Daniel A. Schnapp
New York, NY
Daniel A. Schnapp is a partner and trial lawyer at Fox Rothschild and is based in the firm’s New York office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense matters. Daniel regularly counsels officers and directors, executives, shareholders, employers and employees in a wide range of sophisticated business issues and litigation, including substantive areas of trade secret, employment, securities, intellectual property, bankruptcy and art-related matters.
Daniel has obtained significant victories at trial. His representative trial experience includes but is not limited to:
- Lead trial counsel to two former Marines in a trial before the United States District Court, S.D.N.Y. in defense of allegations of theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, trademark and trade dress infringement, copyright infringement and breach of non-compete agreement. Daniel obtained a dismissal of 11 of 12 counts, and achieved an order finding that the adversaries violated the Stored Communications Act arising out of computer hacking.
- Lead trial counsel to an apparel manufacturer in a matter before the United States Bankruptcy Court, S.D.N.Y. in defense of allegations of misappropriation of corporate assets. This trial resulted in the dismissal of all counts.
- Lead trial counsel in AAA arbitration arising out of partnership dispute and achieved the dismissal of all direct damages claims.
- Lead litigation counsel to a Chapter 7 Trustee in asserting claims for equity compensation arising out of dissolution of a 600 member international law firm.
- Lead trial counsel in a two-week long trial before the United States District Court, S.D.N.Y. arising out of a maritime disaster.
In addition, at Fox Rothschild, Daniel has handled the following recent cases:
- Obtained a decision of first impression in the United States District Court, S.D.N.Y concerning attachment and directing turnover of assets held by an international bank;
- Second chair trial counsel to an investment bank in a FINRA arbitration in a matter alleging breach of contract and unjust enrichment regarding an investment banking advisory fee;
- Defended British public company in defense of racial and pregnancy discrimination claims;
- Defended investment bank in a SEC investigation into the process of valuing and marketing collateralized debt obligation in connection with sub-prime mortgage loans;
- Defended a broadband wireless company in a SEC investigation into alleged misrepresentations contained in registration statements issued in connection with a planned IPO;
- Represented a witness in investigation by the US Attorney’s Office and FBI into art theft at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
A frequent writer and speaker, Daniel has authored numerous publications including:
- “Government Investigation in the Age of Technology,” New York Law Journal Special Report (September 30, 2013)
- “Protecting Companies’ Intellectual Property from Cyber Crime,” New York Law Journal (November 5, 2012)
- Co-author: “The Problem with SEC Obey-the-Law Injunctions, and Their Chances of Survival,” Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions (May/June 2012)
- Co-author, “Is the Tide Turning Against the SEC in Favor of Finders?” ABA Securities Litigation E-Newsletter (November 11, 2011)
- Co-author, “A Primer on Government and Internal Investigations,” (November 2011)
- Co-author, “Calculating Monetary Damages In Theft of Trade Secrets Cases,” New York Law Journal (September 12, 2011)
Before Fox RothschildDaniel worked in the United States Attorney’s Office, E.D.N.Y. and the Securities Prosecutions and Special Litigation Bureaus of the New York State Attorney General’s Office during law school. Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Daniel was associated with two prominent New York City law firms.
Beyond Fox RothschildDaniel is a member of the Federal Courts Committee of the City Bar Association of New York and has litigated several matters for the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
Art Law Blog
Daniel shares his knowledge of art litigation and finance in the firm's Art Law Blog, which covers such topics as art recovery, art preservation, art as collateral and valuation of art as well as recent trends in the art market.
Primer on Government and Internal Investigations
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Honors and Awards
- Included in a list of New York SuperLawyers (2014)