Daniel Nardello is the Chairman and CEO of Nardello & Co., which he founded on the principle that smart, experienced people produce intelligent and useful results.
Dan oversees the firm’s global commitments, lending his critical thinking and expertise to complex litigation, fraud, and due diligence matters. He has lived and worked in London and Rome, directing investigative teams in both countries for US and international clients.
After working in private practice at Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, where he represented clients in libel and related matters, criminal investigations, and disciplinary proceedings, Dan served as a federal prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and is an alumnus of that office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. In addition to securities cases, Dan prosecuted organized crime, civil rights, and corruption matters.
After government service, Dan opened and managed the first European office of an international investigative firm, where he focused on providing expert litigation support, global asset tracing, fraud investigations, and complex due diligence services for private clients.
Observing that most investigative firms fell short in responsiveness and lacked creativity in meeting client objectives, Dan resolved to create an exceptional team of former prosecutors, law enforcement officials, professional investigators, forensic accountants, cybersecurity and computer forensic experts, and researchers to remedy this service gap. In 2003, Nardello & Co. opened its doors in London and shortly thereafter in New York. The firm has since expanded to Washington DC, Dubai, Milan, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Among his significant public matters, Dan was appointed by the government of Abu Dhabi as the independent investigator of allegations of abusive labor practices in the construction of New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus. Dan was also named as the independent investigator to resolve issues arising from the settlement agreement between the State of New York and leading tobacco manufacturers.
Dan has written and spoken on, among other topics, US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) investigations, defending corporations from activist attacks, vetting board candidates in the #MeToo era, and conducting defense investigations in white collar cases. Dan also created and teaches a CLE ethics course for lawyers entitled Retaining Private Investigators: Ethical Considerations and Concerns. While in the US Attorney’s office, Dan was an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at Columbia University School of Law.
Dan serves on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for the Homeless, the country’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless families and individuals. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the International Print Center New York, New York’s flagship non-profit arts institution dedicated to the innovative presentation of prints by emerging, established, national, and international artists.
A graduate of Columbia College, Dan received his JD from the New York University School of Law. He is fluent in Italian.