Danielle McLaughlin is a New York City-based Author, Attorney, and Legal and Political Commentator. Danielle appears frequently on U.S. and international TV  (including Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, TVNZ, and TV3 New Zealand) providing analysis and insight on legal and political questions. Danielle’s legal scholarship is focused on important constitutional issues including the scope of the President’s power, reproductive rights, immigration, LGBT rights, consumer rights, property rights and eminent domain, and the tension between international law and sovereignty.  Danielle co-wrote The Federalist Society: How Conservatives took the Law Back from Liberals which was reviewed favorably by The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Washington Review of Books, and the L.A. Review of Books. This work is of renewed importance in light of Republican control of the Executive, the Senate, a majority of state Governorships and Legislatures, and a conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

Danielle is counsel at the boutique NYC law firm Ford O’Brien LLP, and has practiced law for a decade.  She specializes in white collar defense and complex commercial litigation and has represented clients in state and federal government investigations.  She has also conducted complex commercial litigation and patent litigation for companies in the healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, finance, and securities industries.

Danielle is a #ChampionWomen ambassador, an organization dedicated to constructive debate, pushing back against personal attacks, and encouraging women’s voices to be heard.  Danielle interviewed former Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland for C-Span’s “After Words” in March 2020. Between 2016 and 2019, Danielle wrote a weekly column on U.S. politics for New Zealand’s largest Sunday Newspaper, the Sunday Star-Times.

Danielle holds a Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from Suffolk University Law School in Boston where she was the Editor in Chief of the Journal of High Technology Law, and a degree in Engineering (Hons 2:2) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Danielle clerked for the Hon. William Young in The Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and prior to practicing law, was a consulting engineer in Auckland, New Zealand, and a PR & marketing consultant in London, England and Vail, Colorado.

Danielle is a triathlete and runner, a fan of the All Blacks (obligatory as a native New Zealander…), wife to Brendan, and mum to Olympia and Veronique.

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