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Danny M. Rosenthal


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Daniel Rosenthal believes that vigorous representation of workers and unions fosters a more just society.

Danny Rosenthal joined James & Hoffman in 2011. He helps unions advance the rights of their members, including through litigation at the trial and appellate levels, grievance arbitration, and collective bargaining. He also represents workers and classes of workers in employment disputes. And he advises non-profit organizations and unions on a variety of issues. Super Lawyers Magazine named him a “Rising Star” for labor and employment law in Washington, DC, for 2018 to 2021. In 2021, Lawdragon identified him as one of the 500 leading plaintiff employment and civil rights lawyers in the United States.

Mr. Rosenthal served as a law clerk for the Honorable William J. Kayatta, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and received his college degree in mathematics, with honors, from the University of Chicago. Between college and law school, he taught mathematics at a public high school in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Rosenthal frequently speaks on labor and employment issues. He is a senior editor of the leading treatise on the Railway Labor Act. He is a member of the state bars of New York and the District of Columbia, and he is admitted to practice in trial courts and appellate courts around the country.

Mr. Rosenthal lives in DC with his wife, Roxanna, and their son.

Representative matters:

  • Currently serving as lead counsel for a nationwide class of Diagnostic Radiological Technologists at the VA who were allegedly misclassified under the FLSA. (Michalovic-Crawley v. United States (Ct. of Fed. Cl.)).
  • Led a team that secured a preliminary injunction requiring certain McDonald’s restaurants to improve their COVID-19 safety measures under the public nuisance doctrine (Massey v. McDonald’s (Ill. Cir. Ct. 2020)).
  • Obtained a ruling that a regulation restricting overtime pay for federal employees during training programs was likely invalid. (Plaintiff No. 1 v. United States (Ct. of Fed. Cl. 2021)).
  • Briefed and argued successful appeals on behalf of unions. (E.g., Krakowski v. Allied Pilots Association (2d. Cir 2021) (affirmance of judgments for union in two related duty of fair representation class actions); Peterson v. Washington Teachers’ Union (D.C. 2018) (affirmance of dismissal of case brought by former officer against union)).
  • Obtained more than $13 million in backpay for D.C. Public School teachers in arbitrations and related proceedings.
  • Represented a whistleblower under the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute, leading to settlements after discovery of more than $20 million. (United States ex rel. Dean v. Paramedics Plus (E.D. Tex.)).