Benjamin M. Daniels

Biography

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.

Education

  • 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

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal 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