Daniel (Dan) Harkins is a senior associate in the firm’s Litigation Practice. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and the defense of class actions, including matters involving consumer fraud, product liability, securities and bankruptcy litigation.

Dan is a creative problem-solver no matter the subject matter – he has litigated high-stakes disputes across a variety of industries, including consumer goods, transportation and technology. Dan has experience with all aspects of litigation, including pleading attacks, discovery and related motion practice, dispositive motions, oppositions to class certification motions, interlocutory appeals, and settlement and related motion practice.

Prior to joining the firm, Dan served as a law clerk for the Honorable James L. Garrity, Jr., US Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York. Before that, he practiced at a multinational law firm, specializing in complex commercial litigation and class action defense involving consumer fraud, breach of contract and business tort actions.

Throughout his career, Dan has maintained an active and diverse pro bono practice. He has represented West African asylum seekers, litigated human trafficking cases, briefed and argued criminal appeals on issues related to procedural due process, and defended challenges to vote-by-mail accommodations provided in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Defended a Fortune 50 global computer company in a consumer fraud putative class action.
  • Represented an insurer in a putative class action alleging that a reinsurance transaction adjunct to a workers’ compensation policy illegally modified fixed-cost coverage and violated state consumer protection laws.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a global airline in a putative class action alleging a breach of the airline’s frequent flyer contract.
  • Represented underwriter defendants in securities fraud class actions alleging false and misleading statements to investors.

Education

  • Columbia Law School, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 2012
  • McGill University, B.A., First Class Honors, History, Dean’s Honor List, 2009

Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2022
  • New York, 2013

Courts

  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of New York
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. of New York

  • Author, “Revisiting Colorado v. Connelly: The Problem of False Confessions in the Twenty-First Century,” Southern Illinois University Law Journal, 2013.

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