Daniel A. Sasse is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Orange County office and a member of the firm's management board. He focuses his practice on antitrust law, including antitrust litigation, government investigations, defending mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and antitrust compliance issues. He also has extensive experience with the application of the antitrust laws to deregulated industries, including telecommunications companies and the energy industry.
Dan has devoted a substantial portion of his practice to antitrust cartel litigation. This practice includes defending clients in criminal investigations and civil litigation as well as representing many Fortune 500 companies as plaintiffs in recovery actions when they have been the victim of price-fixing cartels. As a leader in the firm's Plaintiff's Recovery Practice, Dan has helped clients recover more than $500 million in recent years, and has helped turn legal departments from cost-centers into profit-centers.
In 2015 Dan was recognized as one of the leading competition attorneys in the United States, and listed in Global Competition Review's Who's Who Legal: Competition 2015. He was also recognized as an Up and Coming California Antitrust attorney by Chambers USA, regarding him as "very knowledgeable" and "remarkably responsive." The Daily Journal has called Dan one of "10 Emerging Law Firm Leaders in California." Dan has also been named as a "Rising Star" by the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC-SoCal) and by Competition Law360, who placed him on the nationwide list of 10 competition lawyers under 40 to watch. Additionally, one of his cases was listed as one of the Top 25 California Plaintiff's Verdicts by the Daily Journal. Dan's case, Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc v. Chemtura Corp., was selected in the Top Arbitration Award category. Dan has also consistently been recognized as a "Southern California Super Lawyer - Rising Star" in Antitrust Litigation since 2007.
Dan has also been a leader in Orange County Bar and community organizations. He serves on the ABTL/OC Board of Governors, is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and serves as Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. He is also a past president of the Federal Bar Association/OC, and served as a member of the CD Cal Local Rules Committee. Dan is also heavily involved in Crowell & Moring's award winning pro bono program.
Before joining Crowell & Moring, Dan clerked for two years for the Honorable, H. Dean Whipple, Chief Judge United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Valparaiso University in 1994 and a law degree with distinction from Emory University School of Law in 1997. At Emory, Dan was a member of the Emory International Law Review and Jessup International Moot Court Team.
- Representing a major U.S. automobile manufacturer as a plaintiff in the In re Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation.
- Representing a major U.S. automobile manufacturer as a plaintiff in the In re Vehicle Carrier Services Antitrust Litigation.
- Representing a major Computer Manufacture OEM as a plaintiff in the In re Optical Disk Drive Antitrust Litigation.
- Defended a major hotel chain in Section 1 Multidistrict Litigation price-fixing class action, successfully having the client dismissed at the motion to dismiss stage. In re OTC Booking Antitrust Litigation.
- Defended Yamaha Corporation of America in the FTC's investigation into Minimum Advertised Price policies for musical instruments, and follow-on civil litigation, successfully having the case dismissed at the motion to dismiss stage. In Re Musical Instruments In re Musical Instruments Antitrust Litigation.
- Represent corporate clients that purchased Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs), in price-fixing litigation to recover overcharges caused by international cartel, In re CRT Antitrust Litigation.
- Represent corporate clients that purchased Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) panels, in price-fixing litigation to recover overcharges caused by international cartel, In re TFT-LCD Antitrust Litigation.
- Defended a major automobile filter manufacturer in Section 1 Multidistrict Litigation price-fixing class action, successfully having the client dismissed at the motion to dismiss stage. In re Aftermarket Filters Antitrust Litigation.
- Represented of corporate clients that purchased DRAM chips, in price-fixing litigation to recover overcharges caused by international cartel, In re DRAM Antitrust Litigation.
- Represented of a client group that purchased electrical carbon products (including carbon brushes and carbon current collectors), in price-fixing litigation to recover overcharges caused by an international price-fixing cartel. In re Electrical and Mechanical Carbon Products Antitrust Litigation.
- Represented of more than 50 corporate clients as plaintiffs' counsel in complex indirect purchaser suit brought in California state court.
- Represented of large telecommunications firm in suit alleging violations of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Sherman Act § 2 violations, and violations of state antitrust laws; favorable settlement reached on behalf of client.
- Represented of large telecommunications firm in binding arbitration regarding merger condition compliance and Operational Support System interfaces; obtaining favorable arbitration award.
- Represented of clients appearing before federal grand juries.
- Represented AT&T, Cingular Wireless, SBC Communications, Inc. in multiple large acquisitions.
- His counseling practice involves the full range of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, trade association law, cartel enforcement, the Robinson-Patman Act, the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, and the interaction of the antitrust laws and intellectual property.