Daniel A. Sasse, Partner Orange County
Phone: +1 949.798.1347
3 Park Plaza
20th Floor
Irvine, CA 92614-8505

Daniel A. Sasse is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Orange County office and a member of the firm's Management Board. His practice focuses on antitrust law, including antitrust litigation, government investigations, defending mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and antitrust compliance issues. He has extensive experience in regulated industries including health care, telecommunications, and energy.

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 2014 and 2015, Dan was recognized as an “Up and Coming California Antitrust Attorney” by Chambers USA, noting that clients appreciate that he is “incredibly responsive” and "cerebral but also understands how businesses work in connection with litigation."  He has also been recognized as one of the leading competition attorneys in the U.S. and listed in Global Competition Review's Who's Who Legal: Competition 2015.

The Daily Journal has recognized Dan as 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, the Daily Journal identified one of Dan’s cases as among the Top 25 California Plaintiff's Verdicts. Since 2007, Dan also has consistently been recognized as a "Southern California Super Lawyer" and "Rising Star" in Antitrust Litigation.

Dan is a leader in the 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 he 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 U.S. 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.

Representative Matters

  • 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 corporate clients that purchased DRAM chips, in price-fixing litigation to recover overcharges caused by international cartel, In re DRAM Antitrust Litigation.
  • Represented 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 more than 50 corporate clients as plaintiffs' counsel in complex indirect purchaser suit brought in California state court.
  • Represented a large telecommunications firm in a 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 a large telecommunications firm in binding arbitration regarding merger condition compliance and Operational Support System interfaces; obtaining favorable arbitration award.
  • Represented 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.


Admitted to practice: California, District of Columbia, Missouri


Lawyer Representative to Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
Secretary for the Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Orange County
Past-President, Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Something You Never Considered," Crowell & Moring's 2014 National SALT Summit, Washington, D.C. (November 6, 2014). Speaker: Daniel A. Sasse.
  • "Recovery Action Scene," Crowell & Moring's Healthcare Ounce Of Prevention Seminar (HOOPS), Washington, D.C. (October 27-28, 2014). Presenters: Daniel A. Sasse and Robert T. Rhoad.
  • "Recovery Theories and Opportunities: A New Way of Thinking for Your In-House Legal Department," Orange County Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section Meeting (April 8, 2014). Presenters: Steven D. Allison and Daniel A. Sasse.
  • "Turning the Corporate Legal Department into a Profit Center," Association of Corporate Counsel Southern California Chapter (June 24, 2013). Presenters: Daniel A. Sasse, Jennifer S. Romano, Jason C. Murray, and Steven D. Allison.
  • "Preparing an Expert to Testify: A Discussion and Demonstration," ABA Antitrust Division Spring Meeting (March 30, 2011). Presenters: Vandy M. Howell, Robert L. Hubbard, Daniel A. Sasse, and Jonathan Walker.
  • "Improve Your Results and Reduce Your Outside Counsel Costs," Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California Multi-venue MCLE Program (March 2011). Presenters: Daniel A. Sasse and Jason Murray.
  • "Antitrust Training and Risks for Trade Associations," Western Ice Association (March 23, 2010). Presenter: Daniel A. Sasse.
  • "Bend or Break: Tailoring the Patent System to Promote Innovation," UCI School of Law and Federal Bar Association Orange County (January 22, 2010). Panel Moderator: Daniel A. Sasse.
  • "Antitrust Update," ABA Corporate Counseling Committee Webinar (October 11, 2007). Presenters: Wm. Randolph Smith, Kent A. Gardiner, Jeane A. Thomas, Robert Lipstein, Christopher E. Ondeck, Bridget E. Calhoun, Daniel A. Sasse, Werner Berg and Thomas De Meese.
  • "Amnesty programs under the 2004 Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Act," Law Seminars International, International Cartel Seminar (September 7, 2006). Presenter: Daniel A. Sasse.


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In the News

  • California's Antitrust Bar
    March 2015 — Global Competition Review

    Crowell & Moring's California Antitrust Group is noted as "highly recommended" in the state, in a special feature published in Global Competition Review that explores the law firms doing the best antitrust work in California. The article notes that Crowell & Moring's California antitrust practice is "one of the most remarkable in the state… [that] has found its niche splitting its time between defense and plaintiffs matters, leading for major opt-out clients in some of the top antitrust litigation matters in the country."

  • Q&A: Crowell & Moring's Daniel Sasse
    January 6, 2015 — Global Competition Review

    Head of the firm's Orange County office and partner in the firm's Antitrust Group, Daniel A. Sasse, takes part in Global Competition Review's Q&A series, and shares his views on the most compelling issues facing the competition bar both in the U.S. and abroad. Sasse touches on a number of questions ranging from what antitrust cases he is following closely, to whom he admires most in the antitrust community. When asked about which issue in antitrust he finds most interesting right now, Sasse stated, "The ability of U.S. companies to pursue damages from foreign suppliers for pricefixing on products sold in the U.S. is probably at the top of the list for those of us who spend a significant amount of our time litigating cartel cases."

  • FTC May Waste Time Updating Price-Bias Guide, Attys Say
    November 29, 2012 — Law360

    Daniel Sasse, Orange County-based antitrust partner, speaks to Law360 about the Federal Trade Commission's choices now that they have a chance to update 20-year-old maligned price discrimination law guidelines. He notes that as long as any revisions are similar to the ones made by federal antitrust agencies to update horizontal merger guidelines in 2010, there should not be many problems for businesses.

  • Q & A - What's Hot, What's Not: What practice area(s) is (are) expected to be driving next year’s business/growth? And which area(s) will be the most challenged?
    January 23, 2012 — Orange County Business Journal

    Partner Daniel A. Sasse, head of the firm's Orange County office and member of the Antitrust Group, talks to the Orange County Business Journal about the areas of the law that he anticipates will grow in 2012.

    According to Sasse, "We expect government investigations to continue to play a significant and even increasing role in 2012. While always popular in Orange County, IP litigation and prosecution will continue to be strong practice areas. We have seen a significant increase in consumer class action suits challenging representations made by manufacturers and marketers, especially in the 'green advertising' arena."

  • Turning the Tables: Corporate Legal Departments Pursue Profits Through Plaintiff Recovery Lawsuits
    October 2011 — Inside Counsel

    Washington, D.C.-based Antitrust and Complex Litigation group partner Jerome A. Murphy, and Orange County-based office head and Plaintiff Recovery Group partner, Daniel A. Sasse, talk to InsideCounsel about the advantages of plaintiff recovery lawsuits during a sluggish economy.

    According to Sasse, "In a lot of these cases, there are tens of millions of dollars—sometimes hundreds of millions of dollars—at stake in the recovery action."

  • "10 Under 40: Rising Star" feature with Crowell & Moring's Daniel A. Sasse
    March 31, 2010 — Competition Law360

    Daniel A. Sasse, partner with Crowell & Moring LLP and member of the firm's Antitrust Group, is featured in a Competition Law360's "10 Under 40: Rising Star" feature for his practice, the complexity of his cases, and his most notable accomplishments as a lawyer. After receiving hundreds of nominations, the list was narrowed down to ten attorneys under the age of 40 in each of the following practice areas: intellectual property, employment, bankruptcy, corporate finance, competition, energy, environmental, securities, insurance, product liability, appellate and international trade.

  • FTC Can't Block Sale of Natural Gas Firm
    May 15, 2007 — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Antitrust Group partner Daniel A. Sasse is featured for his comments on the antitrust issues surrounding the proposed merger of Equitable Resources, Inc. and Dominion Peoples Gas.

  • FTC Scrutinizes Energy Deal
    March 19, 2007 — Global Competition Review

    Crowell & Moring partner Daniel Sasse is featured in Global Competition Review for his thoughts on the U.S. Federal Trade Commissions' investigation into the energy company Equitable Resources' proposed U.S. $970 million acquisition of the Pennsylvania-based People's Natural Gas Company.

Firm News & Announcements

Oct.07.2015 Three Crowell & Moring Partners Named National Law Journal's M&A and Antitrust Trailblazers
May.19.2015 Chambers USA Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 20 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Jan.13.2015 Crowell & Moring Releases Third Annual Litigation Forecast Report and Inaugural Regulatory Forecast
May.23.2014 Chambers USA Ranks 51 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Sep.01.2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.01.2012 Super Lawyers 2012 Recognizes 42 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Apr.12.2012 Crowell & Moring's Daniel Sasse Recognized as a "Rising Star" by The Southern California Chapter of The Association of Corporate Counsel
Sep.01.2010 Super Lawyers 2010 Recognizes 36 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Apr.01.2010 Law360 Selects Three Crowell & Moring Partners As Rising Legal Stars Under 40
Jan.27.2010 Crowell & Moring Featured In Daily Journal's List Of 2009 "Top Plaintiff Verdicts"
Sep.01.2009 Super Lawyers 2009 Recognizes 39 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
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