Daniel Metzger


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Daniel Metzger is a litigator whose practice involves securities, environmental, and bankruptcy litigations, as well as regulatory proceedings focusing on renewable energy.

Daniel represents multiple clients, including a plaintiff in a suit seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in a breach-of-warranty action in the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court, and a client seeking to reclaim property from debtors in a complex bankruptcy action. He helped successfully represent a biotechnology company in obtaining the dismissal of a complex patent infringement suit brought by a multinational pharmaceutical company that sought over $500 million in damages.

In his public interest practice, Daniel represented Cypress Creek Renewables, a leading national solar company, in an appeal against the Montana Public Service Commission for violating federal energy laws and impeding small renewable energy providers from contracting to sell power. He also represents Vote Solar, seeking to promote renewable energy through state regulatory proceedings in Utah. Daniel co-authored the Niskanen Center’s amicus brief to the Third Circuit in In re PennEast Pipeline Company, asserting that federal statutes allowing private parties to bring condemnation actions against states in federal court violate the Eleventh Amendment.

Before becoming an attorney, Daniel earned a master’s degree in natural resource management and worked as a consultant with an agricultural firm advising clients on a wide range of matters including strategy, regulatory compliance, and nutrient management. Daniel earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was the Executive Editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and an Articles Editor on the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review. Daniel served as a law clerk to the Honorable Steven M. Gold of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Daniel is a member of the Federal Bar Council’s First Decade Committee, which organizes social and educational programs of interest to lawyers in their first decade of practice.

Vanderbilt University Law School
(J.D., 2017)
Dean’s List
Grace Wilson Sims Medal in Transnational Law
Grace Wilson Sims Prize for Excellence in Student Writing in Transnational Law

University of Akureyri
(Master of Resource Management, 2013)
Graduate Student Organization: Chairman, 2011–2012
Teaching Assistant, ICZM: Practical Application and Challenges, Summer 2012

Houghton College
(B.A., Philosophy, 2009)
President’s List

Law Clerk to the Hon. Steven M. Gold
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Private Governance Responses to Climate Change: The Case of Global Civil Aviation, 30 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 62 (2018) (co-authored with Professor Michael P. Vandenbergh)

Private Governance Can Increase Shipping’s Efficiency and Reduce Its Impacts, 49 Vand. J. Transnat’l L. 1143 (2016)

State Bar of New York

United States District Court: Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York

United States Court of Appeals: Third Circuit, Ninth Circuit