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“Having the choice of any attorney in Athens, I chose Michael Daniel.” Nancy Denson, Mayor of Athens
MICHAEL C. DANIEL is a Partner with Prior, Daniel & Wiltshire, LLC. 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 JD degree from the University of Georgia Law School in December of 1983.
He was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1984 and is a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of Georgia. He served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force at Eglin Air Force Base from 1984 to 1988.
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® with Michael Daniel being awarded an Martindale-Hubbard AV Preeminent – the highest rating an attorney can receive.
“Michael and his Firm provide a tremendous value to our company…” – Mark S. Brickhouse, Executive Director of ActivHealthCare, Inc.
From 1988-2004, 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 1995-2004, attaining the rank of Colonel. Mr. Daniel served as the President of the Middle District of Georgia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in 2003 and has served as the Middle Districts representative on the National Bench Bar Relations Committee since 2000.
He has served on the Middle District of Georgia Arbitration panel and has served as the Chairman of the Middle District Attorney Disciplinary Committee, since 2000. Mr. Daniel was appointed to the Board of the Department of Adult and Technical Education in 2004 by Governor Sonny Perdue, and was named Vice Chairman of the Board in 2005. Mr. Daniel’s practice areas include employment, business, government and probate litigation.
Mr. Daniel married Echo Baker of Gainesville, Georgia in 1984, and they have two children, Ben & Claire. Mr. Daniel enjoys playing tennis and regularly competes in USTA league play. he is very proud of his son Ben, a student in the University of Georgia Honor’s program, and daughter Claire, an Honor student at Prince Avenue High School.
I consider Michael Daniel “…one of the most talented business attorneys in Northeast Georgia…” – J. Drew, Athens Regional Health Services
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Michael C. Daniel
490 N. Milledge Avenue
Athens, GA 30601
Prior, Daniel & Wiltshire, LLC, Athens, Georgia 2005 – Present
Represent clients in litigation matters including Commercial, Employment, Government, Healthcare and Estate Litigation.
Fortson, Bentley & Griffin, PA, Athens, Georgia 1995 – 2005
Practice areas included Insurance Defense, Commercial, Employment, Civil Rights (defense), Healthcare & Estate Litigation.
Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Bryant, PC, Athens, Georgia 1992 – 1995
Primary practice area was Mass Tort Litigation – defense.
Georgia Air National Guard 1988 – 2004
Senior Judge Advocate General
Promoted to the rank of Colonel and served as the Senior Judge Advocate for the Georgia Air National Guard. Additional duties included serving as an Adjunct Instructor for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center as a national instructor on legal issues relating to drug interdiction including claims under 42 USC § 1983.
United States Department of Justice 1988 – 1992
Assistant United States Attorney
Served as an Assistant United States Attorney, responsible for representing the United States of America and its Agencies in lawsuits alleging employment related claims and claims brought pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act. Also pursued claims on behalf of the United States of America under the Asset Forfeiture and False Claims Statutes. As needed, served as prosecutor handling prosecutions involving Federal offenses.
United States Department of the Air Force 1984 – 1988
Served as a Judge Advocate and Deputy Director of the Employment and Labor Law Section, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Eglin Air Force Base Florida. Appointed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Florida, defending the Air Force in a class action brought under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act involving alleged racial discrimination in the employment of civilian employees at Eglin Air Force Base.
University of Georgia School of Law, Juris Doctor 1984
Mercer University, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude 1981
State Bar of Georgia, admitted 1984
Western Circuit Bar Association, 1998 – Present
Federal Bar Association, Middle District of Georgia, President 2002
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia Grievance Committee, Chairman 2002 – 2007
National Bench Bar Committee, Middle District of Georgia Representative 2002 – 2007
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. Carrier – Coregis
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.
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.
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.
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 Golden Pantry Food Stores, Inc., The Georgia Court of Appeals. Represented Golden Pantry 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 Golden Pantry establishing new law on the issue of proof required for damages.
Puckett v. Rhone Merieux, Inc., The United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Represented Rhone Merieux, a pet pharmaceutical manufacturing company, on a defective product claim. The case attempted to certify a national class alleging defective product. The Court refused to certify the class and dismissed the action on summary judgment.
In re: Avondale Shipyards, Circuit Court for the Orleans Parrish, New Orleans, La. Served as co-counsel for Pittsburgh Corning Corporation 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, Pittsburgh Corning Corporation, received a defense verdict.
(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.
Additional Awards & Recognition
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.