A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1986) and a former attorney at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Legal Adviser, Daniel Wolf has more than 25 years of experience litigating human rights claims against foreign states.
During the past 15 years, Mr. Wolf has represented over 300 American citizens who were taken hostage by Iraq following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and has won and collected awards for them totaling approximately $240 million. Dan was the original author of the legislation that enabled these American citizens to pursue their hostage-claims against Iraq in U.S. courts in the first place and brought the lawsuit – Hill v. Republic of Iraq – in which Iraq was held liable to 150 of those former hostages. Dan then wrote and successfully advocated for the legislation that enabled these 150 American citizens and their spouses to collect $95 million from blocked Iraqi bank accounts.
After obtaining judgment against Iraq in the Hill case, Dan pursued a second lawsuit– Vine v. Republic of Iraq – in which he represented more than 200 other American citizens who had been taken hostage by Iraq. Owing largely to the tireless efforts of Dan and his team, the U.S. Government entered into negotiations with Iraq that culminated in the $400 million settlement that resolved all of the Saddam-era personal injury claims of U.S. citizens, including those of all the hostages from the Vine case.
Dan subsequently submitted claims for the 200 Vine claimants to the State Department and has obtained awards ranging from $180,000 to $910,000 for each of those claimants. In addition, Dan has represented over 20 of the Vine claimants in their efforts to obtain additional compensation from the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission for the egregious injuries they suffered at the hands of the former Iraqi regime.