Daniel A. Armstrong focuses on general business litigation, commercial property and real estate disputes, banking disputes, insurance litigation and other complex civil litigation. Daniel has handled a broad array of legal issues including class action defense, import tariff classification, coordination with government regulators and consulting agencies to secure federal and state permits, vessel arrests under the Supplemental Admiralty Rules and contract review for corporate acquisitions. He has achieved landmark victories in trial and appellate courts from California to Alaska and has handled matters in courts from Hawaii to New York on pro hac vice admissions.
Daniel handles all aspects of litigation from early demand and dispute resolution to mediation, arbitration and trial. He places paramount importance on the interests of his clients with a strong emphasis on client communications. Daniel endeavors to resolve disputes efficiently and expediently, but if an equitable settlement cannot be reached, he will not hesitate to push cases through trial and has spent countless hours arguing his clients’ positions in the courtroom.
Daniel graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering at Arizona State University, attaining admission to ASU’s Barrett Honors College. While at ASU, Daniel summered as an intern in the Arizona State Senate, assisting Republican Senator Barbara Leff and the Commerce and Economic Development Committee by summarizing and analyzing proposed legislation for Senate members and public hearings.
Daniel’s college career was put on hold when his Marine Corps reserve unit was activated for Operation Iraqi Freedom in late 2002. In early 2003, he deployed to Iraq with Charlie Company, 4th MLG, 6th ESB, and served from Kuwait to Baghdad until his tour and enlistment contract ended before returning home to finish college.
After receiving his bachelors’ degree, Daniel attended Georgetown University Law Center. During his time there he performed as a research assistant to Professor Maxwell Bloche of Georgetown’s O’Neill Institute as well as to the Harrison Institute for Public Law. As a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Division of the Barristers Counsel he participated in the William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong. He also externed in the chambers of Judge Mendez of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.
Following graduation from Georgetown in 2009, Daniel moved back to Southern California where he took an associate position with a local law firm handling defense litigation for a national financial institution. His case load grew as large as twenty cases at a time, for which he handled all aspects of casework and obtained invaluable experience as a litigator.
In June of 2020, Daniel tried a case in the Western District of Washington at Seattle as first chair trial counsel for Truist Bank. He successfully secured a judgment of over one million dollars for breach of a preferred ship mortgage and obtained an award of attorneys’ fees in the approximate amount of two hundred and thirty thousand dollars.
Education & Certificates
- Georgetown University, Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
- Arizona State University, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, Barrett Honors College, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude
- Mesa Community College, Associate Degree, graduation with honors
Admitted to Practice
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
- The Demise of Short Sale Deficiencies On Residential Loans In California
- CMBA’s California Mortgage Finance News, Summer 2013
- The Deceased Borrower Minefield
- CMBA’s California Mortgage Finance News, Winter 2014 Issue
- Navigating the Unmarked Hazards for Marine Lenders in Non-Judicial Foreclosure of Preferred Ship Mortgages
- What Duties Does A Marine Lender Owe In The Care of A Repossessed Vessel Under UCC §9-207?
- What Duties Does A Marine Lender Owe In The Sale Of A Repossessed Vessel Under UCC §9-610?