Daniel Pastor


Daniel Pastor focuses his practice on business litigation, white collar defense, and appeals.  He has represented businesses and individuals in a broad range of matters, including False Claims Act, wire fraud, securities fraud, copyright, contract, and defamation cases.

He has represented clients on appeal before the Ninth Circuit, the California Court of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Daniel serves on Coblentz’s pro bono committee and maintains an active pro bono practice.  He has successfully defended an immigrant family facing eviction and represented an immigrant appealing an order of removal to the Ninth Circuit.

Prior to joining Coblentz, Daniel clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for Judge Andrew Hurwitz and was an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP.  Before law school, he worked for Google’s communications and public affairs division and received a Fulbright Fellowship to Chile.

Notable Representations

  • Represented criminal defendant in wire fraud and money laundering case.
  • Represented global energy company in False Claims Act case brought by the California Attorney General.
  • Represented Yelp! in securities fraud appeal before the Ninth Circuit.
  • Represented hedge fund manager before the Ninth Circuit in defamation case arising from remarks at an academic symposium.
  • Represented beverage retailer in putative consumer class action brought under the California Unfair Competition Law.
  • Represented national adoption organizations as amici curiae in V.L. v. E.L., 136 S. Ct. 1017 (2016), in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Full Faith and Credit Clause required Alabama to recognize the parental rights of a lesbian parent who adopted her children in Georgia.

Professional Activities

Daniel is a member of the State Bar of California and the San Francisco Bar Association.  He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and before the District Courts for the Northern District of California and the Central District of California.


Daniel earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and his A.B. in Politics and Latin American Studies from Princeton University.  He has an M.Phil. in Politics & International Relations from Oxford University where he studied on a Marshall Scholarship.