Daniel Raso leads the Commercial and Construction Disputes team at Moores

Daniel helps his clients avoid and solve problems so that they can focus on getting on with business.

In his 12 years specialising in disputes, Daniel has acted in a range of matters across the development, infrastructure, education, social housing and government sectors, including:

  • distressed projects involving (sub)contractor insolvency, non-performance and relationship breakdown;
  • variation, latent condition, delay and defect claims;
  • representation in negotiation, mediation, and other forms of ADR;
  • Security of Payment Act claims; and
  • litigation (Court and Tribunal)

Daniel’s approach is toward early intervention to address challenges before they escalate. He acts as a ‘shadow in-house counsel’ to identify potential issues when they can most easily be resolved and gives practical support in real time to help balance the playing field with the other side. He also provides project management training to help clients avoid issues in the first place.

Where heated disputes do arise, Daniel tailors solutions that address his clients' specific needs and objectives. He has a knack for identifying the underlying interests driving disputes and develops creative options to address them. 

His ability to cut through complex disputes and keep a focus on strategy helps his clients avoid hurdles and delays other lawyers may call ‘part of the process’.

Why Moores?

"A place where the interests and objectives of my clients are aligned with those of the firm’s and my own."


Before being killed-off in a tragic tractor accident, Daniel briefly (one episode) appeared on Neighbours. Thankfully, TV’s loss is his clients’ gain.


  • Seconded to the Department of Education and Training during the Building Education Revolution, where he was responsible for the coordination and management of a significant number of disputes.
  • Has contributed to major projects like the Melbourne Airport redevelopment, the NBN and the Southern Star Observation Wheel.
  • Attended the Harvard Negotiation Institute’s course on ‘Tools for Preparing and Negotiating Effectively’.
  • LLB (1st Class Honours) from Deakin University, where he graduated on the Dean’s Merit List.
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) and Accounting from Deakin University.
  • Member of the Australasian Lawyers Surfing Association.