Let’s face it. Every business attorney needs some time to escape from weighty and complicated issues, such as reverse triangular mergers. (Just thinking about the concept  makes a reporter’s brain ache.)

Dayton, who specializes in business, finance and real estate law, described a recent weekend that defines a typical escape from workaday obligations. 

Dayton and his wife, Melanie, have three children, so the weekend included gymnastics, a daughter-daddy dance, roller skating and swimming lessons.

That should be enough to push a triangular merger, which is a form of business acquisition, way to the back of the brain.

Dayton also is active in volunteer organizations, and did we mention that the Daytons are foster parents?

“Probably his greatest attribute though (which he would be uncomfortable with me talking about) is his and Melanie’s work in the nonprofit world,” wrote John Mickelson, a friend since he and Dayton attended the University of Iowa College of Law. 

“What sets them apart, however, is that they live it every day by being foster parents. It is one thing to volunteer some time and donate some money to a good cause -- it is an entirely different thing to open your home and take on the commitment to raise a child.”

Mickelson might like to know that his old friend did not mention his role as a foster parent during a recent interview with the Business Record.

Reasons he’s a Forty:

• Member of Iowa State Bar Association subcommittees on limited liability companies and the Uniform Commercial Code, both of which help to craft Iowa law regarding those corporate issues

• Volunteers at Iowa Legal Aid

• “Mike is not the ‘guy on the committee’; he is the guy working the committee, leading the subcommittee, forming teams, mentoring and walking the walk expected of our community leaders,” according to a nominating letter.

• I Have a Dream mentor Served on the Evelyn Davis Early Learning Academy board of directors