Benjamin Daniels, an associate in the firm's Litigation Department, focuses his practice on higher education law, appellate litigation, and general commercial litigation. This work has allowed him to help universities, private secondary schools, corporations, family owned businesses, major health care systems, and sovereign nations resolve complex disputes.
As a member of the firm's Appellate Practice Group, Ben has significant experience handling appeals in state and federal court. His recent appellate successes include a reversal in the Connecticut Supreme Court of a $35 million judgment against a major insurance carrier; an affirmance in the Second Circuit of Yale University's title to one of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous paintings; a California Supreme Court case reinstating a $13.5 million claim on behalf of a major insurer; and an affirmance in the Second Circuit that protected an American company against a German corporation's abusive discovery practices. Ben has been recognized as a "Rising Star" in the category of appellate litigation by New England Super Lawyers (for more about the standards and selection criteria, please click here).
Ben is also a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where he is the co-instructor of Yale's Appellate Litigation Clinic. He supervises and instructs students as they brief and argue appeals on behalf of formerly pro se appellants before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. These appeals involve issues of immigration law, due process, religious rights, and prisoners' rights.
Ben's education practice focuses on helping educational clients respond to a wide array of regulatory and compliance issues, including investigations by state and federal authorities, Title IX compliance, FERPA, and state authorization. Recently, he advised an institution on a private Title IX lawsuit and the Department of Education's parallel investigation. Having represented numerous institutions of higher education, private secondary and technical schools, Ben understands the unique challenges faced by institutions of higher education.
His commercial litigation experience includes the defense of software licensing disputes, patent infringement actions, and general contract disputes. This includes the defense of a major banking institution in interrelated state and federal lawsuits, agency investigations, and derivative suits stemming from the merger of two major investment banks during the financial crisis.
Ben joined Wiggin following his clerkship with Judge John M. Rogers on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was previously a law clerk for Chief Judge Irma E. Gonzalez on the United States District Court, Southern District of California. Between his clerkships, Ben practiced in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where he represented major financial institutions as a member of that firm's white-collar defense and securities litigation practices.
Ben received his J.D. summa cum laude from Washington University School of Law, where he was on the Washington University Law Review and winner of the school's moot court competition. He also received an M.S. in Education from Mercy College and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.