Daniel P. Kearney, Jr.


Kearney Jr., Daniel P.

Daniel P. Kearney’s practice focuses on appellate and regulatory litigation, government investigations, and regulatory and policy counseling. He has litigated a variety of cases in the federal district courts, courts of appeals, and the US Supreme Court, including matters concerning copyright law, antitrust law, ERISA, state privacy laws and protections for websites and ISPs under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. His counseling practice encompasses expertise in constitutional law; cybersecurity issues; issues under the Wiretap Act, Pen Register Act and state privacy laws; and national security issues arising in connection with reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In addition, Mr. Kearney has represented financial institutions and other clients in investigations by the Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service and Congress.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kearney served as the special assistant to the Legal Adviser to the US Secretary of State, where he counseled the Legal Adviser on a wide range of national security and international law matters. As an associate at another firm in Washington DC, his practice focused on appellate litigation, white collar matters, mergers and acquisitions, and SEC and corporate governance issues.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Kearney was the producer of the PBS television program Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg.

Honors & Awards

  •  Selected as a "Rising Star" in the 2014 edition of Washington DC Super Lawyers

Publications & News


April 25, 2014

WilmerHale Attorneys Recognized in Annual Washington DC Super Lawyers Listing

The annual edition of the Washington DC Super Lawyers magazine, published by The Washington Post Magazine, released its 2014 listing which includes 37 WilmerHale attorneys.

May 3, 2013

Partners Waxman, Gorelick Among WilmerHale Attorneys to Receive Prestigious DC Rankings in Super Lawyers

The annual edition of the Washington DC Super Lawyers magazine, published by The Washington Post Magazine, listed 34 WilmerHale attorneys in this year’s rankings.

October 25, 2010

New York Court of Appeals Rejects Attempt to Expand Scope of Liability for Professional Service Providers

WilmerHale represents the investment bank defendants.

February 17, 2010

American Aid Worker Freed in Haiti

January 1, 2005

Network Effects and the Emerging Doctrine of Cybertrespass

Written by Daniel P. Kearney, Jr., 23 Yale L. & Pol'y Rev. 313 (2005).

Professional Activities

Mr. Kearney is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the American Council on Germany.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by his peers as a "Rising Star" in the 2013 edition of Washington DC Super Lawyers


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JD, Yale Law School, 2004, Coker Fellow; Notes Editor, The Yale Law Journal

MA, Greek and Latin, Boston College, 1999

AB, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 1996, Certificate in Engineering Management Systems

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia



The Hon. John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, 2005 - 2006

The Hon. John G. Roberts, Jr., US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2004 - 2005