“Technology has made the practice of law move at breakneck speed. Focus, attention to detail, and long-term strategies allow us to stay in constant control.”

Dan is a Partner at Freitas & Weinberg LLP.  Dan focuses his practice on complex disputes involving technology companies, including patent and trade secret litigation, insurance recovery litigation, and antitrust litigation.  Dan also has represented clients in data security and privacy-related cases, including the defense of consumer class action claims.  

Prior to joining the firm, Dan practiced for nearly a decade in the intellectual property group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.  Dan has experience in trials and arbitration, and has handled numerous preliminary injunction proceedings for technology clients.  

Dan, a native San Franciscan, resides in the City with his wife and three amazing daughters.

Notable Representations

  • National Union Fire Insurance Company, et al. v. Seagate Technology LLC.  Dan represented Seagate in coverage litigation related to the precedent setting In re Seagate Technology case.  Dan has authored multiple winning appellate briefs before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that resulted in a substantial recovery to Seagate.
  • Opperman v. Path, Inc., et al.  Dan represented Instagram, Inc. and Gowalla, Inc. in a nationwide class action filed in the Western District of Texas.  The lawsuit alleged violations of multiple state and federal privacy laws for the alleged theft to personal address book information maintained on personal mobile devices.  
  • Claridge v. RockYou, Inc.  Dan defended RockYou against a nationwide class action alleging state and federal privacy violations arising from a data breach affecting 50 million users.  
  • RockYou, Inc. v. Individual Defendant.  Dan represented RockYou Inc. litigating a case against a former RockYou consultant in a dispute alleging data theft under California Penal Code § 502(c).
  • Iconix Corp. v. NetPickle, et al.  Dan represented NetPickle and its founders in a dispute related to the founding of the company, where Iconix accused the founders of copyright infringement and violations of California Penal Code § 502(c).
  • Lam Research Corporation v. Individual Defendant.  Dan recently represented Applied Materials, an individual defendant, in a trade secrets case brought by a former employer that alleged the theft of valuable manufacturing process trade secrets.
  • Intellectual Ventures I LLC, et al. v. Capital Financial Corp., et al.  Dan defended Intellectual Ventures in antitrust litigation pending in the District of Maryland.
  • B.E. Technology, L.L.C. v. Amazon, Inc.  Dan represents the inventor B.E. Technology, L.L.C. in patent cases in the Western District of Tennessee against several of the leading technology companies in the world.  Dan recently authored the winning brief in a published Federal Circuit Court of Appeals decision resulting in denial of a petition for writ of mandamus addressing venue.
  • Hockeyline, Inc. v. STATS, LLC.  Dan represents Canadian company Hockeyline, Inc. in patent litigation against the world’s leading sports data company in the Southern District of New York.
  • Aristocrat v. International Game Technology.  Dan was part of a team that represented IGT in a patent case related to gaming methods in which IGT successfully asserted a number of patent infringement defenses on summary judgment. 
  • Inxight, Inc. v. Verity, Inc.  Dan represented Inxight, Inc. in a series of cases related to software licensing and was part of a winning trial team that obtained defense verdicts on claims of copyright infringement and breach of contract.
  • Silvaco Data Systems v. Agilent Technologies, Inc.  Dan successfully obtained summary judgment for Agilent Technologies, Inc. in a trade secrets case involving the use of semiconductor design software.  The case was affirmed by the California Court of Appeal.
  • Avago Technologies, Inc. v. Jovani Torres.  Dan represented Avago Technologies, Inc., litigating claims of breach of contract and violation of California Penal Code § 502(c) for Avago Technologies against a former manager.
  • Seagate Technology LLC v. National Union Fire Insurance Company.  Dan represented Seagate Technology LLC and established insurance coverage under a commercial general liability policy where Seagate was the plaintiff in a patent case.
  • InfoVista, S.A. et al. v. EMC Corp.  Dan was part of a team that represented EMC Corp. against claims of trademark infringement.

Select Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Mitigating U.S. Litigation Risks for Chinese Companies," Cracking the U.S. Market: Opportunities & Threats for Chinese Multinationals, February 28, 2015
  • Speaker, "Cloud Computing: Abuse and Crime," VMware CLE Seminar, August 17, 2010
  • Author, “The New California Civil Code Section 3426.4, Recovery of Expert Witness Fees in Trade Secret Misappropriation Cases,” BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, March 23, 2007