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
Hourly ($350-500/hour), contingent (30-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)
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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.
Kevin Mottley, Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
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.
|VA||Authorized to practice law||2000||03/31/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Tropaia Speaker||Georgetown University||1996|
|Partner||Ward & Ward, PLLC||2001 - Present|
|Attorney||Williams & Connolly||2000 - 2001|
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|Kevin Reichardt Foundation||Vice President||2000 - Present|
|Saint Mary's High School Alumni Association||Board Member||2010 - 2012|
|Du v. Cisco||pending|
|Cherdak v. Vock, et al.||Settled|
|Richards v. Central Intelligence Agency||Dismissed|
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|Vocativ||Why Is a Huge Ukrainian Arms Shipper Going After a Tiny NGO?||2014|
|Corporate Counsel Magazine||Partner Or Collaborator? Cisco discovers the perils of doing business in China.||2011|
|Reuters||Cisco suits on China rights abuses to test legal reach||2011|
|Sydney Morning Herald||Fighting China's Golden Shield: Cisco sued over jailing and torture of dissidents||2011|
|The Economist||Internet Freedom: Tort and Technology||2011|
|New York Post||Apple Slapped with "Death Grip" Suits||2010|
|The Washington Post||Former CIA Agent Suing Agency Over Lead Poisoning||2010|
|Dryer v. NFL||Retired Football Players Lawsuit||2009|
|Georgetown University Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|Georgetown University||Government||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1996|
|Social and Labor Rights Protection||Litigation of Employment and Human Rights claims in the United States||2011|
|Marketplace Tech Report||Suit says Cisco is helping China commit crimes||2011|
|Asia Pacific Forum Radio Show||Partners in the Police State? US Tech Giant Cisco Sued for Aiding China||2011|