Daniel H. Tran


Dan is a member of the Health Care Department, where he focuses his practice on medical malpractice defense. In addition to his litigation and transaction experience, Dan is also experienced in matters concerning post trial and appellate advocacy. Additionally, Dan has successfully briefed and orally argued complex issues and cases on behalf of nationally recognized health systems and hospitals to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Dan routinely assists and develops cases from inception and throughout trial, handling pleadings, discovery, depositions, motions practice, expert witness matters, and pre-trial litigation of complex legal issues.

Prior to beginning his career as a litigator, Dan completed a judicial clerkship with the Honorable James P. Cullen of the Court of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania, Second Judicial District. In this position, Dan researched, collaborated with the Judge, and drafted opinions on various civil and criminal issues with emphasis on complex medical professional liability matters. Simultaneous to his clerkship, Dan independently served as an arbitrator in civil cases.

Dan has also researched and compiled reports on sub-prime mortgages' effects on investment banks for the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and drafted and revised transactional documents as a legal intern in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP. In addition, he served as a legal intern for the Honorable Arlander Keys, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Honorable J. Curtis Joyner, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and under the Honorable Ann Claire Williams, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. During law school, Dan served on the editorial board of two legal journals.

Significant Representative Matters

As assistant trial counsel, obtained defense verdict following three-week jury trial in wrongful death and survival case involving complex claims/theories medical negligence  in which verdict exposure was over $1 million; appeal followed; as lead appellate counsel, obtained a dismissal of plaintiff's appeal and unanimous appellate court affirmance in a published opinion (2016 PA Super 142) in an issue of first impression regarding waiver for failure to order, pay for, and cite to official transcripts in plaintiff's post-trial brief (Phila Cty 2016).

As assistant trial counsel, obtained pre-trial dismissal of 11 claims against three defendants and then defense verdict following 14 minutes of jury deliberations in three-week jury trial in wrongful death and survival case involving complex claims/theories of medical negligence in which verdict exposure was over $1 million (Phila Cty 2016).

As assistant trial counsel, obtained defense verdict following month-long jury trial in obstetrical negligence case in which plaintiff's demand to settle was $100 million involving allegations of catastrophic birth injuries and testimony from 14 expert witnesses; no appeal followed (Phila Cty 2015).

Principal brief-writer and orator before Federal Court in complex civil lawsuit alleging claims of violations of  federal law and medical malpractice; successfully orally argued on behalf of all defendants for dismissal of case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and successfully argued Federal Court should not exercise supplemental jurisdiction over state law claims; published opinion at 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21118, Civil Action No. 4:14-CV-2393 (U.S. District Ct. Eastern Dist. PA 2015).

Published Works

"Seismic Shift in Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Informed Consent Cases," co-author, Defense Digest

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 2008)
Miami University (B.A., 2005)
Honors & awards
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star
Year joined