Daniel Allender



Daniel Allender is a trial attorney who navigates high-stakes disputes across industries, with an emphasis on retail, real estate, and technology companies. Daniel regularly represents both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial and intellectual property matters and complex matters involving property insurance litigation and insurance coverage.

During the pandemic, Daniel served as national coordinating counsel for several public retailers, resolving hundreds of landlord-tenant disputes across the United States for tenants asserting claims for lease termination, rent abatement, and co-tenancy remedies. Daniel’s past cases also include securing a judicial finding of copyright misuse against Disney, on behalf of a defendant accused by the studio of copyright infringement and breach of license. Daniel has also recovered millions for clients in complex partnership disputes and other commercial matters. 

Since 2020, Daniel has served on the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE). The JNE Commission assists the Governor in the judicial selection process for both trial and appellate courts, by providing independent and comprehensive evaluations of candidates under consideration for a judicial appointment.
Daniel also serves on advisory boards for Public Counsel and Equality California as well as the state bar Committee on the Administration of Justice.

Obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for the minority members of a sporting event operator in a dispute over profit distributions.

Secured summary judgment and award of fees and costs enforcing right to exercise option under commercial lease.

Recovered millions in overcharges for a national retailer against a major mall developer.

Prosecuted trade secrets claim on behalf of major food distributor against former partner who launched competing business based on stolen client and distributor lists.

Successfully defended commercial real estate owner against a claim of breach of option agreement in failed transaction valued over $40 million.

Super Lawyers Rising Star Daniel Allender
  • Awarded the Wiley M. Manuel Pro Bono Certificate by the California Lawyers Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2023)
  • Named a "Lawyer on the Fast Track (Under 40)," California Legal Awards (2022)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2023-2024 editions)
  • Named a "Southern California Rising Star," Super Lawyers (2018-2023)
  • "Pro Bono Award," Public Counsel (2013–2014)
  • Public Counsel, Associate Leadership Board Member
  • Equality California, Equality Council Member
  • Los Angeles LGBT Center, Young Professionals Council Member
  • StartOUT, Member
Bar Admissions
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude (2009); Duke Law Journal, Notes Editor (2007–2009)
  • Arkansas Tech University, B.A. in History and Political Science, magna cum laude (2006)
Professional Associations
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Century City Bar Association
  • Los Angeles LGBT Bar Association
  • Updates in Real Estate Law; Operating Costs and the Law
    National Real Estate Tenants Association (NRTA) 2023 National Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (September 18, 2023)
  • One Year…And Counting: A Review Of Covid-19 Court Decisions Impacting Retail Leases
    NRTA Webinar (March 25, 2021)
September 17-20, 2023
NRTA 2023 National Conference
Manleen Singh, Daniel Allender - Expanding Knowledge National Conference
Fort Lauderdale, FL
March 25, 2021
WEBINAR | One Year … and Counting: A Review of Covid-19 Court Decisions Impacting Retail Leases
Michael A. Geibelson, Anne M. Lockner, and Daniel Allender - National Retail Tenants Association