Biography

Dan Dwyer is a trial lawyer with 25 years of experience. He concentrates his practice in business disputes and confidently guides clients to resolutions that align with their business goals.

Currently, Dan is litigation counsel in a diverse slate of suits, one involving a loan facility, another regarding a commercial real estate lease, and a third seeking to recover tuition funds misappropriated from a Massachusetts private school. He is defense counsel for one of Boston’s largest minority-owned construction firms in an action filed by the U.S. Secretary of Labor alleging violation of OSHA’s anti-retaliation statute.

Past engagements include:

  • Trial verdict in defense of four corporate directors sued for $15 million in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Bench trial judgment for commercial lessees in $2 million suit by large North Shore commercial landlord to enforce lease’s automatic extension provision
  • $5 million trial verdict for plaintiff co-founder of Boston internet advertising firm in suit alleging freeze-out by former partners
  • Decisions in favor of former managing directors of Lehman Brothers in four arbitrations filed by Lehman’s bankruptcy trustee to recover signing bonuses
  • Successful settlement, prior to trial, for general contractor of Boston’s Big Dig against its insurer for failure to defend cost-recovery action filed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Trial verdict for Iraq War veteran against Massachusetts Department of Social Services for deprivation of child-visitation rights
  • Bench trial verdict for group of Scituate, Massachusetts homeowners in trespass case against a neighboring gun range
  • Successful settlement for trust beneficiary in suit against national-bank trustee and investment advisory firm

Before attending law school, Dan served for four years as a DEA special agent in New York City. He is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for kayaking among the Boston Harbor Islands, a long-time volunteer in Hingham town government, and an active father of three sons.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School  (J.D., cum laude)
    • Law Review
  • Stonehill College  (B.A., cum laude)

Public Service

  • Six-year Member, Town of Hingham Advisory Committee
  • Chairman, Hingham Whistleblower Committee
  • Volunteer, Archdiocese of Boston Clergy Retirement Trust

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

Court and Other Admissions

  • Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals

Firm Highlights

Blog

Prop 65: Will the “Short-Form” be Short Lived?

Enacted as part of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, Proposition 65 (“Prop 65”) requires businesses with ten or more employees that sell products in the state of California to...

Publication/Podcast

Portland Maine Business Podcast with Tawny Alvarez

On this week's Portland Maine Business Podcast , a podcast with Shelby Turcotte of Shelby Trained, he interviews employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez who shares stories that contributed to shaping her as a...

Event

Global Virtual Legal Project Management Summit

Publication/Podcast

Policies to Guide Employee Conduct and Respond to Misconduct

Scott Connolly, partner in Verrill’s Employment & Labor Group, has authored the chapter “Policies to Guide Employee Conduct and Respond to Misconduct” in MCLE’s book, Drafting Employment Documents in Massachusetts (4th Edition 2021). The...

Blog

Verrill Attorney Gordon Smith Comments on Lawsuit Claiming Ownership of Maine Coastal Property

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended equipment manufacturer in copyright dispute involving firmware for digital subscriber line access multiplexers (“DSLAMs”). Case resolved favorably.

Event

Understanding Your Fiduciary Responsibilities Under ERISA

Employers have long understood the importance of fiduciary compliance with respect to 401(k) plans and other retirement plans subject to ERISA, and most have sound processes and governance structures in place to ensure the...

News

Verrill Welcomes Jeffrey A. Smagula, Experienced Health Care and Life Sciences Attorney, Former Health Plan Compliance Executive

(May 12, 2021) – Verrill is pleased to welcome Jeffrey A. Smagula to the firm’s Boston office as Counsel in its nationally recognized Health Care & Life Sciences Group. Jeff Smagula brings to Verrill...

Matter

Trademark Litigation: Software

Represented trademark owner in litigation with foreign software company. Successfully defeated motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, which was affirmed on appeal. Also successfully defeated summary judgment motion, which resulted in case settling before...

News

Verrill Partner to Lead Firm’s Energy, Telecommunications, and Natural Resources Group

(May 14, 2021) – Verrill is pleased to announce that Jim Cohen has been appointed chair of the firm’s Energy, Telecommunications, and Natural Resources Group. Cohen, a former Mayor of Portland, is a long-time...

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