Dan Bress represents clients in complex litigation matters involving class actions, government fraud, commercial disputes, products liability, securities fraud, and employee benefits. He has been involved in cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States. Representative clients include Honeywell, United Technologies Corporation, BASF, Boeing, Raytheon and Wyndham.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Dan served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Dan has also served as a Lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law and the Columbus School of Law. Dan is originally from Gilroy, California, and is a member of the California and District of Columbia bars.


Thought Leadership


Administrative Reconsideration, 91 Va. L. Rev. 1737 (2005)

Inherent Administrative Reconsideration: Inherently Unfair?, 30 Admin. & Reg. L. News 7 (Spring 2005)


Benchmark Litigation; 2016 Under 40 Hot List, 2017–2019 DC Future Star

DCA Live 2018 Rising Stars of Law (40 under 40)

Law360 2016 Rising Star for Class Actions

The National Law Journal 2017 DC Rising Stars

The Legal 500 U.S. (2012; 2016–2018)

Recognized as a lead attorney for Teva in Corber v. Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals in Kirkland’s 2015 “Appellate Hot List” profile by The National Law Journal

Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Law (Textualism and its Critics)

Lecturer, Columbus School of Law


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008California
  • 2009District of Columbia


  • University of Virginia School of LawJ.D.2005

    Order of the Coif

    Roger and Madeleine Traynor Award

    Editor-in-Chief, Virginia Law Review

  • Harvard CollegeA.B., Governmentmagna cum laude2001