Benjamin M. Daniels


Benjamin M. Daniels
offices New Haven
New York
phone 203-498-4350
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As Counsel in Wiggin and Dana's Litigation Department, Ben is a key member of the firm's Education and Appellate and Complex Legal Issues Practice Group. He works with universities, colleges, independent schools, education associations, corporations, major health care systems, and sovereign nations to solve a range of legal and regulatory challenges.

Ben helps his Education clients navigate rules and regulations relating to compliance with nondiscrimination laws, campus security requirements, financial aid, and privacy and data security statutes. Attuned to the unique demands of the educational sector, Ben also represents institutions in litigation and in investigations by state and federal regulators, including Title IX and Title III investigations.

Ben also represents a broad array of clients in federal and state appellate courts. His practice focuses on complex legal issues. His recent successes include an affirmance in the Federal Circuit confirming that a major German corporation's patent was invalid; 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; and an affirmance in the Second Circuit, of an order protecting an American company against a German corporation's abusive discovery practices. He also frequently defends clients at the trial level in software licensing disputes, class actions, patent infringement actions, and other general complex commercial disputes.

Before joining Wiggin and Dana, Ben clerked for Judge John M. Rogers on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He also clerked for Chief Judge Irma E. Gonzalez on the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. Between his clerkships, Ben practiced in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP as a member of that firm's white-collar defense and securities litigation practices.

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 has also been recognized as a "Rising Star" for appellate litigation by New England Super Lawyers.


07.13.2018University Wins Important Tuition Claw-Back Case
09.08.2017Education Secretary Signals Shift in Title IX Policy for Dealing with Sexual Misconduct Allegations
07.27.2017Amicus Brief: Tuition Claw Back Case
Mark G. DeGiacomo v. Sacred Heart University, Inc.
06.14.2017Connecticut Tuition Claw-Back Legislation
08.11.2016Second Circuit Revives Title IX Reverse Discrimination Suit against Columbia University
07.13.2016Lessons from Fisher v. University of Texas
03.11.2015Winds of Change: A Flurry of UAS Regulatory Proposals
03.10.2015Higher Ed Legal Update, March 2015
12.17.2014U.S. Regulators Face European Competition on UAV
12.03.2014Can I Fly My Drone? A Primer on the Regulation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
03.04.2014New Guidance on Providing Financial Services to Medical Marijuana Businesses
07.01.2013The Impact of Fisher v. University of Texas on Affirmative Action
04.02.2013Supreme Court to Rule on State Affirmative Action Ban

Published Works

05.01.2018"Fleeting" or "Permanent": are Digital Communications "Education Records" Under FERPA?TerraLex Connections Newsletter, 2018, Edition 2
08.09.2016What Courts Are Saying About Software Patents Post-EnfishLaw360
05.04.2016Is It Time to Extinguish CUTPA's "Cigarette Rule"Connecticut Lawyer
04.22.2016Second Circuit Had a Busy First Quarter of 2016Connecticut Law Tribune
03.16.2015U.S. Regulation of the Use and Export of Unmanned Aerial Systems TerraLex Connections
12.13.2014P.T. Barnum, Justice Harlan, and Connecticut's Role in the Development of the Right to PrivacyFederal Bar Council Quarterly, Sept./Oct./Nov. 2014, Vol. XXII, No. 1
04.10.2014Gathering Facts and Documents Inside the United States for Use in Disputes Outside the United StatesTerraLex Connections

offices New Haven
New York
phone 203-498-4350
view LinkedIn profile



  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2008, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • Mercy College, M.S., 2004, Graduated with Distinction
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 2002, High Honors


  • Connecticut
  • New York


  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)
  • US District Court (Eastern District of New York)
  • US District Court (Southern District of New York)
  • US Supreme Court

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