Severson S. Daniel

Daniel S. Severson


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2016
    • Editor-in-Chief, Harvard International Law Journal
  • Harvard University, M.P.P., 2016
  • Bard College, B.A. and B.Mus., 2010


  • Law Clerk, Judge Allyson K. Duncan, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2016-2017


  • 2017, New York
  • 2017, District of Columbia
  • 2020, Supreme Court of the US

Daniel S. Severson litigates complex civil cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the country.  He has represented clients in a dozen certiorari and merits stage appeals at the U.S. Supreme Court and argued cases before two federal courts of appeals.  Daniel successfully reinstated civil rights claims as court-appointed pro bono counsel in Shaw v. Foreman, 59 F.4th 121 (4th Cir. 2023).  

Before joining the firm in 2017, Daniel served as a law clerk to the Honorable Allyson Kay Duncan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief for the Harvard International Law Journal and received the Myer Dana and Etta Dana Scholarship and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Scholarship.  Daniel also holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University and was awarded Harvard University’s Presidential Public Service Fellowship for work at the U.S. Department of Defense.  He has served as a foreign affairs analyst at the U.S. Department of State and a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan.  Daniel graduated from Bard College with degrees in political studies and French horn performance.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • The Encryption Debate in Europe, Jean Perkins Foundation Working Group on National Security, Technology, and Law, Hoover Institution, Aegis Series Paper No. 1702 (Mar. 21, 2017)
  • The Court and the World:  An Interview with Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer, 57 Harv. Int’l L.J. 253 (2016)
  • National Security Reporting Requirements:  Managing the Tension Between Secrecy and Accountability (Bobby R. Inman Award Semifinalist, Robert S. Strauss Center, University of Texas at Austin, 2016)
  • Note, American Surveillance of Non-U.S. Persons:  Why New Privacy Protections Offer Only Cosmetic Change, 56 Harv. Int’l L.J. 465 (2015)
  • Electronic Surveillance:  U.S. and International Laws and Practices That Limit Privacy Protections (paper presented at M.I.T. conference, April 2015)
  • Competing with Korea, Taiwan Bus. Topics, Sept. 2013, at 15,
  • International Scrutiny Helps Taiwan Advance Human Rights, Taiwan Bus. Topics, Aug. 2013, at 35,
  • Taiwan Offers a Model for Advancing Human Rights, East Asia Forum (Aug. 23, 2013),
  • Structural Realism, Power Preponderance, and the Future of Sino-American Relations (senior thesis presented at West Point conference, May 2010)
  • Encryption Legislation Advances in France, Lawfare (Apr. 14, 2016, 9:02 PM),
  • Hollande Abandons Constitutional Amendment, Bolsters Defense, Lawfare (Apr. 8, 2016, 2:18 PM),
  • Taking Stock of the Snoopers’ Charter:  The U.K.’s Investigatory Powers Bill, Lawfare (Mar. 14, 2016, 12:17 PM),
  • The World’s Not Waiting for California:  France Moves to Enforce Decryption, Lawfare (Mar. 7, 2016, 7:00 AM),
  • French Constitutional Council Strikes Down Data Copying During Warrantless Searches, Lawfare (Feb. 23, 2016, 12:29 PM),
  • French Constitutional Amendment on Emergency Powers Moves Forward, Lawfare (Feb. 12, 2016, 10:38 PM),
  • France’s Extended State of Emergency:  What New Powers Did the Government Get?, Lawfare (Nov. 22, 2015, 2:38 PM),
  • State of Emergency:  How the Paris Attacks Expanded France’s Police Powers, Lawfare (Nov. 15, 2015, 8:41 AM),