Daniel Allender



Daniel Allender is a trial attorney and trusted advisor who excels at solving hard problems, both inside and outside the courtroom. He specializes in complex litigation, with a focus on real estate, technology, and intellectual property disputes. Daniel regularly represents both plaintiffs and defendants in courthouses across the United States.

In 2020, the state bar Board of Trustees appointed Daniel to the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE). In that role, Daniel and his fellow commissioners assist the Governor select and appoint new judges in California by providing a fair and independent evaluation of candidates for both trial and appellate courts.

Daniel has also received significant recognition for his advocacy on behalf of clients. In 2014, he received the Pro Bono Award from Public Counsel, the largest public interest law firm in the world. For the last three years in a row, his peers rated him a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers magazine.

Daniel serves on advisory boards for both Public Counsel and Equality California.  He is also a Los Angeles board member of StartOUT, a national nonprofit that fosters and mentors entrepreneurship in the LGBT community. He also works on the state bar Committee on the Administration of Justice.

Before beginning his practice, Daniel clerked for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Originally from Arkansas, he graduated from Duke University School of Law magna cum laude in 2009.


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 2020
  • Southern California "Rising Star," Super Lawyers (2018-2020)
  • "Pro Bono Heroes Award," Public Counsel (2013–2014)
  • Public Counsel, Associate Leadership Board Member
  • Equality California, Equality Council Member
  • Los Angeles LGBT Center, Young Professionals Council Member
Bar Admissions
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • 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
  • One Year…And Counting: A Review Of Covid-19 Court Decisions Impacting Retail Leases
    NRTA Webinar (March 25, 2021)
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
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