Litigation & Arbitration


Danielle D’Aquila is a Partner in the Firm's Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group. Danielle has extensive experience handling complex financial and commercial litigation matters, as well as patent litigation matters. Danielle represents clients in all aspects of litigation and arbitration matters, from pre-litigation advisory services through trial and appeal in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts, and with the American Arbitration Association. Danielle also has experience handling multidistrict litigations.

Danielle co-chairs the Firm's Women’s Initiative, a collective of Brown Rudnick women attorneys focused on strengthening their internal community and external networks, and assisting one another in the advancement of professional endeavors. Danielle develops programs and networking opportunities for the Firm’s women lawyers.


Representation of numerous institutional investors, including one of the largest insurance companies in Ohio, in state and federal actions against sponsors, underwriters, originators, and trustees of residential mortgage-backed securities for fraud, misrepresentation, breach of contract, and other related state and federal securities law claims, securing multimillion-dollar settlements.

Representation of one of the largest banking and financial services companies in the world, and a German government entity, in numerous litigations against the trustees of residential mortgage-backed securities involving billions of dollars of financial-fraud claims including violations of federal securities law, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligence.

Representation of U.S. government entity in investigative subpoenas and residential mortgage-backed securities actions.

Representation of SunEdison, Inc. and related debtors as special litigation counsel providing in-depth analysis of legal and factual issues relevant to potential causes of actions against its yieldcos, as well as a detailed valuation of such claims, which substantially contributed to SunEdison’s ability to achieve settlement with the yieldcos and successfully emerge from bankruptcy.

Representation of the Japanese Bankruptcy Trustee of the failed global Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, which had been the world’s largest exchange for this digital currency, in connection with litigation related to the company’s Chapter 15 case in Bankruptcy Court in Texas.

Representation of private equity investment firms against a global multi-brand apparel and accessories retailer in a breach of contract, fraud, and fraudulent transfer action arising out of the retailer’s restructuring of billions of dollars of debt.

Representation of a company that develops and sells automotive interface products in its claim of infringement of patents concerning wireless connectivity for audio and multimedia integration systems against the world’s largest automotive manufacturers and suppliers.

Representation of a software company in its claim of infringement of patents concerning software-enabled functionality of location services against some of the world’s largest consumer technology and electronics companies.


St. John’s University School of Law – J.D., magna cum laude, 2012
Hofstra University – B.B.A., magna cum laude, 2009

Bar Admissions

New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Speaking Engagements
Panelist, "Women in Leadership Workshop," St. John's University School of Law Women's Law Society (February 2021)
Professional Memberships
New York City Bar Association