Lecturer in Law
Washington University Law School
Danielle D’Onfro is a Lecturer in Law. She is an expert in the regulation of debt markets and consumer financial services. Her research focuses on the intersection of corporate law, financial markets, and property theory.
Prior to joining Washington University School of Law, Danielle was a senior associate at WilmerHale, where her practice focused on debt markets, insolvency, and regulatory compliance. Danielle has shepherded both large and emerging companies through debt financing and litigated the fraudulent transfer cases that inevitably arise when leveraged companies fail. She has extensive experience advising corporations in compliance matters at all stages of their operations—from multinational financing deals under competing risk regulatory regimes to the policies and procedures required for interacting with consumers in our increasingly complicated regulatory environment. She has also fought regulatory overreach both in negotiations with regulators and in court. On behalf of the Loan Syndicated Trading Association, she helped spearhead the response of the leveraged loan industry to the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11.
Danielle has a B.A., magna cum laude, in classics from Columbia College at Columbia University. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School where she was a research and teaching assistant for then-Professor Elizabeth Warren and an early volunteer for the Congressional Oversight Panel overseeing the Troubled Asset Relief Program. During law school, she also worked for Public Citizen Litigation Group and for the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Before entering private practice, she served as a law clerk for the Hon. Allyson Duncan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.