm.