Dan Terzian

Of Counsel
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Dan Terzian

Dan Terzian is a commercial litigator. His practice spans the full range of claims faced and brought by businesses—breach of contract, computer fraud, defamation, false claims, RICO, trade secret misappropriation, and unfair competition.

Dan's victories include winning an unprecedented motion to dismiss computer fraud claims and a $60 million summary judgment motion in an insurance coverage case. He also opposed a motion to compel discovery of certain documents and won—even though the leading treatise said (wrongly, in Dan’s opinion) that the law was against him.

Several years ago, Dan read an article describing a top flight criminal defense lawyer as both a fighter and a scholar. Ever since he’s aspired to nothing less. In that vein, Dan literally wrote the hornbook on the Fifth Amendment and encryption. He has also written on the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. His publications span the Los Angeles Times, American Banker, and the Northwestern University Law Review, among others. His work has been cited or quoted by the Fourth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, the Court of Appeals of Indiana, the Congressional Research Service, The Guardian, American Banker, MIT Technology Review, Ars Technica, U.S. News & World Report, The Verge, and advocacy groups such as the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.


Forced Decryption as a Foregone Conclusion

Dan Terzian for California Law Review | May, 2015 — California Law Review — The argument runs like this. The Fifth Amendment generally bars forced incrimination… Click to read the…



Successfully defended charter jet company against claims of violating the California Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act, convincing the court to dismiss the claims with prejudice.

Successfully defended an individual against claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, convincing the court to dismiss the claims.

Successfully defended a financial institution in a government investigation, convincing the government entity to drop the investigation.

Successfully defended a leading international insurer in an insurance coverage case, extinguishing $60 million of potential liability on summary judgment.

Successfully defended an aerospace manufacturer in a commercial dispute with one of its clients, achieving a favorable settlement at the outset of litigation.

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