J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 2008
Dean’s Scholarship (full-tuition)
Symposium Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
Domestic Violence Clinic
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2003
Genetics and Molecular Biology
B.A., magna cum laude, Brown University, 1996
Phi Beta Kappa
Honors and Senior Prize in Biology
District of Columbia
Daniel N. Lerman, Partner
Daniel N. Lerman is an appellate and trial litigator. He has briefed a wide range of cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, including American Trucking Associations, Inc., v. City of Los Angeles, 133 S. Ct. 2096 (2013), a federal preemption case that he argued and won. He has represented companies and individuals in federal and state matters involving a host of issues, including constitutional law, bankruptcy law, intellectual property law, environmental law, consumer protection law, securities law, administrative law, and criminal law.
Dan served as a law clerk to the Honorable David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Honorable William C. Bryson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Representative matters include:
Briefed and presented oral argument in American Trucking Associations, Inc., v. City of Los Angeles, 133 S. Ct. 2096 (2013), in which the Court unanimously held that requirements imposed by the Port of Los Angeles on drayage trucks were preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994.
Defended a Fortune 500 hospital company against a $900 million securities class action, including briefing a successful motion to dismiss.
Represented a health-care executive in sentencing proceedings after his conviction and on appeal.
Took and defended depositions in complex commercial litigation involving hundreds of millions of dollars.
Drafted the petition for certiorari and merits briefs in Armour v. City of Indianapolis, Ind., 556 U.S. 673 (2012), an equal-protection challenge to a municipal taxation scheme.
Represented an association of advanced energy companies in litigation over the Clean Power Plan, an EPA rule to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.
Defended the State of Vermont’s Act 120, which required the labeling of food made with genetic engineering, including drafting a motion to dismiss that resulted in dismissal of several claims and a successful opposition to a motion for a preliminary injunction.
Represented creditors in an appeal of a district court decision dismissing their fraudulent-conveyance claims arising out of the leveraged buyout of the Tribune Company.
Drafted amicus briefs in numerous Supreme Court cases, including Class v. United States, No. 16-424 (unconditional guilty pleas); Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., No. 15-1189, 2017 WL 2322830 (patent exhaustion); King v. Burwell, 135 S. Ct. 2480 (2015) (Affordable Care Act); Marx v. General Revenue Corp., 133 S. Ct. 1166 (2013) (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act); Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations, S.A. v. Brown, 564 U.S. 915 (2011) (personal jurisdiction); and Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Ltd. Partnership, 564 U.S. 91 (2011) (patent invalidity defense).