Daniel C. Yates


Danny Yates is a litigator with experience working on complex commercial disputes, class action matters, government investigations, and appeals. Danny is adept at handling civil motions practice, document discovery, and subpoena responses. He has represented clients in state and federal courts in a variety of matters, including breach of contract, antitrust class actions, partnership disputes, and attorney's fees litigation. He also represents pro bono clients in landlord-tenant disputes and has served as court-appointed appellate counsel in civil and criminal cases before the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Prior to joining Venable, Danny worked as a litigation associate at an international law firm in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, where he assisted clients on a variety of civil litigation matters and provided antitrust counseling to corporations and individuals.

Before entering private practice, Danny served as law clerk to the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and to the Honorable Donald W. Lemons, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

During law school, Danny served as a teaching assistant for a first-year legal writing course and completed a judicial internship in the Eastern District of Virginia with the Honorable David J. Novak.



Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented a payment processing company in an expedited Supreme Court of Delaware appeal regarding scope of indemnification obligations
  • Member of defense team representing a poultry producer in class action alleging claims under the Sherman Act. (In re Broiler Chicken Grower Antitrust Litigation, Eastern District of Oklahoma)
  • Secured relief at trial for client in unlawful detainer action in City of Richmond General District Court
  • Represent closely held business in Virginia State Bar arbitration proceedings



  • J.D. magna cum laude William & Mary School of Law 2015
  • B.A. Government and French magna cum laude College of William & Mary 2012
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Clerk Experience

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Virginia


Pro Bono

  • Represents indigent clients in landlord-tenant disputes through Legal Aid.