Litigation is personal in terms of who is advocating on your behalf. But personality does not win at trial. It is about preparation—and finding and presenting the facts in the most persuasive manner possible."
When a company or its leaders are at risk, founding partner Daniel J. Bergeson uses litigation, trials, and the judicial system to advocate for their rights and reputations in lawsuits involving securities, intellectual property, employment, and business law. He focuses on the essential facts to persuade juries, judges, and triers of cases in state and federal courts and arbitration forums in Silicon Valley, Delaware, New York, and other dispute resolution venues nationwide.
Daniel brings more than 35 years of business trial experience to bear in the most contentious and prominent commercial litigation and investigations. His clients have ranged from manufacturers of semiconductors and microprocessors facing bet-the-company threats to a testifying witness in the trial of Frank Quattrone. In addition, he has protected the rights of several Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, such as Sean Parker, Parker Conrad, and Eric Gilmore, during separation from their companies.
Silicon Valley Trial Lawyer
Daniel is immersed in Silicon Valley's unique business, venture capital, and tech ecosystem. He represents companies, founders, entrepreneurs, C-level executives, directors, and special committees in high-stakes litigation and investigations. He has achieved favorable settlements and trial outcomes in sophisticated disputes related to a range of claims, including, among others:
Daniel was named “2020 San Jose Lawyer of the Year for Litigation – Securities” by Best Lawyers. His extensive experience defending companies, directors, and officers in securities claims ranges from preindictment SEC investigations to trials and appeals. Daniel has served as an expert witness on breach of fiduciary duty.
In addition, Daniel was named a 2020 California Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation and consistently receives recognition from Best Lawyers in America, Northern California Super Lawyers and America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators.®
As 2019 President of the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), Northern California Chapter, Daniel helped increase constructive dialogue between the bench and bar and advance the profession.
Daniel founded Bergeson, LLP in 1990, following early career experience in large law firms. Daniel also co-founded two venture capital firms, Ascolta Ventures, LLC and ASI Capital, LLC. He serves on the board of advisors of DOOR, a nonprofit focused on housing affordability, and is an active alumnus of University of Michigan Law School.
Kerrigan Capital, LLC, et al v. David Strohm, et al., No. CIV 534431, San Mateo County Superior Court
The Firm represents several venture funds in a case filed on behalf of a proposed class of common shareholders of a company, alleging claims of breach of fiduciary duty and aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty arising out of the company’s financing rounds.