Daniel S. Morris

Biography

Daniel Morris represents corporate and individual clients in a wide variety of commercial and corporate litigation matters nationwide. He has experience in the following areas:

  • business issues, including breach of contract, fraud, unfair trade, defamation, and other business torts
  • intellectual property issues, including misappropriation of trade secrets, theft of electronic information, software and technology disputes, and telecommunications issues
  • employment issues, including enforcement of non-compete and non-solicit agreements, unfair competition, and fiduciary duties
  • shareholder issues, including derivative actions, intra-corporate disputes, and oppression of minority shareholders

Daniel is also frequently consulted by clients concerning preventative counseling, data protection, and retention of document issues. He has significant experience in managing electronic discovery and forensic analysis of electronic evidence, and has experience utilizing alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to limit litigation expense and exposure.

Daniel is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law—Camden, where he served as a research editor of the Rutgers Law Journal. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Villanova University.

Experience

  • A telecommunications company, in a trade secrets dispute; defeated $82 million contract and fraud claims following federal jury trial, and won sanctions and attorneys’ fees for destruction of evidence.
  • A financial services company, in software implementation and customization dispute with custom software developer; defeated a $170 million trade secrets lawsuit, and obtained a permanent injunction in federal court securing intellectual property rights, followed by contempt order for violations of injunction. Action was litigated in three courts, including Pennsylvania state and federal, and California federal court.
  • A cyber school management and services provider, secured injunction protecting trade secret curriculum and confidential information.
  • A medical devices manufacturer, prosecuted violations of non-compete and non-solicit agreements and theft of trade secrets and confidential information in state and federal courts throughout the United States.
  • A minority shareholder, in intra-corporate dispute with directors and officers of private pharmaceutical distributor; prosecuted derivative action in federal courts in New York and Georgia, and negotiated buyout of shares.
  • A minority LLC member, in dispute with Managing Member over distribution rights to custom software; compelled arbitration in an action filed in California state court, defeated request for stay of related litigation pending in Germany and proposed derivative claims for breach of fiduciary duty, and secured award for dissolution of LLC.
  • An investor, in a fraud action against derivatives trading website; secured verdict in California state court, upheld as a nondischargeable debt in federal bankruptcy proceedings in Texas, affirmed by Texas federal court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and review denied by U.S. Supreme Court
  • The nation’s largest Vietnamese Buddhist organization, secured court order dissolving TRO in major property title dispute and handled bench trial in Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County.
  • The owner of undeveloped land, in condemnation proceedings and related eminent domain lawsuit; obtained $12.9 million in compensation for a municipal taking in state court.
  • A publicly traded chemical company, in contract dispute with distributor.
  • An IT company, in dispute with management consulting firm.

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Recognitions

2015–2017, “Pennsylvania Rising Star” in Business Litigation, listed in Super Lawyers®

Affiliations

Memberships

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Villanova University Alumni Association
Professional Activities

Daniel handles a number of pro bono cases each year on behalf of indigent clients. He was recognized by Blank Rome with its Pro Bono Award in 2014, and he has been named to the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania’s Pro Bono Roll of Honor every year since 2011.

Daniel serves on Blank Rome’s Recruitment and Retention Committee and co-chaired the Summer Associate Program in 2014 and 2016.? He also serves as a Barrister member of The University of Pennsylvania Law School American Inn of Court?.

Credentials

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, JD, with honors
  • Villanova University, BA, cum laude
  • Villanova University, MA, magna cum laude