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David W.T. Daniels

F:  202.261.2999


David Daniels delivers practical litigation solutions to solve his clients’ urgent business needs.  Focusing on disputes involving creditor rights, securities law or related complex commercial issues, Mr. Daniels represents private equity funds, hedge funds, multilateral development banks and other financial institutions who need to protect their investment positions through litigation in state, federal and bankruptcy courts. more +

A member of both the New York and District of Columbia bars, Mr. Daniels regularly litigates in the New York courts, where he has substantial trial experience.  As one judge commented following the conclusion of a trial in which Mr. Daniels acted as lead counsel for the plaintiff, “As great as the lawyers are in the Commercial Division—and they are great at arguing motions—they are not all good trial lawyers.  And you are good.”

Mr. Daniels is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.


  • Lead counsel in two-week trial representing private equity fund in dispute over control rights for company with over $500 million in annual revenues.
  • Represented multilateral development bank in obtaining and enforcing $169 million judgment.
  • Recovered over $20 million for development bank clients through cross-border enforcement of loan guarantees.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of all claims asserted against agent on $257 million syndicated bank loan after eight years of litigation in bankruptcy court, New York state court and AAA arbitration.
  • Obtained multimillion-dollar settlements of claims arising out of M&A transactions on behalf of private equity investors.
  • Lead trial counsel for unsecured creditors in assertion of fiduciary duty and fee disgorgement claims against debtor’s professionals.
  • Obtained rare mandatory injunction on behalf of hedge fund investor requiring defendants to deliver control of portfolio company to client.
  • Successfully defended hedge fund in multi-district litigation involving allegations of mutual fund late trading and market timing. Acted as liaison counsel for hedge fund defense group.
  • Secured dismissal of U.S. securities law claims asserted against Directors of a European telecommunications company in connection with overseas privatization transaction.
  • Defended senior officers of two Fortune 50 companies in class action securities fraud cases.
  • Represented board committees, including special litigation committee formed to investigate allegations of stock option backdating and audit committee in investigation of accounting fraud.
  • Defended law firm in bankruptcy proceeding in dispute with liquidation trustee over ownership of attorney-client privilege. 

Honors & Awards

  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States in the area of General Commercial Disputes (2016-2020).
  • Recognized as a 2015 Notable Practitioner by State Tax Notes for authoring the decisive amicus brief in Maryland Comptroller of the Treasury v. Wynne, 135 S. Ct. 1787 (2015).




Practice Areas
  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., Member of the Law Review, 1994
  • Princeton University, A.B., magna cum laude, 1989
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Second, Fifth and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court