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 litigating employment disputes. And he advises non-profit organizations on a variety of issues, including corporate policies and employment matters. Super Lawyers Magazine named him a “Rising Star” for labor and employment law in Washington, DC, for 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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 has published articles in the Oregon Law Review, the peer-reviewed New Criminal Law Review, and Phi Delta Kappan magazine. He is a senior editor of the leading treatise on the Railway Labor Act and has spoken at a conference of the National Employment Law Association.

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

Representative matters:

  • Developed case on behalf of McDonald’s workers alleging that the company failed to protect them from violence by customers (Acuna v. McDonald’s (Ill. Cir. Ct.)).
  • Briefed and argued appeals on behalf of unions and employees (Peterson v. Washington Teachers’ Union (D.C. Ct. App.); Washington Teachers’ Union vs. D.C. Public Schools (D.C. Ct. App.); Almanza v. United States (Fed. Cir.); Shea v. United States (Fed. Cir.)).
  • Defended unions from claims that they violated the duty of fair representation (Krakowski v. Allied Pilots Association (S.D.N.Y. Bankr.) (grant of summary judgment and dismissal in three related cases); American Airlines Flow Thru Pilots Coalition v. Allied Pilots Association (N.D. Cal.) (grant of partial summary judgment))
  • Served as lead trial counsel in a successful trial on behalf of an employee of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service who was denied overtime pay, and represented employees of other federal agencies including the FBI, State Department, Veterans Affairs, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • Obtained more than $10 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 in United States ex rel. Dean v. Paramedics Plus (E.D. Tex.), leading to settlements worth more than $20 million after discovery.
  • Served as principal counsel to non-profit corporations.