Daniel E. Fine
Daniel Fine joined the litigation department of Ropes & Gray in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Daniel clerked for the Honorable Indira Talwani of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and worked as a litigation associate at a large New York based international law firm. Daniel has experience litigating securities and complex commercial cases and in advising clients in white collar and regulatory investigations. Daniel has significant experience advising executives and boards of directors on corporate governance, fiduciary duty, contractual, and litigation risk matters. In addition, Daniel handles certain corporate/securities matters for underwriters in connection with special purpose acquisition company offerings.
During law school, Daniel clerked in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts, and interned in the Appellate Unit of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.
Corporate Matters and Litigation Risk Analysis
- Advised clients on corporate governance matters in restructurings and merger transactions.
- Advised clients in the pharmaceutical, consumer goods, and financial services industries on litigation risk and related issues in contracts, license agreements, merger and other acquisition and restructuring agreements.
- Advised private equity clients in matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic instability, including in pre-litigation and litigation matters.
- Represented issuers and underwriters in connection with special purpose acquisition company initial public offerings.
Government Investigations and Litigation
- Represented large public company in responses to various SEC subpoenas related to potential insider trading.
- Represented private equity client in SEC examination action, including in responses to deficiency letters.
- Represented various clients in responding to inquiries from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
- Represented large technology company in responding to subpoenas and civil investigative demands from various government entities in antitrust inquiry.
General Commercial Litigation
- Represented large medical device company in defending against False Claims Act claims.
- Represented large consumer goods company in defending against securities class action claims brought by shareholders.
- Represented defendant in connection with putative class action alleging violations of the Sherman Act, state wage and hour laws, and state consumer protection laws.
- Represented identity theft protection company in defending against contractual and tort claims by bank customer.
- Represented pharmaceutical company in false advertising litigation in front of the International Trade Commission.
- Huot v. City of Lowell – Counsel to coalition of Asian-American and Hispanic/Latino residents in the City of Lowell in voting rights challenge to the Lowell’s municipal election system. Obtained settlement and consent decree from the City of Lowell containing agreement to change election system.
- Weaver v. Massachusetts – Counsel for Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in amicus brief to the US Supreme Court addressing right to effective assistance of counsel and public trial.
- Pavan v. Smith – Counsel to plaintiffs in certiorari petition the US Supreme Court addressing attorney’s fees in the context of prior victory in obtaining equal treatment for LGBTQ parents in the issuance of children’s birth certificates.
Matters prior to joining Ropes & Gray include:
- Represented large financial institution in connection with various disputes related to residential mortgage-backed securities.
- Represented client in connection with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act internal investigation.
- Represented hedge fund and principal officer in insider trading investigation.
- Represented hedge fund in dispute over life settlement investments.
- Advised investment management company regarding impending contractual dispute.
- Represented current and former detainees at Rikers Island challenging jail’s improper use of solitary confinement.
- Co-author, “California Court Refuses to Enforce Forum Selection Clause Requiring Litigation in Delaware,” Insights (September 2020)
- Co-author, “1st Circ. Affirms Narrow Scope of Federal Criminal Statutes,” Law360 (January 23, 2017)
- JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2014; online content editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review; Dean’s Scholar Prizes in Sentencing Theories & Punishment and Mediation
- BA (Psychology), summa cum laude, Yale University, 2010; Phi Beta Kappa
Admissions / Qualifications
- New York, 2015
- Massachusetts, 2014
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2016
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2016