Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts


  • LL.M., Taxation, cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1990
  • J.D., cum laude, Duke University School of Law, 1985
  • B.A., Jurisprudence, with Honors, Christ Church, Oxford University, 1983
  • A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1981
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Daniel F. Danello


Mr. Danello regularly advises clients on transactions that are regulated by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), including futures, swaps, and virtual or crypto-currencies.

Mr. Danello has substantial experience with other derivative contracts used in structured finance and capital markets transactions or involved in counterparty bankruptcy.

As in-house counsel for many years in the financial services industry, Mr. Danello advised senior management on debt and equity issuance, security disclosures, liquidity and cash management, and Federal banking oversight.

He also advised boards of directors on risk management issues, including whistleblower claims, government relations and political contributions, and federal taxation.


  • Advised various clients regarding compliance with CFTC virtual currency regulations
  • Counseled financial and commercial companies regarding margin for uncleared swaps
  • Advised commercial borrowers on adherence with ISDA Dodd-Frank Protocols
  • Represented commercial hedging client in CME examination
  • Represented pension fund in developing financial risk management policies and compliance guidelines for portfolio managers
  • Represented lenders, borrowers, and loan servicers in negotiating swaps and caps related to commercial and real estate finance transactions


Member, Derivatives and Futures Law Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association

Member, Futures and Derivatives Committee, Corporations, Finance & Securities Law Section, District of Columbia Bar

Volunteer Staff, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, Small Business Clinic

Volunteer Staff, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, Probate Resource Center