Daniel Scott Schecter is a litigation partner in the Century City office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Schecter currently serves in his second term as Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Litigation & Trial Department, and previously served as Vice Chair of the firm's Global Litigation & Trial Department. His practice focuses on litigating and trying to verdict complex business, intellectual property, technology, bankruptcy, and entertainment disputes. He has tried jury and bench trials in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts, and before major arbitration bodies domestically and internationally, and has taken cases to verdict or decision with more than US$3 billion in claimed damages at stake.
Mr. Schecter has represented clients across industries in a wide range of matters involving trade secret misappropriation; software development and implementation; partnership, corporate control, and other contract disputes; trademark, trade dress, copyright, and patent infringement; false advertising and unfair competition; motion picture and television distribution; and class action defense. Mr. Schecter also has 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 officers and directors.
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.
Mr. Schecter has been recognized in a number of publications for his trial and litigation work, including; Litigator of the Week (Runner Up) by The American Lawyer; a Top Intellectual Property Lawyer in California by the Daily Journal; one of the Most Influential Intellectual Property Attorneys in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal; a top 50 intellectual property attorney 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 Business and Intellectual Property Litigation for 2019 and 2020 (with over ten annual recognitions as a Super Lawyer).