Daniel C. Masakayan Associate

Daniel is an associate with the Labor and Employment group with experience in labor and employment counseling and litigation, in the areas of management-side employment and education law. He assists businesses and educational institutions in a variety of employment and regulatory compliance matters.

Daniel regularly represents businesses, higher education institutions and K-12 public and private school boards in navigating employment and regulatory compliance issues.  Daniel assists employers in handling claims under Title VII, Title IX and other federal and state discrimination laws (including the ADA, the ADEA, and state laws) in front of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Education, and other state and federal agencies.   

Daniel is committed to his diverse pro bono practice, in which he has assisted clients with attaining/retaining legal business immigrant, non-immigrant and asylum status and acquiring Social Security disability benefits. Daniel is also active in his community, and has served as a tennis coach in the Virginia Special Olympics. Daniel also serves as a mentor with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) for law students to help foster inclusivity in the profession. Daniel is a member of the Labor & Employment section of the Fairfax Bar Association.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Daniel served as a judicial intern to Hon. Gerald Bruce Lee (Ret.) of the Eastern District of Virginia.

At George Mason School of Law, Daniel was a member of the George Mason Law Review, and Moot Court team. He was also a recipient of the 2018 George Mason University “Marketplace of Ideas” Award Recipient for Passion in Advocacy, and 2017 George Mason Law Review Arthur Schmalz Award for the Best Student Write-On Submission.


Represented corporations and universities in proceedings before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Represented school boards in proceedings before the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).

Prepared numerous memoranda of law for submission to courts, including dispositive motions.

  • Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, JD, cum laude, Member, George Mason Law Review, 2018
  • University of Virginia, BA, Political Philosophy, Policy and Law, Dean's List, 2013

Named to "Pro Bono Service Honor Roll," Virginia Access to Justice Commission, 2022

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Speaker, "Evolving Legal Framework Regarding Transgender Students," National School Board Association, August 9, 2023
  • Instructor, "Constitutional and Statutory Issues in K-12," Virginia CLE, August 8, 2023
  • Panelist, "Managing Legal Compliance Risks with Hybrid and Remote Employees," NACUA, June 29, 2023
  • Speaker, "Transgender Students’ Rights & Title IX," Virginia Association of School Superintendents, April 24, 2023
  • Speaker, K-12 Employment Issues, March 15, 2023
  • Speaker, Western Virginia Public Education Consortium 5th Annual School Administrator Hot Topics Conference, June 21, 2022
  • Speaker, Virginia Workplace Marijuana Laws and Navigating Human Rights Policy Changes, Webinar, September 17, 2021
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