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Daniel J. Stephenson

Of Counsel
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Fax +1.310.552.5001
Dan Stephenson is a trial lawyer with more than three dozen years’ experience in courtrooms across the country. He specializes in complex lawsuits involving science and technology, such as intellectual property, mass tort, class action, and cybersecurity litigation. He also handles complex business disputes such as securities, antitrust, business tort, and mergers & acquisition litigation. His most recent experience includes the defense of companies in the computer, pharmaceutical, aviation, and consumer product industries.

Mr. Stephenson is on the steering committees of the K&L Gates Trial Academy and the firm’s Anti-Trafficking Initiative. He is the Pro Bono Coordinator for the Raleigh office. His experience in the field of human trafficking is substantial, having represented individual victims, aid organizations, and advocacy groups. 

He is a world champion masters swimmer and a published novelist.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Stephenson directed the litigation department and the national trial team of a leading national law firm.


  • Named a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, 2014-2015
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2013-2019
  • Named a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named a Michigan and Southern California Super Lawyer by Law & Politics
  • Named 2009 "Client Service All-Star" by BTI Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017 Masters Swimming World Champion in four events
  • Author of The Underwater Window (Untreed Reads Publishing 2012), a novel set in the world of Olympic-level swimming

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow

Speaking Engagements

  • “Loose Lips Sink Ships: How To Lose The Attorney-Client Privilege,” presented twice, including at Under the Wire (Raleigh, 2018)
  • “The California Consumer Privacy Act Of 2018” (Los Angeles and Raleigh, 2018-19)
  • “New California Rules Of Professional Conduct” (Los Angeles, October 2018)
  • “The Top 10 Ethical Issues to Watch for in the Course of a Lawsuit,” presented eight times, including at ACC-SoCal (Los Angeles, 2017) and Under the Wire (Raleigh, 2017)
  • “Global Supply Chain Risk: Corporate Exposure for Human Trafficking, Forced Labor and Human Rights Abuses,” Webinar (co-presenter), 2017
  • “Consumer Litigation: The Year in Review and the Years to Come,” Webinar (co-presenter), 2017
  • “Cross-Examining the Impeccable Expert,” presented at Network of Trial Law Firms conference in Phoenix, 2014
  • “The International Consequences of U.S. Litigation,” paper and presentation at World Jurist Association conference in Haifa, Israel, 2013
  • “Class Action Settlements,” panelist at ABA Section of Litigation annual meeting, 2013
  • “Human Trafficking” ─ numerous presentations to legal and non-legal audiences

  • Lead national counsel for a computer laptop manufacturer in an MDL (multi-district litigation) consolidation of 28 cybersecurity class actions
  • Coordinating counsel for overseas class actions, including a no-liability conclusion to a cybersecurity class action in Israel in January 2019
  • Orlando Medeiros v. Lenovo (United States), Inc., No. 15-10261 (D. Mass. Jan. 27, 2016). Dismissal with prejudice of nationwide class action alleging battery deficiency in laptops.
  • Obtained a 100% award, plus attorneys’ fees and costs, on behalf of the seller of a business in a AAA arbitration against the buyers.
  • Edmundson v. Procter & Gamble Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53221 (S.D. Cal. 2011), aff’d 537 F. App'x 708 (9th Cir. 2013). Dismissal granted in nationwide class action alleging consumer fraud in marketing of razor cartridges. Affirmed by Ninth Circuit.
  • National science counsel for a case involving a drug used in heart surgery to reduce bleeding. Also represented the company pre-litigation, helping prepare presentations at two FDA Advisory Committee (AdComm) hearings on the drug.
  • National science counsel and trial counsel for pharmaceutical manufacturer in PPA cases.
  • Represented pharmaceutical manufacturer in birth control pill cases, one of six firms involved in defending company witnesses and taking plaintiff and treater depositions.
  • Represented consumer products manufacturer in a purported class action alleging that a mouth rinse caused tooth staining.
  • Member of expert development team for medical products manufacturer in latex glove cases.
  • Holliday v. Extex, Inc., 457 F. Supp. 2d 1112 (D. Hawaii 2006). Partial summary judgment for engine manufacturer in helicopter crash case; important decision under GARA limiting liability for modified parts.
  • Mannix v. County of Monroe, 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 22561 (6th Cir. 2003). Jury verdict for County on all but one count of a whistleblower / wrongful termination suit, reversal and dismissal of remaining count on appeal.
  • Amway Corp. v. The Procter & Gamble Co., 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14455 (W.D. Mich. 2001), affirmed, 346 F.3d 180 (6th Cir. 2003). Successful defense of tortious interference claims exceeding $1 billion based on internet speech.
  • Rainbow Nails, Inc. v. Maybelline Corp., 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4939 (E.D. Mich. 2000). Summary judgment for cosmetics manufacturer on trade secrets claim.
  • In re Comshare, Inc. Securities Litigation, 183 F.3d 542 (6th Cir. 1999). Affirming dismissal of securities claims against software manufacturer under Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.
  • In re Air Crash Disaster at Detroit (Northwest Flight 255), 86 F.3d 498 (6th Cir. 1996). Airframe manufacturer found not liable in connection with nation’s third-worst commercial airline disaster. Trial attorney in 18-month jury trial.
  • Downriver Internists v. Harris Corp., 929 F.2d 1147 (6th Cir. 1991). Affirming jury verdict in favor of computer hardware manufacturer defending against contract and tort claims. Member of trial team.
  • Big Horn Coal Co. v. Commonwealth Edison, 852 F.2d 1259 (10th Cir. 1988). Affirming jury verdict in favor of coal suppliers suing to enforce coal supply contracts. Member of trial teams in a 13-week jury trial and a 4-week jury trial.