A former federal prosecutor and trial lawyer focusing on complex litigation and white collar criminal defense, Daniel J. Fetterman regularly represents corporations and executives in complex litigation, trials, government investigations and enforcement proceedings.
Dan is recognized as a leader in litigation by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, where he is described as “a great lawyer and adviser” who has a “detailed knowledge of the law” and “extensive expertise in complex litigation and white collar criminal defense.” Chambers USA also describes Dan as a “talented” and “gifted” trial lawyer who is “very strategic” and “held in high esteem.” He has won numerous jury trials in both federal and state courts, including a 17-month jury trial, the longest in Alabama history, which resulted in more than $100 million in jury verdicts. The Washington Post described the case as a “huge victory” in a “landmark” lawsuit. Dan has also been recognized in New York Super Lawyers 2011 – 2013 and The Legal 500. He is frequently sought after as an authority on white collar issues and has been quoted on the subject in publications including The Wall Street Journal, International Financing Review, the FCPA Report and Compliance Week. (click here).
Dan has represented clients in many high-profile matters, including MF Global Holdings Inc. and its Chapter 11 Trustee, Honorable Louis Freeh, a principal in the Fairfield Greenwich Group - the largest feeder fund into Madoff, Hilton Worldwide in a grand jury investigation relating to its alleged theft of trade secrets, the New York Jets in litigation over its proposed stadium in Manhattan, a consortium of private equity firms in connection with a funding dispute over the $8.5 billion acquisition of Home Depot Supply, a senior bank executive in the Governor Blagoyevich corruption investigation, a senior Merrill Lynch executive in the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch CDO litigation, and a New York City Port Captain in the Staten Island Ferry Crash investigation. Dan has conducted numerous internal investigations on behalf of corporations, boards and special committees concerning alleged corporate malfeasance, fraud, theft of trade secrets and obstruction of justice.
Before joining Kasowitz, Dan was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York where he received the Justice Department Director’s Award for Superior Performance as An Assistant United States Attorney. Drawing on his nearly 20 years’ experience as a federal prosecutor and a white collar defense lawyer, Dan co-edited and co-authored a highly acclaimed white collar treatise, "Defending Corporations and Individuals in Government Investigations," published by West. The treatise, which is being used in law school courses at Harvard and Yale, has been praised as a “must-have resource and reference for any lawyer involved in white collar matters,” an “exhaustive review of how to effectively defend companies and individuals” and “an extraordinary contribution to the white collar bar.” The New York Law Journal published a book review of the treatise, concluding that “this timely compilation of guidance from highly experienced and talented practitioners is an invaluable resource that will serve the white collar bar and others well in preparing their clients to weather the storm.”
Dan also has taught white collar crime as an adjunct professor of law at Washington & Lee University School of Law.