Daniel L. Daniels is a partner in Wiggin and Dana's Private Client Services Department and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He divides his time between the firm's Greenwich and New York offices. Dan focuses his practice representing business owners, private equity and hedge fund founders, corporate executives and other wealthy individuals and their families. He has also served as an expert witness and special counsel on the subject of the vulnerability of trusts to claims in divorce.
Dan is included on Worth magazine's list of the top 100 trust lawyers in the United States. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and since 2003 has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Trusts and Estates and Trust Litigation. Best Lawyers recently named Dan as Lawyer of the Year in the category of Trust and Estate Litigation for the Stamford region. (For more information about the standards for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, please click here, and for Lawyer of the Year, please click here). He received his A.B., summa cum laude, from Dartmouth and his J.D., cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Dan is a co-author of Trusts and Estates Legal Strategies (2008 Aspatore Books) and has written for various publications, including Trusts and Estates magazine, Estate Planning magazine, Practical Tax Strategies magazine, the National Law Journal and Exempt Organization Review. He also has been quoted on trust and tax-related subjects in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance and Financial Planning.
Dan is a current or former member of the board of various organizations including the Greenwich Library and the Fairfield County Community Foundation.
Dan has a particular interest in working with owners of family- and closely-held businesses. He worked for several years in his own family's third generation family business. He is a member of the Family Firm Institute and Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises, as well as Wiggin and Dana's Closely Held Business Practice Group.
Dan also partners with members of Wiggin and Dana's Probate Litigation group in handling significant trust and estate litigations. Dan has been named Lawyer of the Year for the Stamford area in the category of trust litigation by the editors of Best Lawyers in America. He has also served as special counsel in several large litigations involving the extent to which trusts are vulnerable to claims in divorce.
Dan and his wife and children live in Greenwich, Connecticut.