Professor Wilf-Townsend’s research lies primarily in the fields of civil procedure, federal courts, and consumer protection law. He focuses on how the design of legal institutions influences whether and how the law gets converted from words on paper into outcomes in everyday life. At Georgetown, he will teach Civil Procedure as well as a seminar that examines how and why the law intervenes in consumer markets.
Professor Wilf-Townsend’s work has been published in the Harvard Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Yale Law Journal Forum, and Stanford Law Review Online, and has been cited by federal district and circuit courts confronting questions of Article III standing and personal jurisdiction.
Before entering academia, Professor Wilf-Townsend worked as a litigator on public interest cases in state and federal courts at Gupta Wessler PLLC. There, he briefed or argued cases on behalf of consumers, workers, and government entities in class actions and constitutional litigation, including in high-profile or precedent-setting cases such as Ford Motor Company v. Bandemer; District of Columbia & Maryland v. Trump; English v. Trump; and Spokeo v. Robins. His litigation work has encompassed a wide variety of substantive issues, including representing plaintiffs in successful cases brought under the Administrative Procedure Act, Federal Vacancies Reform Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and anti-SLAPP law, as well as in litigation involving state and federal constitutional issues ranging from due process, equal protection, and the First Amendment to legislative quorum requirements and the Emoluments Clauses.
Prior to joining Georgetown, Professor Wilf-Townsend was a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Marsha Berzon on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Jeffrey Meyer on the US District Court for the District of Connecticut. He holds a BA from Yale College and JD from Yale Law School.
"What Consumer Protection Lawyers Do and How to Become One," coverage in U.S. News & World Report, September 14, 2022, featuring Associate Professor Daniel Wilf-Townsend.