Dan Katz has tried numerous complex cases, spanning many substantive areas, for a wide array of corporate and individual clients. He has tried cases in state and federal courts before both judges and juries, and has handled numerous arbitrations and administrative proceedings. He also has argued many appeals in state and federal courts.
Dan has practiced in fields as diverse as financial services, franchise, automotive, employment, real estate, construction, healthcare, RICO, securities, and antitrust law. He has also been lead counsel in major class actions and multiple party cases of all types in numerous jurisdictions. He has appeared in, for example, New York, Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Minnesota, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, and California courts.
Born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, Dan received his B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Williams College in 1979 and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1983. Dan clerked for Judge James K. Logan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit before joining Williams & Connolly in 1984. Dan served on the firm's Executive Committee from 2009 to 2011. He has been a member of Duke University School of Law's Board of Visitors since 2009 and a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University School of Law since 2011.
Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Dan’s experience as lead counsel includes:
- Winning a defense liability verdict in a civil rights trial in Florida for a large private company
- Obtaining summary judgment in California for a public company in a breach of contract action brought by a major automobile manufacturer
- Winning a plaintiff's verdict for a manufacturing company in New York against a defendant corporation for breach of a commercial lease
- Winning affirmance for a major private company in the 11th Circuit of a substantial counterclaim judgment and dismissal of RICO and other statutory claims
- Winning sanctions for multiple companies for abusive litigation and discovery tactics in state court, federal court, and arbitration
- Winning a plaintiff's award in an arbitration against a commercial construction company
- Obtaining reversal of class certification in the Eighth circuit for a public company
- Winning a liability verdict for a nationwide hotel corporation in a case seeking specific performance and then obtaining specific performance in a separate trial
- Winning reversal of class certification for a public company in an antitrust price-fixing case in Texas
- Successfully obtaining reversal in federal court, under the “manifest disregard” standard, of an arbitrator's certification of a nationwide class against a public company
- Winning summary judgement for a public company on joint employer theory in federal putative class action in California
- Obtaining reversal for a public company in the Ninth circuit of a refusal to enforce as written an arbitration clause with a class waiver
Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke University School of Law, 2011 - present