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Dan L. Bagatell



Chair, Federal Circuit Patent Appeals Practice

Dan Bagatell spends most of his time on post-trial and appellate matters, focusing on disputes involving complex technology and complicated statutes.  Dan chairs the firm’s Federal Circuit patent appellate practice, and he regularly briefs and argues cases in appellate courts around the country.  Dan also writes and edits critical trial court papers such as Markman briefs, summary judgment motions, oppositions to class certification, motions for judgment as a matter of law and new trial motions.  In addition, clients often enlist Dan to work on special projects such as amicus briefs, case analyses and white papers.  Dan works closely with lawyers in offices and practices throughout Perkins Coie, and he enjoys teaming with lawyers at other firms as well.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star in Appellate Litigation
  • Listed in Benchmark Appellate's Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as an Appellate Litigation Star for the 9th Circuit
  • Named Best Lawyers' Copyright Law- Phoenix, Lawyer of the Year" 2015
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 - Present: Appellate Practice; Copyright Law 
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell  
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • American Bar Association
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, Finance Committee Member
  • Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, Board Member 
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association

Related Employment

  • Arizona State University. Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Faculty Adjunct, Fall 1998 and Spring 2000 (taught advanced legal writing and civil motion practice)
  • Office of the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice, Law Clerk, 1992 - 1993


  • Hon. Edward R. Becker, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1991 - 1992


  • Stanford Law School, J.D., with distinction, Order of the Coif, 1991
    Article Editor, Stanford Law Review
  • Yale University, B.A., Economics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1986

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California