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Daniel C. Spurlock

Washington, DC Office

Daniel C. Spurlock concentrates in complex commercial litigation, with a focus on real estate, construction, and intracompany disputes among members, partners and joint venturers. Daniel represents commercial development and brokerage firms, landlords, contractors, limited liability companies, and a wide range of other clients in Virginia, the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area, and nationally in state and federal courts and in arbitration. He has significant experience handling all phases of sophisticated, multimillion-dollar cases, including disputes over easements, restrictive covenants and other land use issues; lease violations involving commercial tenants; "squeeze out" claims and other control and profit-sharing issues between co-investors; fiduciary and professional regulation violations; construction defects, hidden conditions and scheduling delays; and the full range of business claims, including breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation, false claims and non-compete/non-solicitation agreements.

Daniel is an aggressive, but flexible, litigator known for his outside-the-box solutions. He seeks to provide his clients with maximum value through creative problem solving. Daniel's approach puts his clients in the best possible position to put an end to litigation through settlement or, when necessary, to proceed to trial.

Daniel is heavily involved in Katten's pro bono practice, regularly representing nonprofits and indigent persons. Among other matters, he defended a DC nonprofit from eviction and damages claims brought by its landlord, which resulted in a dismissal of the landlord's claims; provided legal advice to other area nonprofits on issues relevant to their missions; successfully defended several low-income individuals in eviction actions; and helped obtain asylum in the United States for several deserving applicants. Daniel was awarded the firm's Pro Bono Service Award in 2013.

During law school, Daniel was a senior editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Politics and production editor for the Virginia Law Weekly (awarded American Bar Association's Paper of the Year).

Shown below is a selection of Daniel’s engagements.

  • Multiple representations of major mall developers in disputes with anchor tenants over alleged violations of restrictive covenants; obtained summary judgment in favor of client that dismissed multimillion-dollar claims brought by national grocery chain and won reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and costs.
  • Representation of a leading Washington, DC metropolitan-area developer in a dispute with a national retailer over its attempt to back out of its lease commitment to anchor a new development; leveraged potential claims for breach of lease, business torts and violations of SEC regulations to compel the retailer’s compliance, without resorting to litigation.
  • Representation of a local development company in a dispute with minority investors over control of company and sharing of profits; defended counterclaims and obtained favorable settlement granting client sole ownership of company.
  • Representation of a large real estate developer that owns a landmark property in downtown Washington, DC in its land use dispute with the adjacent property owner, a national development company; obtained trial verdict that adjacent landowner’s proposed construction project would have violated client’s easement rights.
  • Representation of a building owner attempting to modernize and redevelop its building in downtown Washington, DC in a lawsuit with several tenants who sued to halt the redevelopment and recover millions of dollars in alleged lost profits damages; obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims.
  • Representation of the owner of a landmark development in downtown Washington, DC against a condominium association that sued for alleged breaches of reciprocal easement agreement; advise owner with respect to disputes with association that occasionally arise.
  • Representation of a local developer in two litigations with business partner who attempted to force client out of valuable multi-property development joint venture; favorable settlement of cases restored client’s participation in the venture and dismissed counterclaims against client.
  • Representation of a condominium association against an international developer in construction defect and unsafe conditions litigation regarding condominium building.
  • Representation of a prominent national real estate development company in construction litigation against a state agency over the redevelopment of several state buildings and alleged hidden conditions; successfully represented the client with respect to more than $11 million in claims and counterclaims and obtained discovery sanctions award of $90,000 against the state.
  • Representation of a family member over the course of several years in trust and estate litigations over a $50 million estate.


Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Pro Bono Service Award, 2013
Daniel C. Spurlock


  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law
  • BS, The College of William & Mary

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US District Court, District of Maryland


Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Pro Bono Service Award
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