Practice Areas

  Business Counseling

Seller of Travel Laws

Contract Drafting and Review
  • Global Distribution System (GDS) Contracts
  • Travel Technology Contracts
  • Group Tour and Incentive Contracts

Waiver Agreements

e-Commerce and Marketing
  • Websites
  • Terms of Use
  • Privacy Policies

Department of Transportation Compliance
  • Full-Fare Advertising
  • Baggage Fee Disclosures
  • Code-Share Disclosures
  • Post-Purchase Price Increases

ARC Appointments and Compliance

Employment Matters
  • Independent Contractors
  • Employment Agreements
Daniel R. Zim is the founder and principal attorney of Zim Travel Law, PLLC.

He is a motivated, results-driven attorney with a successful record of accomplishments in both in-house and law firm settings. Daniel entered the specialized practice of travel law in 2006 when he began serving as assistant general counsel to the American Society of Travel Agents, Inc. (ASTA). At ASTA, Daniel created numerous member resources and gave presentations on significant legal topics affecting the association and the travel industry as a whole. He served as co-counsel in two major arbitration actions which challenged policy decisions of the Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC). Such policies, if implemented, would have drastically increased operating costs for thousands of travel agencies. He also submitted an amicus curiae brief in ABC Charters, Inc. v. Bronson, 591 F.Supp.2d 1272 (S.D. Fla., 2008) which successfully helped block a law aimed at severely disrupting U.S. government authorized travel from Florida to Cuba. He was the visionary behind the establishment of ASTA's Green Membership category which continues to be a popular, revenue-raising program at ASTA. Prior to joining ASTA, Daniel worked as an immigration attorney and for an online publication where he wrote articles on litigation among Fortune 500 companies. Before entering the legal profession, Daniel mainly worked as a writer and journalist. Most notably, he served as International Projects Editor for the Washington Times where he interviewed political and business leaders including cabinet-level ministers and wrote economic and political country reports that were distributed to the newspaper’s quarter-million readers.

Daniel has substantial expertise in a multitude of legal and business issues, including but not limited to state and federal regulations of sellers of travel; GDS and other specialized travel contracts; employment and independent contractor law; compliance with ARC rules and policies; waivers and disclaimers; and management of risk.    

Daniel is admitted to practice law in Virginia and earned a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He also attended George Mason University School of Law for his third year of law school. During law school Daniel was selected for an international legal education fellowship in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina which was sponsored by the American Bar Association and funded by the U.S. Department of State. He holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University.

Daniel volunteers as a pro bono attorney at Legal Services of Northern Virginia. He is a triathlete and a two-time marathon runner. He has also travelled approximately 2,000 miles by bicycle from London, England to Athens, Greece. He is proficient in three languages - French, Spanish and Serbo-Croatian. Daniel lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC where he is happily married and a proud father of two.