Daniel A. Schnapp is a trial lawyer with a focus on commercial and intellectual property litigation. He handles high-profile litigation, regulatory, and privacy matters for clients in a variety of industries, including entertainment, music, media, art, publishing, technology, advertising, and financial services. Daniel is also a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Roster of Neutrals.
I have nearly 20 years of legal and business experience successfully litigating complex intellectual property and commercial cases in federal and state courts and before arbitration tribunals.
I work with clients to help prosecute and defend complex cases involving copyright, trademark, trade dress, defamation, trade secret matters, and theft of intellectual property. I have successfully tried numerous cases as lead trial counsel, including matters involving copyright, trademark, trade dress infringement, and defamation, and take pride in providing cost-efficient strategic advice and courtroom experience.
I have worked on high-profile art matters including matters involving restitution of stolen art works, disputes over ownership, criminal defense of art market participants, fraud in the sale of fine art, and commercial matters related to art lending.
I advise and represent clients in a variety of false advertising matters including lawsuits instituted by the Federal Trade Commission, matters before the NAD, and defense of class actions alleging fraud and misleading statements in advertising.
I have tried cases and regularly represent clients in cases involving misappropriation and theft of trade secrets and breach of non-compete agreements.
I represent corporations, banks, hedge funds, alternative investment entities, shareholders, executives and employees in securities fraud, estate and fiduciary litigation including ESOP and ERISA litigation, director’s and officer’s liability claims, post-closing disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, corporate governance issues, bankruptcy litigation, and employment-related claims.
I have tried and arbitrated complex business matters for both corporate clients and individuals in a variety of substantive areas ranging from merger and acquisition litigation, defense of class actions, injunction proceedings, and closely held company disputes.
As the complexity and costs of complex litigation have continued to increase, including the breadth of electronic discovery, in-house counsel and outside counsel will continue to work ever more closely in structuring litigation budgets and communicating consistently to ensure that clients stay apprised of potential developments in large complex commercial cases.
Before joining Nixon Peabody, Daniel was a shareholder in the New York Office of an AmLaw 100 firm. Daniel also worked in the United States Attorney’s Office, E.D.N.Y., and the Securities Prosecutions and Special Litigation bureaus of the New York State Attorney General’s Office during law school.
New York Law Journal | April 09, 2021
New York City Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Schnapp and Washington, DC Intellectual Property associate Alexis Grilli contributed this article analyzing the Tracy Chapman v. Nicki Minaj case and an evolution in copyright law—intermediate copying, AI, and its intersection with the doctrine of fair use.
Law360 | October 29, 2020
This article, examining the latest developments in a copyright lawsuit involving a paparazzi photo of actress and model Emily Ratajkowski, mentions New York Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Schnapp and Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Heisler for representing Ratajkowski in this matter.
Law360 | September 17, 2020
This article, covering the dilemma of celebrities being sued for posting images of themselves to social media, references a copyright lawsuit involving a paparazzi photo of actress and model Emily Ratajkowski. New York Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Schnapp and Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Heisler are representing Ratajkowski in this matter.
New York Law Journal | July 22, 2020
New York City Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Schnapp and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan co-authored this article on developing robust compliance programs for fashion companies, especially as COVID-19 has created disruptions in supply chain management.
Rochester Business Journal | March 20, 2020
Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk contributed this column analyzing a copyright dispute between home exercise giant Peloton and the National Music Publishers Association regarding the use of popular music in Peloton video workouts. This column was adapted from an NP alert by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan, New York City Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Schnapp, and associate Catherine Savio.
The Deal | June 19, 2019
This roundup of executive news highlights the arrival of Complex Commercial Disputes partner Daniel Schnapp, who will be based in NP’s New York City office.
Privacy | 08.05.21
Food, Beverage & Agribusiness Alert | 08.04.20
Commercial Litigation Alert | 05.22.20
Commercial Litigation Law Alert | 05.18.20
Trade Secrets Alert | 05.07.20
Coronavirus Response Alert | 05.05.20
Cannabis Alert | 05.04.20
Litigation & Copyrights Alert | 04.30.20
Litigation & Copyrights Alert | 04.22.20
03.08.21 | Virtual Event
11.13.19 | New York, NY
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D.
George Washington University, B.A.
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
Daniel was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 in the fields of Litigation—Intellectual Property and Privacy and Data Security Law. He has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2020.
New York SuperLawyers in the field of Business Litigation (2014–2019)