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Education

  • Claremont McKenna College, B.A. literature and government (2009) with honors
  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D. (2014)

Admissions

  • California

Danielle Richards

Counsel
Orange County
drichards@crowell.com
Phone: +1 949.798.1317
3 Park Plaza
20th Floor
Irvine, CA 92614

Danielle Richards is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Orange County office and is a member of the firm's Litigation group. Her practice focuses on complex commercial matters, including universities and higher education, data privacy and cybersecurity, unfair competition, breach of contract, false advertising, international asset recovery, class actions, arbitration, and other high stakes litigation matters. Danielle represents both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts as well as in arbitration and mediation. Her clients include universities, major health plans, retail and consumer products companies, and food retailers.

Danielle received her J.D. from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, where she served as an executive senior editor of the Southern California Law Review. While in law school, Danielle was a summer associate at Crowell & Moring, and interned with the Cancer Legal Resource Center, a division of the Disability Rights Legal Center. Before attending law school, she was a policy advisor for a public official in Southern California. 

Danielle received her B.A., with honors, in literature and government from Claremont McKenna College, where she graduated cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

In Danielle’s pro bono practice, she has successfully represented numerous tenants in unlawful detainer actions, including representing an elderly gentleman left homeless after his landlord wrongfully performed a self-help eviction and disposed of the majority of his belongings (story at 0:50 – 2:15). She also has represented clients in immigration matters, including U-Visa applications for victims of domestic violence and immigration appeals.

Danielle is active in her community and is a founding member of Kid Safe California, a group focused on informing and helping California neighborhoods advocate for proper placement and oversight of California-designated sexually violent predators placed on conditional release.



Affiliations

Admitted to practice: California



Representative Engagements

  • Represented major academic medical center in class action litigation in both federal and state courts in California arising out of an alleged loss of protected health information of individuals due to a cyberattack on its computer network potentially affecting over 4.5 million individuals. Cases involved alleged violations of privacy and consumer laws, including California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act and Security Breach Notification law.
  • Defended research university from claims for allegedly permitting unauthorized access to proprietary data.
  • Represented major food retailer in nationwide class action alleging false advertising, which was successfully dismissed.
  • Representing major health plan in multiple disputes with an out-of-network provider relating to emergency room charges in excess of reasonable and customary amounts.
  • Represented major home appliances manufacturer in antitrust action against foreign supplier of electronics in federal price-fixing litigation.
  • Represented computer electronics company in opt out antitrust price-fixing lawsuits brought as part of multidistrict cartel litigation and related international arbitration against manufacturers of cathode ray tubes used in televisions and computer monitors.
  • Represented entertainment management company in investigating and litigating cross-border international arbitration award recovery dispute.


Publications

  • "Thoughts On Consolidating Federal And State Antitrust Cases," Law360 (January 30, 2015). Co-Authors: Jason C. Murray, Robert B. McNary, and Danielle Richards.
  • "The Defibrillation of Nota: How Establishing Federal Regulation of Waitlist Eligibility May Save Organ Transplant Patients with Disabilities from Flat-Lining," 87 S. Cal. L. Rev. 151 (2013). Author: Danielle Richards.


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