Daniel J. Dugan
Mr. Dugan has been in practice since 1977, with the firm since 1982, and a member of the firm since 1987. He is managing partner and also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He concentrates his practice in trials and appeals involving all manner of commercial and business disputes, and he has extensive experience litigating before state and federal courts nationwide, including bankruptcy courts and Orphans court. He regularly represents individuals and businesses in complex cases involving myriad issues, including construction disputes between developers and contractors, breaches of contract, commercial real estate (lease violations, title disputes, and mortgage foreclosures), employment (such as wrongful termination, age, sex and race discrimination claims and enforcement of restrictive covenants), civil rights, bankruptcy litigation, estate litigation, unfair competition, securities law, fraud and lender liability. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer every year since 2010.
Recent noteworthy cases he has handled include a $3.6 million jury verdict against a bank for its bad faith actions in refusing to close on an acquisition and construction loan it had agreed to make in connection with a planned development in Bucks County; a $4 million plus judgment in a legal malpractice action in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; and the successful resolution of a $10 million plus claim for life insurance proceeds on behalf of a client whose wife drowned in the Ganges River, India. The latter claims involved numerous insurance companies, were litigated in both state and federal courts in Philadelphia and required the taking of numerous depositions in India. After obtaining a verdict in favor of his client in federal court, Mr. Dugan negotiated a successful settlement with the remaining insurers in state court.
Prior to joining Spector Gadon & Rosen, Mr. Dugan practiced law in Washington, D.C. in private practice representing businesses and individuals in litigation in state and federal courts on matters ranging from application of energy-related regulations to defamation. Mr. Dugan began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Oren R. Lewis, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia at Alexandria.
Mr. Dugan is admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth and District of Columbia Circuits, and various United States District Courts. Mr. Dugan has written and published articles on business and employment topics and lectured regularly on the same topics to business and professional groups. He has also on the board of Bridlewild Trials Association. Active in the Church of the Holy Apostles and Penn Wynne.
Graduating in the top third of his class, Mr. Dugan received his J.D. from Duke University Law School. He also holds an A.B. in economics from St. Joseph’s University, where he graduated magna cum laude and earned the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key.
- Duke University School of Law J.D. 1976
- St. Joseph’s College A.B. 1973, Magna Cum Laud
- Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights
- Commercial Litigation
- Estates and Trusts
- Financial Institution Litigation
- Real Estate Litigation
- Bankruptcy Litigation
- Estate Related Litigation
- American Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Virginia Bar Association
- District of Columbia Bar Association
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Pennsylvania, 1983
- Virginia, 1977
- North Carolina, 1976
- District of Columbia, 1977
- Ohio 2015
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court