Daniel Laguardia is a partner in the firm's Litigation practice and Head of the Bay Area Offices. He has represented individuals, corporations, and various financial institutions including banks, broker-dealers, hedge funds, mutual funds and private equity funds, in securities litigation, internal investigations, regulatory matters and complex commercial litigation. He has extensive litigation experience across a broad spectrum of substantive areas, including securities and complex financial products, financial markets, mergers & acquisitions disputes, shareholder actions, distressed debt and bankruptcy issues, and commercial contracts, and he has achieved a strong record of success for clients in trial and appellate courts.
In addition to the representation of clients in all aspects of strategic litigation planning and practice, Mr. Laguardia regularly counsels clients on pre-dispute situation management, risk-control, high exposure transactions, compliance, and board governance issues. He conducts internal investigations for clients and board committees and reviews and advises on corporate compliance provisions, governance structures, and controls.
Mr. Laguardia was a law clerk to Judge Anthony J. Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, from 1999 to 2000 and to Judge David G. Trager, U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y., from 1998 to 1999. He speaks frequently on matters of practice and ethics, has been named one of the top 50 lawyers in San Francisco and repeatedly recognized by Benchmark Litigation, and is the current chair of the Securities Litigation Committee of the San Francisco Bar Association and the former chair of the Committee on Securities Litigation of the New York City Bar. He is also a past hiring partner for the Firm and co-chair of the Firm’s associate development committee.