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Posner, Daniel

Daniel Posner

Direct Tel: +1 213-443-3220
Los Angeles
Tel: +1 213 443 3000 Fax: +1 213 443 3100

Mr. Posner joined Quinn Emanuel in 2004 and is a partner in the Los Angeles office.  His diverse practice focuses on complex litigation on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, particularly involving intellectual-property disputes, including copyright, trademark, and trade-secrets litigation, other commercial litigation, and appellate litigation in state and federal courts. 

Mr. Posner has successfully represented clients in cases touching on a variety of matters within the entertainment, toy, and fashion industries, including involving motion pictures and musical works, toys and games, and high-fashion and “fast-fashion.”  He has helped his clients protect some of the most famous and valuable brands in existence by pursuing and defending against claims of unauthorized use in federal courts and in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Mr. Posner also has extensive experience representing foreign clients in IP litigation in U.S. courts, with a particular focus on representing clients from Asian countries both to protect their IP rights and defend them against claims of infringement.   

Mr. Posner has prevailed in several trials, including jury trials and arbitration proceedings, and has helped his clients (plaintiffs and defendants) recover their attorney’s fees after prevailing at trial on multiple occasions.  Mr. Posner also has been asked on several occasions to take over existing matters for purposes of discovery and trial after a client has obtained unfavorable pre-trial rulings, or for purposes of appeal after a client has obtained an unfavorable judgment. 

Before joining the firm, Mr. Posner clerked for the former Chief Judge of the Central District of California, the Honorable George H. King (ret.).

  • NBC Universal
  • Mattel
  • Gucci America
  • NetEase, Inc.
  • Playboy Enterprises International
  • Zuru, Inc.
  • Samsung
  • Primer Technologies, Inc.
  • Dubai World
  • Tsuburaya Productions
  • Aiwa Co., Ltd.
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Penn National Gaming
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Paramount Pictures
  • IAC/InteractiveCorp
  • Tinder, Inc.
  • Yandex
  • For artificial-intelligence company Primer Technologies, Inc. and its CEO and Founder, Mr. Posner defeated claims of trade-secret misappropriation and breach of contract brought by Quid, Inc., that Quid alleged were worth more than $150 million.  After a week-long “zoom” arbitration hearing in July 2020 (which was one of the first of its kind), Mr. Posner’s client was declared the “prevailing party” and awarded more than $6 million in attorney’s fees and costs. 
  • For Japanese entertainment company Tsuburaya Productions, Mr. Posner obtained two significant victories on summary judgment followed by a complete victory following a two-week jury trial in the Central District of California in a copyright infringement case involving rights in the iconic “Ultraman” superhero character created by Tsuburaya in the 1960’s.  The district court awarded Tsuburaya its attorney’s fees as the “prevailing party” under the Copyright Act.  The judgment in Tsuburaya’s favor was subsequently affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  (See Mr. Posner’s appellate argument here:
  • For Mattel in its long-running litigation against competitor MGA Entertainment, Mr. Posner obtained an order from the Ninth Circuit vacating verdicts of liability for alleged trade-secret misappropriation and a damages award of more than $170 million; separately defeated antitrust claims purportedly worth $3 billion and RICO claims with similar alleged stakes; and obtained summary judgment on trade-secrets claims allegedly worth $1 billion in an order that was affirmed by the California Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
  • Following on Mr. Posner’s successful representation of Gucci America in claims involving its iconic “green-red-green” and “blue-red-blue” trademark rights, Mr. Posner is currently representing Playboy Enterprises International in connection with its efforts to protect its famous trademark rights against unauthorized uses in the fashion industry.  
  • Mr. Posner represented Samsung in patent and trade-dress matters involving smartphone and tablet computer technology, including in proceedings in the district court and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. 
  • Among a number of successful representations of gaming company Penn National Gaming, Mr. Posner won summary judgment and a subsequent award of attorney’s fees for this client in a breach of contract case involving a large-scale gaming venture in Kansas.  727 F. Supp. 2d 1100 (D. Kan. 2010); affirmed 662 F.3d 1275 (10th Cir. 2011).
  • Georgetown University Law Center
    (J.D., cum laude, 2003)
    American Criminal Law Review, Editor
    Global Law Scholar
    Law Fellow
  • University of California at Berkeley
    (B.A., Development Studies, with honors, 1998)
  • The State Bar of California
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • Third Circuit
    • Ninth Circuit
    • Tenth Circuit
    • Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Courts:
    • Central District of California
    • Eastern District of California
  • Spanish
  • Judicial Clerk for the Honorable George H. King:
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California, 2003-2004