Daniel Wall is "very smart and practical; he's able to take complex concepts and make them easy to understand." He is recognized by commentators as "at the top of his game, a brilliant litigator” and is described by peers as “force of nature.”Chambers USA 2018

Daniel M. Wall

San Francisco
  • 505 Montgomery Street
  • Suite 2000
  • San Francisco, CA 94111-6538
  • USA

Daniel M. Wall is globally recognized as one of the leading antitrust lawyers in the United States, with a practice that encompasses complex antitrust litigation, government conduct investigations, merger reviews, and counseling. His specialties are merger litigation, single-firm conduct litigation (e.g., monopolization actions), and the application of the antitrust laws to high technology industries.

Over the past 34 years, Mr. Wall has litigated over 80 antitrust cases, argued a dozen antitrust appeals, and steered over 50 mergers through the antitrust process. He is best known for his courtroom skills, a rarity among antitrust lawyers. He has represented some of the world's leading companies in antitrust litigation, including Apple, Oracle Corporation, Live Nation Entertainment, Toshiba, Yahoo!, Electronic Arts, Union Pacific Railroad, and US Airways. He has also represented clients in dozens of government antitrust investigations into proposed mergers, suspected anticompetitive business practices, and cartels.

Mr. Wall is recommended by every significant publication ranking antitrust lawyers, receiving the highest rankings from Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, Legal Media Group's Expert Guide to Competition and Antitrust Lawyers, The Legal 500 US, and the Global Competition Review's GCR 100. In 2012, Chambers Global noted that "universally admired Daniel Wall is singled out as a 'first-rate trial lawyer' and a 'shrewd, strategic thinker who makes sound, accurate judgements.'" He was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal in 2011.

Mr. Wall's representative matters include representing:

  • Oracle Corporation
    • As lead trial counsel in United States v. Oracle Corp., the US Department of Justice challenge to Oracle's hostile tender offer for PeopleSoft, Inc. Mr. Wall's victory in that case was hailed by the National Law Journal as the Top Defense Win of 2004.
    • In a high-profile trial with Hewlett-Packard, where HP alleges that Oracle's actions in halting software development for the Intel Itanium microprocessor violated contract and unfair competition laws.
    • In its acquisitions of Sun Microsystems, Siebel Systems, and BEA Systems.
  • Apple Inc. in numerous matters
  • Live Nation Entertainment Inc. 
    • In connection with its merger with Ticketmaster.
    • In obtaining a complete defense award in an ICC arbitration concerning an agreement with CTS Eventim AG to develop and implement a ticketing software platform for Live Nation. CTS Eventim sought more than US$920 million in damages after Live Nation terminated the contract following its merger with Ticketmaster in January 2010. In the course of a lengthy arbitration, Latham established that CTS Eventim failed to meet its obligations under the agreement, defeated Eventim’s claims and request for damages, and obtained an award for Live Nation of monies wrongly retained by CTS Eventim.
  • Toshiba Corporation in grand jury investigations and civil litigation concerning multiple alleged price fixing conspiracies.
  • Internationally recognized pop singer Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (Shakira) in an oral contract dispute with former romantic partner, Antonio de la Rua, who claimed entitlement to more than US$100 million worth of earnings and 20% of all profits in the future, from the “global Shakira brand.” Latham won a motion to dismiss the suit under the doctrine of forum non conveniens.
  • Genentech in a challenge to a patent settlement agreement.
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