Dakota grew up in New Boston, Michigan and attended Michigan State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 2017. While attending Michigan State University, Dakota served as a Student Rights Advocate. In this role, Dakota helped shape student policy and helped students understand and act on their rights. In 2017, Dakota was selected as one of 20 students to participate in a new program which paired undergraduates with opportunities in the legal field. As part of this program Dakota clerked at MCV Law in East Lansing, Michigan, where he provided assistance with family law and criminal cases. Dakota then attended Michigan State University College of Law from 2017-2020. During his time in law school, Dakota was a law clerk at Oade, Stroud & Kleiman, PLLC, in East Lansing, Michigan. During law school, Dakota focused on property law, contract law, and construction law. As a clerk at Oade, Stroud & Kleiman, Dakota honed these skills even further and participated in large scale construction litigation, and real estate disputes as well as transactions involving real estate. Dakota was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2020 and immediately began litigation work. As a licensed attorney, Dakota represented clients in complex cases such as auto no-fault cases, commercial litigation, construction litigation, and products liability. Additionally, Dakota has represented clients in commercial/construction arbitration proceedings. Currently, Dakota specializes in real estate transactions and litigation as well as construction law disputes.