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Daniel Charles (DC) V. Wolf

Associate
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DC Wolf is a litigator whose practice focuses on constitutional law, complex commercial disputes, and appellate litigation. He has experience in all phases of litigation, having drafted dispositive motions and appellate briefs, presented oral argument, taken and defended depositions, and participated in trial and post-trial proceedings. Mr. Wolf represents clients in a broad range of sectors, including technology, local government, private equity investment, and healthcare.

His constitutional law practice has involves defending government employees and municipalities from civil rights claims and challenges to their legal authority, as well as counseling all manner of clients on Commerce Clause and First Amendment issues. Mr. Wolf also has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, including securities; shareholder disputes; and disputes relating to mergers, acquisitions, and commercial contracts. As an appellate litigator, he has counseled clients on appellate procedure and many numerous appellate briefs on a diverse range of issues in state and federal court. Mr. Wolf also maintains an active pro bono practice representing survivors of domestic violence seeking court-ordered protection from their abusers.

Professional Background

Mr. Wolf was previously a judicial extern to the Honorable John C. Coughenour of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

He was a K&L Gates summer associate in 2013.

Before attending law school, Mr. Wolf volunteered in a legal aid office in Massachusetts, assisting indigent clients with landlord-tenant issues.

Achievements

  • Selected to 2019 Washington State Rising Stars List
  • Roger J. Traynor California Moot Court Competition, Outstanding Individual Achievement in Oral Argument.
  • UCLA Law Moot Court Top 8 Oral Advocate
Appellate and Constitutional Law
  • Obtained dismissal of defamation, civil rights, and constitutional claims asserted against local government entity and city councilmember. Case No. 2:17-cv-01614-MJP, Dkt. ## 32, 66 (W.D. Wash. June 4, 2018).
  • Served as pro bono counsel for victims of cyberstalking and online harassment in the Washington Court of Appeals; drafted appellate brief, presented oral argument, and obtained affirmance of the largest ever jury verdict in a non-celebrity “revenge porn” case. 2018 WL 6787925 (Wash. Ct. App. Dec. 24, 2018).
  • Represented industry trade group before the Washington Court of Appeals and Washington Supreme Court challenging campaign-finance disclosure penalties on First Amendment and Eighth Amendment grounds.
  • Obtained dismissal of defamation, civil rights, and constitutional claims asserted against local government entity and city councilmember. Case No. 2:17-cv-01614-MJP, Dkt. ## 32, 66 (W.D. Wash. June 4, 2018).
  • Represented entrepreneur before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and obtained affirmance of district court order dismissing securities fraud claims due to inconvenience of forum. --- F. App’x ---, 2018 WL 4177978 (9th Cir. 2018).
  • Represented city in obtaining interlocutory review of trial court ruling on electricity ratepayers’ challenge to city-owned utility’s operation of internet service.
  • Obtained dismissal of appeal filed by defendant in electronic impersonation/invasion of privacy case. Case No. 16-55171, Dkt. # 17 (9th Cir. Apr. 25, 2016). Following dismissal of appeal, a $6.4 million default judgment was entered against defendant. 2:14-cv-09788-PSG-SS (C.D. Cal. Apr. 4, 2018).
  • Represented agricultural supply co-op before the Ninth Circuit in case alleging tortious interference and fraudulent transfers.
  • Represented local county transit authority in civil rights case and obtained dismissal of claims alleging violation of plaintiffs’ constitutional rights. Case No. 3:17-cv-05262-RBL, Dkt. # 25 (W.D. Wash. Sep. 7, 2017).
  • Represented U.S. Army employee in federal appellate proceedings and obtained affirmance of summary judgment order dismissing First and Fourth Amendment claims against employee. — F. App’x —, 2017 WL 1629001 (9th Cir. May 2, 2017).
  • Represented church and defeated defendants’ petition for review of summary judgment order deferring to religious organization’s decisions on First Amendment grounds.. Wash. S. Ct. No. 93374-0 (Oct. 7, 2016).
  • Represented indigent appellant in federal appellate proceedings and obtained reversal of order dismissing his complaint asserting First Amendment civil-rights claims. 817 F.3d 1162 (9th Cir. 2016).
Complex deal Litigation
  • Represented investment company principals in business valuation dispute before private arbitrator; obtained dismissal of ex-business partner’s counterclaims and settled case on favorable terms.
  • Represented electric vehicle company in shareholder dispute and obtained denial of plaintiff’s motion to remand to state court. 2019 WL 131842 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 8, 2019).
  • Represented art dealer seeking recovery of down-payment on custom supercar and obtained judgment on the merits in client’s favor. King Cty. Superior Ct. No. 17-2-06795-4 SEA (Aug. 18, 2017).
  • Represented renewable energy consulting firm in action to recover unpaid fees for services rendered and settled case on terms favorable to client. King Cty. Superior Ct. No. 16-2-13081-0 SEA (May 2, 2017).
  • Represented Pacific Northwest mining company in defending 1934 Securities and Exchange Act and state fiduciary claims in federal and state courts seeking to enjoin acquisition. Injunctive relief defeated in state case and federal case summarily dismissed. Case No. 2:16-CV-00256-SMJ, 2016 WL 4611573 (E.D. Wash. Sept. 2, 2016).
  • Defended medical practice in arbitration of former shareholders’ securities fraud and breach of contract claims arising from complex merger transaction.
  • Represented large public company in breach of contract and trade secret case involving international vendors and subsidiaries.