Daniel Scott Schecter is a litigation partner in the Century City office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Schecter previously served as Vice Chair of the firm's Global Litigation & Trial Department and Chair of the Los Angeles Litigation & Trial Department. His practice focuses on litigating and trying to verdict intellectual property, technology and entertainment cases, and complex business disputes. He has prevailed in jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations taken to verdict or decision with more than US$3 billion in claimed damages at stake.
Mr. Schecter has represented clients in a wide range of matters involving trade secret misappropriation; software development and implementation; trademark, trade dress, copyright, and patent infringement; false advertising and unfair competition; motion picture and television distribution; violation of rights of publicity; and class action defense. Mr. Schecter has also represented a number of clients in disputes arising out of merger and acquisition transactions and financings, insolvency proceedings, and fiduciary duty and other claims against directors.
Mr. Schecter’s clients include motion picture and television studios; major sports franchises; premier technology and e-commerce companies; entertainment and sports labor unions; consumer products companies; and major private equity and venture capital firms and their portfolio companies.
Before joining Latham in 1994, Mr. Schecter was a law clerk for Senior Judge Irving Hill of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
In 2017, Mr. Schecter was named a Top Intellectual Property Lawyer in California by the Daily Journal, and among The Most Influential Intellectual Property Attorneys in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal. In prior years, he has been recognized by a variety of publications, including: one of the top 50 intellectual property attorneys under age 45 by IP Law & Business; one of the top 10 copyright lawyers in California by the Daily Journal; a leading litigator in the Euromoney Institutional Investor Benchmark: Litigation 2008; an Angeleno To Know In Intellectual Property Law by the Los Angeles Business Journal; and a Southern California Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation for 2019 and 2020.