Attorney Profile:

Michael C. Daniel

Michael C. Daniel: Attorney with Prior, Daniel & Wiltshire, LLC

Biography

MICHAEL C. DANIEL is a Legion of Merit recipient and Top 1% rated business litigator. Mr. Daniel was born in Macon, Georgia, in 1958. He graduated from Mount De Sales High School in 1977. He received his BA from Mercer University in 1981 and a JD degree from the University of Georgia Law School in December of 1983. He was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1984. He served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force at Eglin Air Force Base from 1984 to 1988. From 1988 to 2004, Mr. Daniel was a member of the Georgia Air National Guard. He served as the Senior Judge Advocate for the Georgia Air National Guard from 1995 to 2004, attaining the rank of Colonel. Upon his retirement from the United States Air Force, Mr. Daniel was awarded the highly prestigious Legion of Merit.

In 1988, he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as an Assistant United States Attorney, in the Office of the United States Attorney, Macon, Georgia. In 1992, Mr. Daniel moved to Athens, Georgia where he began the private practice of law.

Martindale-Hubbell® designates Mr. Daniel as an AV Preeminent Attorney– the highest rating an attorney can receive. He has received an Avvo Rating of Superb with the highest rating in business litigation. He has been recognized by numerous other rating services, including the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as an Attorney in the top 1% of the nation.

Mr. Daniel has served on various prestigious boards during his career, including the Georgia Technical College Board, the Athens Chamber of Commerce Board, the Board of Directors for Athens Regional Health Plan Select and the Board of Trustees for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators.

Mr. Daniel has litigated cases for over 30 years in both State and Federal Courts in Georgia and throughout the Southeastern United States. His practice areas are:



Business Litigation
Government Litigation
Probate Litigation & Will Contest
Employment Litigation

National Bench Bar Committee, Middle District of Georgia Representative 2002-2007

Awarded Legion of Merit by the President of the United States in 2004

The President, under regulations to be prescribed by him, may award a decoration called the “Legion of Merit”, having suitable appurtenances and devices and not more than four degrees, to any member of the armed forces of the United States or of any friendly foreign nation who, after September 8, 1939, has distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in performing outstanding services. 10 USC § 1121

Mr. Daniel was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service as the Senior Judge Advocate for the State of Georgia from 1995-2004. Mr. Daniel retired from the Georgia Guard with the rank of Colonel in 2004.

Other noteworthy recipients of the award are: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chuck Yeager, George Patton, John McCain, Norman Schwarzkopf, Wesley Clark, William Westmoreland, and Dean Rusk.

Areas of Practice (14)

  • Health Care
  • Probate Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Business Dissolutions
  • Business Litigation
  • Local Government Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Contested Trusts and Estates
  • Estate Litigation
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Trust Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate Litigation
  • Civil RICO

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
Mailing Address:
Athens Office, 490 North Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30601
University Attended:
Mercer University, Summa Cum Laude, 1981
Law School Attended:
University of Georgia, J.D., 1983
Admission:
1984, Georgia; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
Memberships:
State Bar of Georgia admitted 1984, Western Circuit Bar Association 1998-Present
Military:
Served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force at Eglin Air Force Base from 1984 to 1988. From 1988 to 2004, Mr. Daniel was a member of the Georgia Air National Guard. He served as the Senior Judge Advocate for the Georgia Air National Guard from 1995 to 2004, attaining the rank of Colonel. Upon his retirement from the United States Air Force, Mr. Daniel was awarded the highly prestigious Legion of Merit.
Special Agencies:
U.S. Department of Justice, 1988-1992.
In 1988, appointed by President Ronald Reagan as an Assistant United States Attorney, in the Office of the United States Attorney, Macon, Georgia. In 1992, Mr. Daniel moved to Athens, Georgia where he began the private practice of law.
Reported Cases:
REPRESENTATIVE CASES(1)

Employment

EEOC v. Pizza…, The United State District Court, M.D. of Georgia. Represented a Pizza business against a charge of sexual harassment against a supervisor. Obtained a successful result with the District Court dismissing the case on summary judgment.

Larosa v.GP, The United States District Court, M.D. of Georgia. Represented GP concerning an age discrimination claim. Following a five day trial the jury returned a defense verdict.

Pittman v. U…of Georgia Corporation, The United States District Court, M.D. of Georgia. Served as counsel for U… of Georgia Corporation in a race and sex discrimination claim.

Lloyd v. … … Health Systems, The United States District Court, M.D. of Georgia & the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Represented ABHS concerning a race discrimination claim. The Court dismissed the claim on summary judgment. The Court's decision was sustained on appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Colbert v. … … Health Systems, The United States District Court, M.D. of Georgia. Represented ABHS concerning a race discrimination claim. The Court dismissed the claim on summary judgment. The Court's decision was sustained on appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Turner v. Secretary of the Air Force, The United States District Court, N.D. of Florida. Served as Co-counsel, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, defending the Department of the Air Force in a Class Action lawsuit involving 200 present and former minority employees at Elgin Air Force Base. The primary case was settled through the establishment of a complaint system governed by a consent judgment. The consent judgment allowed the class members to by-pass the EEOC on claims of individual discrimination and have cases heard by the District Court. In addition to representing the Air Force on the main case, served as lead counsel on three individual cases which were tried to verdict and co-counsel on six cases that were tried to verdict.

Representation has been provided to numerous companies in EEOC investigations where suit was not filed.

Government

U.S. v. City of Monroe, The Supreme Court of the United States. Defended the City of Monroe in a case brought under the Voting Rights Act by the United States Department of Justice. Justice Department contended the voting system for the city's Mayor violated the act. Lead counsel on appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The United States Supreme Court reversed the District Court and declared the City of Monroe's voting practice complied with the Voting Rights Act.

Denson v. Daniels, Superior Court of Clarke County, Georgia. Represented the Mayor of Athens Clarke County in a recall petition filed to remove the Mayor. Successfully defended the Mayor against the recall and recovered attorney's fees against the recall applicant.

Thomas v. Williams, Superior Court of Madison County, Georgia. Represented a Member of the Madison County Commission in a recall petition filed to remove the Commissioner. Successfully defended the Commissioner against recall and recovered attorney's fees against the recall applicant.

Adams v. Layson & Yon, Superior Court of Putnam County, Georgia. Represented Steve Layson, Chairman of the Putnam County Board of Commissioners, and Sylbie Yon, Commissioner, concerning a defamation suit. The case was settled by the County's carrier for nuisance value. The case was favorably settled.

Elder v. Barrow County Commission, Superior Court of Barrow County, Georgia. Represented the Chairman of the Barrow County Commission in a dispute with the Commission over duties of the Chairman. A favorable ruling was obtained.

In re … … Towers, Superior Court of Clarke County, Georgia. Represented a regional tower company to enforce their right to erect a cell tower. Successfully argued that the Federal Telecommunications Act pre-empted local zoning ordinances.

Education

Professional Association of Georgia Educators. Has served as Regional Counsel for PAGE for approximately 15 years. In this capacity, representation of Educators at all levels has been provided with a primary focus on K-12. Representation has been provided to approximately 300 Educators before various School Boards under the Georgia Fair Dismissal Act and Local and State Grievance Procedures. Routinely handle Educator proceedings initiated by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Intellectual Property

Andritz v. S… Maintenance Company, The United States District Court, M.D. of Georgia. Represented an area manufacturer against an international company on allegations of misappropriations of trade secrets and copyright infringement. The case was successfully negotiated to a favorable settlement.

Cannon v. G…, The United States District Court, M.D. of Georgia. Represented an international company on allegations of misappropriations of trade secrets and copyright, and alleged violation of the Federal Computer Privacy Act. The case was successfully negotiated to a favorable settlement.

Herstal v. … Armory, The United States District Court, M.D. of Georgia. Serving as local counsel for a regional Armory on allegations of patent infringement. The case is pending.

Other Complex Litigation

Lay Brothers, Inc. v … Food Stores, Inc., The Georgia Court of Appeals. Represented client before the Georgia Court of Appeals on an underground storage tank and breach of lease claim. Successfully appealed adverse verdict on the issue of proof required for damages. The Georgia Court of Appeals rendered a decision in favor of client establishing new law on the issue of proof required for damages.

Puckett v. R..M.., Inc., The United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Represented client, a pet pharmaceutical manufacturing company, on a defective product claim. The case attempted to certify a national class alleging defective product. Mr. Daniel was successful in defeating certification of the class and having the claims dismissed through summary judgment.

In re: Avondale Shipyards, Circuit Court for the Orleans Parrish, New Orleans, La. Served as co-counsel for client in two trials arising from alleged injuries received by employees and former employees of Avondale Shipyards as a result of exposure to asbestos dust. Each action involved ten Plaintiffs and up to twenty Defendants. Each trial lasted approximately four weeks. In each case the client received a defense verdict.
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(1) While Mr. Daniel's clients have authorized the use of the information from these representative cases, due to the fact that this document may be subject to release under the Georgia Open Records Act, certain client's identities may be obscured.

ISLN:
908028762

Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 17 reviews
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Judge on 01/21/13 in Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 01/16/13 in Litigation

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    Top-notch legal counsel

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 01/02/13 in Defense Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Government Counsel on 12/31/12 in General Practice

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 12/19/12 in Education Law

    Mr. Daniel is an outstanding lawyer in all phases of law practice. He is a person of high integrity and is highly respected by clients, members of the Bar, and Judges. Read more

    Mr. Daniel is an outstanding lawyer in all phases of law practice. He is a person of high integrity and is highly respected by clients, members of the Bar, and Judges.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 12/19/12 in Business Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 12/17/12 in Commercial Litigation

    Michael and I have worked on several cases as counsel for co-defendants. His legal acumen and insightfulness are first rate. I highly endore Michael for an AV rating. Read more

    Michael and I have worked on several cases as counsel for co-defendants. His legal acumen and insightfulness are first rate. I highly endore Michael for an AV rating.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 12/17/12 in Employment Law

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 12/17/12 in Litigation

    Excellent lawyer; man of character and integrity. Read more

    Excellent lawyer; man of character and integrity.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 12/16/12 in Education Law

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