Daniel JT McKenna

Partner He / Him / His

Daniel JT McKenna is Practice Co-Leader of the firm's Consumer Financial Services Group. He devotes his practice to privacy and data security, consumer financial services, and mortgage banking litigation.

Dan's privacy practice focuses on new product and process design, privacy impact assessments and audits, privacy management and policy, incident planning, incident response and notification, third-party and vendor management, privacy counseling, regulatory comments, and litigation. His clients include banks, loan service providers, health care providers, manufacturers, colleges and universities, and member organizations.


Representative Matters

  • Assisted major university with data incident response plan
  • Assisted a national member organization in coordinating and managing response and audit requirements for a significant data incident
  • Assisted multiple entities in understanding responsibilities and coordinating response with respect to large health care data incident
  • Successfully negotiated vendor contracts for a large company to impose responsibilities for research and repair associated with a volume member data incident upon appropriate vendors

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Dan is the president of the Wills for Heroes Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides estate-planning documents for veterans, first responders and emergency personnel. Ballard Spahr has joined him in this effort by naming Wills for Heroes as the firm's public service project.

Dan was honored with the American Inns of Court's 2013 Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Professional Service for his work with Wills for Heroes.

Judicial Internships

Hon. Joseph E. Irenas, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2003-2004

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Consumer Financial Services, Vice Chair of Programming, 2016-present

Temple American Inn of Court, Membership Chair

American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, former Executive Committee member

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Legal 500 US, finance - financial services: regulatory, 2017

Benchmark Litigation, "Future Star," Litigation, 2018-2022; Under 40 Hot List, 2016

The Pennsylvania Bar Association's Verdina Showell Pro-Bono Award, 2015

The Legal Intelligencer's 2014 Lawyers on the Fast Track

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "TCPA Developments and Compliance Challengers," Mortgage Bankers Association's Regulatory Compliance Conference 2019, Washington, D.C., September 24, 2019

Co-author, "Eighth Circuit Rules Against Telemarketing Company on TCPA Claim, Yet Declares $1.6 Billion in Statutory Damages Unconstitutional," Ballard Spahr alert, July 23, 2019

Co-author, "SCOTUS Decision in Unsolicited Fax Case Could Have Broader TCPA Implications," Ballard Spahr alert, November 15, 2018

Board Memberships & Community Service

Wills for Heroes Foundation, President

Clarifi (nonprofit that assists consumers struggling with debt and provides financial literacy programs to help them gain control of their finances)

Temple Law Alumni Association, former Executive Committee member

Variety: The Children's Charity, Young Variety Division, former Executive Committee member



Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2004)
Symposium Editor, The Political and Civil Rights Law Review; published major symposium, "Vision and Revision: The Fourteenth Amendment;" Member, National Trial Team (Regional Champion, 2004); President, Student Bar Association

The Catholic University of America (B.A., cum laude, 1999)


New Jersey


U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania