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Daniel E. Rhynhart

Blank Rome LLP

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Daniel Rhynhart is Chair of Blank Rome’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. He provides legal counsel to clients on a wide range of business issues and handles complex litigation matters in the following areas:
  • contracts
  • fraud
  • trade secrets / unfair competition
  • software and technology
  • intellectual property
  • securities / shareholder actions
  • real estate / construction
  • banking

  • Defeated $70 million breach of contract claim, and won a counterclaim following a five week trial in New York state court.
  • Defeated $170 million software trade secrets lawsuit, and obtained permanent injunction securing client’s intellectual property rights, followed by contempt order for violations of injunction. Action was litigated in three courts, including Pennsylvania state and federal, and California federal court.
  • Fraud action against derivatives trading website - secured verdict in California state court, upheld as a nondischargeable debt in federal bankruptcy proceedings in Texas, affirmed by Texas federal court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and review denied by U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Biotechnology dispute involving virus-based gene delivery - misappropriation of trade secrets - achieved settlement for no money on behalf of defendant after expedited discovery in Pennsylvania federal court.
  • Software implementation and customization dispute between Fortune 500 companies - defeated multi-million dollar claims and obtained minimal verdict following jury trial in state court.
  • Breach of contract and trademark infringement action between manufacturers and distributors of lighting technologies - won $8 million AAA arbitration award, confirmed by federal court.
  • Breach-of-contract, fraud, and RICO action between mortgage company and top agents - defeated $30 million claim and secured $1.6 million counterclaim in AAA arbitration award, confirmed by Pennsylvania federal court.
  • Fraud action by equity fund and holding company against sellers of a transportation logistics company - won $30 million JAMS arbitration award, confirmed by federal court - third largest trial verdict in Pennsylvania that year.
  • Shareholder dispute concerning corporate governance and distribution of profits in US-Mexico joint venture - won $15 million international ICC arbitration award.
  • Software patent infringement action between Fortune 500 and software companies - secured defense verdict in federal court on summary judgment.
  • Real estate title insurance dispute - won jury verdict on behalf of plaintiff in state court followed by successful defense on appeal.
  • Employee non-compete and non-solicitation - obtained a TRO and preliminary injunction in federal court that forced a client’s competitor to cease raiding company employees.
  • Breach of confidentiality and misappropriation of trade secrets - obtained a TRO in federal court that forced a client’s former top officer to cease competing operations and return intellectual property and customer lists.

Mr. Rhynhart serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and as Secretary of the American Red Cross, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter. Mr. Rhynhart was honored by the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania in September, 2012, with its Betty Robinson Award, described as “The Chapter’s highest honor."

Mr. Rhynhart serves as an arbitrator in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County’s Compulsory Arbitration Program.

Mr. Rhynhart was an Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar at Boston University School of Law. He was president of his class at Colgate University and serves as Class Reunion Chair.

Mr. Rhynhart was chosen as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal's "40 Under 40" in 2010 for his commitment to professional excellence and community involvement.

Mr. Rhynhart handles a number of pro bono cases each year on behalf of indigent clients. He was recognized by Blank Rome with its Pro Bono Hero award in 2010, and has been named to the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania’s Pro Bono Roll of Honor in every year since 2006.

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