Portrait of
Named as a
National Law Journal 2015
Mergers & Acquisitions and
Antitrust Trailblazer


  • Valparaiso University, B.A. (1994) summa cum laude
  • Emory University School of Law, J.D. (1997) with distinction


  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Missouri
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

Highlights, News & Knowledge

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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Firm News & Announcements

Dec.18.2015 Crowell & Moring Establishes Endowed Diversity Scholarship at the University of California, Irvine School of Law
Oct.30.2015 21 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2015
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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