Daniel Pastor


Daniel Pastor focuses his practice on commercial litigation and appeals.  He has represented businesses and individuals in a broad range of matters, including consumer class actions, intellectual property litigation, False Claims Act cases, contract disputes, and defamation suits.  He has represented clients on appeal before the Ninth Circuit, the California Court of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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

Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for the Honorable Andrew Hurwitz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced at a large national law firm.  Before law school, he worked in communications and public affairs at Google and received a Fulbright Scholarship to Chile.

Notable Representations

  • Represented global energy company in False Claims Act case brought by California Attorney General.
  • Represented Yelp! in securities fraud appeal before the Ninth Circuit.
  • Represented Wall Street 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 amicus curiae in V.L. v. E.L., 136 S. Ct. 1017 (2016), a case 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 mother who adopted 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 received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his A.B. in Politics and Latin American Studies from Princeton University.  He received an M.Phil. in Politics & International Relations from Oxford University.