Under Daniel Girard’s leadership, Girard Sharp has become one of the most respected and experienced class action law firms in the United States. Dan believes that, too often, the U.S. legal system favors companies and financial institutions over ordinary people. He founded the firm to provide individuals who work hard and play by the rules the same focused, dedicated representation enjoyed by corporations, banks, and insurance companies.
Dan is frequently appointed by courts to lead major complex cases. For example, he served as a lead lawyer for securities investors following the collapse of Lehman Brothers and as lead counsel for commodities investors following the failure of the Peregrine Financial Group. In addition, Dan has successfully prosecuted numerous cases for violations of consumer fraud, predatory lending, and unfair competition laws.
Dan’s current case work includes serving as lead counsel in the Woodbridge Investments Litigation, as a member of the leadership team in the USC Student Health Center Litigation, as lead counsel in the United States Office of Personnel Management Data Breach class action, and as lead counsel for the California Teachers’ Retirement System in litigation against Walmart for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Dan’s past and present clients include the California Teachers Retirement System, the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, the American Federation of Government Employees, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, Allianz Life Insurance Company, Nu Skin International Inc., and celebrity photographer Gunter Sachs.
Dan considers it a privilege to serve the federal court system as a volunteer. He was appointed by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to the United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules and served on the Civil Rules Committee from 2004 through 2010. Chief Justice John G. Roberts appointed Dan to the Standing Committee on Practice and Procedure in 2015 and reappointed him to a second term in 2018. Dan’s article, "Limiting Evasive Discovery: A Proposal for Three Cost-Saving Amendments to the Federal Rules", 87 Denver University Law Rev. 473 (2010), proposed several rule amendments that were ultimately adopted in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34(b)(2).
Dan was educated in France as well as the United States and is fluent in French.