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Daniel J. Chirlin

Senior Counsel 212 335 2956

Dan is an experienced white-collar criminal defense litigator.  He brings a wealth of experience handling a wide range of business crimes and investigations-related inquiries, including matters relating to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, insider trading, anti-money laundering, criminal antitrust, sanctions, financial fraud, and market manipulation.  Dan’s practice also includes representations of broker-dealers, futures commission merchants (FCMs), investment advisors, and other regulated entities in inquiries before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), FINRA, National Futures Association (NFA), Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE), Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) Futures and other options and futures exchanges and Swap Execution Facilities (SEF).

Dan has successfully represented corporations and individuals in complex legal inquiries before criminal and regulatory bodies.  In addition, he spearheaded several significant multinational internal investigations involving complicated cross-border issues.  Dan regularly deals with the Department of Justice, the SEC, the CFTC and other regulators.  He has extensive experience preparing and defending witnesses in depositions and formal and informal interviews.  Dan also regularly advises and represents banks, hedge funds, and private equity firms.  Over the years, Dan has developed a unique expertise concerning futures and derivatives products and regulations and frequently advises broker-dealers and buy-side institutions concerning regulatory inquiries.

Dan has also handled numerous civil cases in a variety of areas, including commercial contract disputes, mortgage-backed securities litigation, real estate, insurance, and employment law.  Dan has experience both prosecuting and defending cases in federal and state courts, the Delaware Court of Chancery, as well as before arbitrators.

Dan’s pro bono work has ranged from family and immigration matters—he has prevented the deportation of five children in immigration matters—to “good government” cases.  On behalf of the NYC Comptroller, Dan successfully sued the Department of Homeless Services over its illegal contracting practices.  He also successfully litigated against the City on behalf of local community interests over the City’s violation of state and city land use procedures relating to the reopening and expansion of a jail in a residential neighborhood.  His most recent pro bono representation involved advocacy for a group of deaf and hearing-impaired individuals who were being denied sign-language interpreters by NYC agencies, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Dan is the author of several articles and chapters in practitioner guides concerning securities litigation and enforcement and internal investigations.

Before joining Walden Macht & Haran, Dan practiced law at two preeminent global law firms.

Dan earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar each year.  He graduated cum laude with honors from Cornell University with a B.A. in Government.

Education
Columbia University School of Law, J.D. (2006)
Cornell University, B.A. (2002)

Bar Admissions
New York