E. Danya Perry

Founding Partner

Danya is the first call for high-powered individuals—and for referrals from other attorneys looking after their most highly-valued clients—thanks to her reputation as a tenacious and effective litigator.


Danya is the founding partner of Perry Law. Prior to this undertaking, she spent five years as the Chief of Litigation and Deputy General Counsel at MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated, followed by four years successfully directing a boutique litigation firm. At MacAndrews & Forbes, she managed and advised all aspects of the company’s complex commercial litigation, compliance, and regulatory matters, including in areas of mergers and acquisitions, contract, antitrust, intellectual property, consumer fraud, and employment law. Danya led and coordinated teams of in-house and outside attorneys in the prosecution and defense of all litigation matters. She was responsible for developing, implementing, and enforcing best-in-class compliance programs across the holding company and its operating companies, and she provided guidance to executive management in a broad array of legal and business issues, including in areas of business risk, corporate governance, internal investigations, and best practices.

In 2013, Danya was appointed by the Governor and the Attorney General to serve as Deputy Attorney General for the State of New York and Chief of Investigations for the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. In this role, she led a sweeping investigation into public corruption in New York State, recommended policies for systemic reform, and referred numerous matters for criminal prosecution.

From 2002 to 2013, Danya served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, including as Senior Trial Counsel and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, she investigated, prosecuted, and supervised hundreds of sophisticated white collar cases, including the prosecution of a billion-dollar health care fraud, the largest immigration fraud and tax preparer frauds in the history of the United States, and one of the largest identity theft rings in the United States.

In late 2023, Danya was appointed as a Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panelist for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to serve as appointed counsel to criminal defendants, ensuring they receive due process and zealous representation.

Danya also serves as an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law, where she will teach Professional Responsibility this coming spring. She has previously taught a trial advocacy and prosecution clinic. Early in her career, Danya worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and clerked for a federal district judge in the Southern District of New York.

Danya is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. Nationally recognized as an industry expert, Danya frequently speaks on white collar and enforcement panels and is a regular media commentator, including on MSNBC, CNN, and BBC. Danya has written a number of op-eds and articles, including for the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, the New York Daily News, and Law360. She is a champion sub 3-hour marathoner and a proud single mother of three.

“Danya Perry is my first call. She is a force of nature who is brilliant and relentless. ... She doesn't stop until she wins. She is beloved by clients. Danya is a great trial lawyer.”

“Danya is one of the great lawyers of her generation.”

“I have worked with and across from literally dozens of extremely talented attorneys and, in my opinion, Danya Perry is one of the most gifted attorneys with whom I have had the privilege of working.”

“I believe Danya Perry is an all-round all-star litigator. She deals with courts, clients, co-counsel and opposing counsel with great finesse.”

“She is the smartest person I know. She is an unbelievably brilliant lawyer and very talented.”

“She is indispensable… Danya is very savvy and strategic and works all the angles in order to achieve outcomes.”

“She is great on her feet, tremendous with clients and knows how to adjust her approach to the audience she is dealing with.”

Chambers 2024

Select Awards & Accolades

  • City & State New York Trailblazer in Law (2024)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2024)
  • Crain’s New York Business Notable Women in Law (2023)
  • Crain’s New York Business Notable Women in Law (2022)
  • Chambers, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (New York)
  • Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Star (2022)
  • The National Law Journal Elite Boutique Trailblazer (2022)