Daniyal M. Habib

Special Counsel


Daniyal Habib is special counsel and a litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Daniyal is located in the firm’s San Francisco office where he is a member of the Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice.

Daniyal has experience in litigation, intellectual property and business contracts. He has significant writing and client communication experience as a lead attorney on high volume caseloads.. He has experience in writing successful appellate briefs, summary judgment motions and other litigation motions in Indiana state and federal courts and have advised clients directly on legal strategy, settlement and investigations. He has devised strategies that are legally sound, practical and consistent with client needs.

Prior to joining Foley, Daniyal was an Assistant Corporation Counsel and Assistant City Prosecutor at the Office of Corporation Counsel for the City of Indianapolis where he managed complex civil litigation. He prepared complaints, answers, discovery, motions and briefs through trial courts, the Indiana Court of Appeals, Indiana Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for Southern District of Indiana. He has represented government agencies in depositions, hearings, settlement conferences, trials, and mediations in state and federal court. He rendered advice to governmental agencies, officials and employees with regard to litigation and settlement of lawsuits. He has offered advisory legal opinions particularly with regard to litigation or potential litigation and has negotiated settlement agreements based on valuation of case through examination of potential liability and damages.

Daniyal has experience in preparing trademark applications for small business clients including relevant clearance searches, due diligence and research on the TESS system. He filed applications and obtained successful registration of trademarks without USPTO refusal, and counseled clients on the feasibility and strength of various potential trademarks in consideration and selected the mark with high probability of registration and unique abstract strength.

While obtaining his J.D., he worked as a law clerk at CMG Worldwide, Inc., where he investigated potential trademark and right of publicity infringements online and drafted trademark and right of publicity infringement cases and desist letters. He further analyzed copyright contracts on file and communicated with potential copyright licensees regarding scope of use. He also gathered royalty provisions, licensing fees, territory, field of use and duration terms to draft license agreements.


  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (J.D., 2017)
    • Merit scholarship
    • Member, Intellectual Property Student Association, Equal Justice Works and Hispanic Law Society
    • Participant, Robert H. Stanton Intramural Moot Court Competition
  • Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (B.A., 2013)
    • Major: arts; minor: religious studies
    • Department of Journalism Dean’s List
    • Member, Pakistani Student Association and Muslim Student Association 


  • Urdu (fluent)
  • Spanish (conversational)

Professional Membership

  • S. Jay Plager Intellectual Property American Inn of Court


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