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Michael C. Daniel

Government and Government Officials

Prior, Daniel & Wiltshire takes great pride in representing both the governmental entities that serve us all and individuals employed in governmental positions.

Partner Michael C. Daniel has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors of governmental representation. Mr. Daniel has represented numerous public and private clients who have faced issues arising out of government related matters. This experience includes representation in administrative actions, actions concerning sanctions, forfeiture proceedings, and defense of professional licenses. Mr. Daniel’s representation offered concerning governmental matters includes but is not limited to the following:

Administrative Actions

Having served as an Assistant United States Attorney for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and as the Senior Judge Advocate for the Georgia Air National Guard, Mr. Daniel has a unique understanding of the processes and strategies that the Government uses in pursuing administrative actions. Even though he chose to leave government practice and make himself available to represent individuals, he regularly interacts with personnel from the United States Department of Justice and the Office of the Attorney General of Georgia. As a product of his experience and relationships, Mr. Daniel is a leader in the area of representing businesses in defense of administrative forfeiture actions.

Representation of Government Officials

Mr. Daniel has extensive experience in representing government officials in matters where a conflict of interest exists with the governmental entity’s assigned counsel. Mr. Daniel has successfully represented Mayors and County Commissioners in electoral recall actions. He has also represented Sheriffs and County Commissioners in conflicts with other governing bodies.

Ordinance and Zoning Compliance

Mr. Daniel has also represented clients in matters relating to zoning and compliance with local and State ordinances,. His experience includes representation on compliance issues with building, environmental, and labor standards. Mr. Daniel offers both consultation on issues up front and defense of actions against individuals instituted by governmental entities.

Environmental Investigations and Sanctions

Businesses and individuals facing investigations and sanctions by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division can rely on Mr. Daniel to guide them through the strenuous process of review. Often times these actions can take years to resolve, but Mr. Daniel’s experience allows him to effectively manage these issues to ensure clients receive the best representation and save money at the same time.

Defending Professional Licenses

Defending the licenses of individuals before licensure boards and other regulatory boards is a large part of Prior, Daniel & Wiltshire’s governmental practice. The firm defends educators, nurses, physicians and others who are under investigation or facing sanctions from licensing bodies. Prior, Daniel & Wiltshire understands the seriousness of these proceedings and the affect loss of a license or certification can have on one’s livelihood.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Employers know that OSHA investigations are like lightning strikes. You cannot predict when they are happening, but when they do happen it is quick and the results can be devastating.  Michael Daniel’s experience allows him to interpret and react to OSHA investigations quickly and work towards resolutions that avoid hefty fines and unnecessary alterations to workplace productivity.

Defense of Sanctions Proposed by Healthcare Regulatory Agencies

Prior, Daniel & Wiltshire not only help healthcare entities create policies and plans to ensure compliance with healthcare laws and regulations. The firm also defends against investigations and sanctions when compliance with healthcare laws has failed. Prior, Daniel & Wiltshire’s experience offers clients the best defense when faced with threats of sanctions from healthcare regulatory agencies.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Inquiries

Michael C. Daniel’s extensive history of representing governmental clients and private businesses during Equal Opportunity Employment Commission inquiries makes Prior, Daniel & Wiltshire the right choice for anyone facing an EEOC investigation.

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“Michael Daniel represented me on a wrongful seizure of $940,313 of my company’s working capital by the Internal Revenue Service. He was able to get an expedited hearing before the Federal Court and obtain the return of all but $50,000.00 of the proceeds. His skill and expertise was critical in saving my business.” — Andrew Clyde, CEO at Clyde Armory, Inc., Athens, Georgia

“Having the choice of any attorney in Athens, I chose Michael Daniel.”  — Nancy Denson, Mayor of Athens

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