Daniel J. Stuart

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(412) 338-3992
  • Business Disputes & Litigation
  • Trust Litigation
  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Strategic Corporate Counseling
  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2009
  • Penn State University, Global and Strategic Business Management with highest distinction, 2006

The Order of the Coif

  • The Honorable Richard J. Leon, United States District Court, District of Columbia
  • The Honorable Ellen S. Huvelle, United States District Court, District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Pennsylvania

Daniel Stuart provides effective and efficient strategic advice. He is prepared and pragmatic, and offers clear, timely, and prudent counsel. He can mobilize on a moment’s notice, and his sole focus is on obtaining the best result for his clients.

Dan concentrates his practice on helping individuals and businesses solve problems. His areas of practice include commercial litigation, trust litigation, real estate and land use, corporate counseling, contract negotiation and drafting, and employment disputes. Some of Dan’s most recent accomplishments include:

- Successful representation of hospital network and South Hills residents in opposing development of a new hospital on residentially-zoned property;

- Favorable settlement of claims on behalf of Hollywood film producers against distribution company arising from breach of distribution agreement;

- Full coverage for insured in personal injury matter alleging bad faith against insurance company;

- Full dismissal of class action complaint alleging unfair trade practices, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment against a regional grocery store chain;

- Favorable resolution on behalf of insurer in dispute over high-level executive’s non-compete and non-solicitation agreement.

In the case of the John E. and Sue M. Jackson Charitable Trust, Dan successfully argued and obtained an important precedential decision from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania holding that courts and trustees have a duty to determine and consider donor intent before making distributions from a charitable trust. Opposed by both a large national bank and the Pennsylvania Attorney General, Dan successfully argued that courts cannot order distributions from a charitable trust without taking evidence on donor intent. The Superior Court decision is a strong precedent governing the proper administration of charitable trusts, and it provides important protection for family trustees against corporate trustees that refuse to honor the family's charitable wishes.

Dan has represented clients in the sports and entertainment, retail, fashion, technology, consumer products, national defense, and energy industries. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court, including contract disputes, intellectual property litigation, advertising disputes, and corporate restructuring. Dan also handles employment matters, with particular experience in executive compensation, restrictive covenants, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

Prior to joining Marcus & Shapira in 2015, Dan worked for prestigious multinational law firms in Washington, D.C. and New York City.

Dan served as an Adjunct Professor of Scholarly Writing at The George Washington University Law School, and has also worked for The Honorable Richard J. Leon and The Honorable Ellen S. Huvelle of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Dan was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and earned a Global and Strategic Business Management degree from Penn State University. Dan graduated Order of the Coif from The George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review and Moot Court Board. Dan lives in Shadyside with his wife Lindsay and his dog, a Boston Terrier named JoJo.