Areas of Practice
  • UCLA School of Law, J.D., 1998, Editor-in-Chief, UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, 1997 - 1998
  • Swarthmore College, B.A., 1992
Bar & Court Admissions
  • California

Danielle F. Fern

Corporate Counsel
633 West Fifth Street
Suite 700
Los Angeles CA 90071
TEL: +1 213 439 9415
FAX: +1 213 439 9599

Danielle F. Fern focuses her practice on a broad spectrum of business and commercial transactions, intellectual property transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and franchise law matters.

Prior to joining Steptoe, Ms. Fern was deputy general counsel at City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute.  At City of Hope, Ms. Fern handled a wide variety of matters relating to the institution’s research operations and marketing activities, including intellectual property license agreements, collaboration and consortium agreements, material transfer agreements, and sponsored research and clinical trial agreements.

Previously, Ms. Fern was an attorney at a prominent Los Angeles law firm, where her practice spanned a wide range of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and general corporate governance.

Representative Matters

  • Represented founder and sole shareholder of a corporation in the construction industry in the sale of stock to a strategic buyer.
  • Represented the majority shareholder in the sale of stock in a large forging company to a strategic buyer.
  • Provided advice and review of franchise law matters in connection with client's acquisition of a large franchise company.
  • Negotiated and drafted various license and distribution agreements relating to consumer products, proprietary educational curricula, photography, and print publications.
  • Negotiated a stem cell research consortium agreement with five major research institutions.
  • Represented a private equity firm in its acquisition and subsequent sale of three fixed base operations (i.e., private airport facilities for corporate jets and other private planes).  Assisted the firm in its ongoing operation and management of limited liability companies formed to hold its acquisitions prior to subsequent sale.
  • Represented a Japanese manufacturer in forming a joint venture with a US company that is the exclusive licensee and distributor of certain name brand consumer products in the US.
  • Provided counsel to a large healthcare company on general corporate matters, including restructuring of subsidiaries, preparation of annual and special board and shareholder resolutions and amendments to charter documents.
  • Represented a public utility in its acquisition of a partially-constructed, 1,000 Megawatt power plant.

Select News & Events

Selected Publications

  • The Crafting of the National Low-Emission Vehicle Program: A Private Contract Theory of Public Rulemaking
    Volume 16, Page 227
    1997, UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy

Professional Affiliations

  • Intellectual Property Section Licensing Committee, California Bar Association
  • Franchise Law Committee, California Bar Association