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Daniel S. Ward, a partner at Ward & Ward PLLC, heads the firm's litigation practice and has a particular expertise in intellectual property and employment matters. 

Dan represents individuals, small businesses and corporations in a wide variety of business disputes, including disputes involving business torts, theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, franchisor/franchisee disputes, breach of contract actions, and intellectual property disputes. 

In addition to his litigation practice, Dan provides legal and business advice and counseling on a variety of corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and formation, best practices, and executive compensation. 

Dan's clients vary from individual executives to start-up companies to established large and small companies. Dan has acted as outside general counsel to a number of small and medium sized companies, as well as serving on the Board of Directors of a number of companies.

Dan also represents businesses, inventors, and other technology innovators in various intellectual property disputes and licensing matters. Through both litigation and negotiation, Dan has obtained in millions of dollars in licensing revenues for his clients. 

In addition to his litigation and intellectual property practices, Dan also represents employees and employers in a variety of matters, including the litigation or mediation of age, race, gender and pregnancy discrimination disputes; the negotiation and drafting of employment contracts, restrictive covenants, and severance agreements; the enforcement and litigation of non-compete agreements; and advising employers on best employment practices.

Prior to joining the firm, Dan worked at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, DC, where he focused on general civil litigation and intellectual property litigation. 

Dan is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown Law, Dan worked for the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill and at the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. Dan also represented a number of indigent clients as a student attorney in the Georgetown Criminal Justice Clinic. Dan has a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Georgetown University.

Dan is licensed to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, the United States District Courts for the Districts of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Eastern District of Virginia, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Dan is a member of the American Bar Association. 

Dan lives outside of Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Tucker and their three boys, Ryan, Sean and Rowan. When he is not working, Dan enjoys sailing, crabbing, fishing, or doing just about anything on the Chesapeake Bay. Dan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Kevin E. Reichardt Foundation.



Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 60%
    15 years
  2. Business: 10%
    14 years
  3. Intellectual Property: 10%
    15 years
  4. Employment & Labor: 10%
    13 years
  5. Contracts & Agreements: 10%
    15 years



Hourly ($350-500/hour), contingent (30-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Sean T Morris

    Dan is a top shelf litigator and trial lawyer. He provides the sort of expertise you get from big firm lawyers, but the attention you can only get from a small shop. No matter how sophisticated or complex the matter, Dan and his team should be on the list of folks to call.


    Sean Morris Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Kevin Wayne Mottley

    I give Dan Ward my highest endorsement. We worked as opposing counsel with each other on a difficult business dispute case a couple of years ago. I found him to be a dedicated advocate for his client's positions while, at the same time, a true professional who was easy to work with toward a solution.


    Kevin Mottley Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Ward & Ward, PLLC

2020 N Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20036

Ward & Ward, PLLC

2020 N Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20036



DCActive 200105/24/2015
VAAuthorized to practice law200009/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Tropaia SpeakerGeorgetown University1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWard & Ward, PLLC2001 - Present
AttorneyWilliams & Connolly2000 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Saint Mary's High School Alumni AssociationBoard Member2010 - 2012
Kevin Reichardt FoundationVice President2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Richards v. Central Intelligence AgencyDismissed
Du v. Ciscopending
Cherdak v. Vock, et al.Settled
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Georgetown UniversityGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Social and Labor Rights ProtectionLitigation of Employment and Human Rights claims in the United States2011
Marketplace Tech ReportSuit says Cisco is helping China commit crimes2011
Asia Pacific Forum Radio ShowPartners in the Police State? US Tech Giant Cisco Sued for Aiding China2011