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Daniel J. Stephenson

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Resident in the Raleigh and Los Angeles offices, Dan Stephenson focuses his practice on commercial disputes and class actions. He has experience defending companies in the pharmaceutical, aviation, computer and consumer product industries. He has a mechanical engineering degree, which gives him the insight to thoroughly assess the technology aspects of complex lawsuits. He also represents clients on matters involving intellectual property litigation, product liability, consumer protection, and cybersecurity.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Stephenson directed the litigation department and the national trial team of a leading national law firm.


  • Named a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, 2014-2015
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2013-2017
  • Named a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named a Michigan (2006, 2007, and 2009) Super Lawyer by Law & Politics; and recognized in Southern California SuperLawyers®
  • Named 2009 "Client Service All-Star" by BTI Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014 Masters Swimming World Champion in four events
  • Author of The Underwater Window (Untreed Reads Publishing 2012), a novel set in the world of Olympic-level swimming

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Michigan Theological Seminary, former Board Chairman

Speaking Engagements

  • “The Top 10 Ethical Issues to Watch for in the Course of a Lawsuit,” K&L Gates, 2016
  • “Cross-Examining the Impeccable Expert,” presented at Network of Trial Law Firms conference in Phoenix, 2014
  • “The International Consequences of U.S. Litigation,” paper and presentation at World Jurist Association conference in Haifa, Israel, 2013
  • “The Top Ten Ethical Issues In The Course Of A Lawsuit,” presented at Network of Trial Law Firms conference in New York, 2010
  • “Class Action Settlements,” panelist at ABA Section of Litigation annual meeting, 2013
  • Lead national counsel in multi-district class action cybersecurity litigation for a computer laptop manufacturer
  • Orlando Medeiros v. Lenovo (United States), Inc., No. 15-10261 (D. Mass. Jan. 27, 2016). Dismissal with prejudice of nationwide class action alleging battery deficiency in laptops.
  • Obtained a 100% award, plus attorneys’ fees and costs, on behalf of the seller of a business in a November 2015 AAA arbitration against the buyers.
  • Edmundson v. Procter & Gamble Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53221 (S.D. Cal. 2011), aff’d 537 F. App'x 708 (9th Cir. 2013). Dismissal granted in nationwide class action alleging consumer fraud in marketing of razor cartridges. Affirmed by Ninth Circuit.
  • National science counsel for a case involving a drug used in heart surgery to reduce bleeding. Also represented the company pre-litigation, helping prepare presentations at two FDA Advisory Committee (AdComm) hearings on the drug.
  • National science counsel and trial counsel for pharmaceutical manufacturer in PPA cases.
  • Represented pharmaceutical manufacturer in birth control pill cases, one of six firms involved in defending company witnesses and taking plaintiff and treater depositions.
  • Represented consumer products manufacturer in a purported class action alleging that a mouth rinse caused tooth staining.
  • Member of expert development team for medical products manufacturer in latex glove cases.
  • Holliday v. Extex, Inc., 457 F. Supp. 2d 1112 (D. Hawaii 2006). Partial summary judgment for engine manufacturer in helicopter crash case; important decision under GARA limiting liability for modified parts.
  • Mannix v. County of Monroe, 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 22561 (6th Cir. 2003). Jury verdict for County on all but one count of a whistleblower / wrongful termination suit, reversal and dismissal of remaining count on appeal.
  • Amway Corp. v. The Procter & Gamble Co., 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14455 (W.D. Mich. 2001), affirmed, 346 F.3d 180 (6th Cir. 2003). Successful First Amendment defense of tortious interference claims based on internet speech.
  • Rainbow Nails, Inc. v. Maybelline Corp., 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4939 (E.D. Mich. 2000). Summary judgment for cosmetics manufacturer on trade secrets claim.
  • In re Comshare, Inc. Securities Litigation, 183 F.3d 542 (6th Cir. 1999). Affirming dismissal of securities claims against software manufacturer under Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.
  • In re Air Crash Disaster at Detroit (Northwest Flight 255), 86 F.3d 498 (6th Cir. 1996). Airframe manufacturer found not liable in connection with nation’s third-worst commercial airline disaster.
  • Downriver Internists v. Harris Corp., 929 F.2d 1147 (6th Cir. 1991). Affirming jury verdict in favor of computer hardware manufacturer defending against contract and tort claims.
  • Big Horn Coal Co. v. Commonwealth Edison, 852 F.2d 1259 (10th Cir. 1988). Affirming jury verdict in favor of coal suppliers suing to enforce coal supply contracts.