Harold T. Daniel Jr. is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Atlanta office and practices in the firm's Litigation Section. In more than 30 years of practice, he has routinely dealt with complex factual and legal issues involving antitrust, securities, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), business torts and commercial law.

Representative Engagements

  • Represented the Special Litigation Committee of a national engineering firm in shareholder derivative action
  • Defended the manufacturer of GPS devices in a jury trial against a major distributor
  • Defended major law firms for alleged violations of federal securities laws and in litigation against the law firms for attorney's fees
  • Served as an expert witness on the subject of attorney's fees
  • Served as special master by appointment of Supreme Court of Georgia; see In The Matter Of Denise L. Majette, 757 S.E.2d 114 (GA. 2014) 
  • Obtained favorable rulings on motions for summary judgment and settlement on very favorable terms for our client, a public British corporation, which was sued by a public U.S. corporation for fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, promissory estoppel, and breach of contract in connection with an acquisition; the litigation also included a counterclaim under federal and state securities laws
  • Defended a manufacturing company in a seven-week jury trial of a predatory pricing antitrust case; won total victory on appeal to Eleventh Circuit
  • Represented an engineering company in a nine-week jury trial against former officers and directors for breaches of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of corporate opportunities and tortious interference with business relationships; successful verdict affirmed on appeal to state's highest court
  • After a jury trial of three-plus months, obtained a multimillion-dollar securities fraud verdict in favor of the former owners of a major carpet company based on the sale of the company; the judgment was affirmed on appeal
  • Defended a multinational manufacturing corporation in a two-month jury trial in federal court in a business fraud case involving formation of a joint venture with a Japanese company; represented the client on appeal to the Eleventh Circuit and obtained a total victory with $250,000 in costs awarded against the plaintiffs
  • Represented multinational manufacturing company in a three-week jury trial in federal court in Texas against former employee and vendor for unfair competition and fraud; obtained multimillion-dollar verdict including punitive damages and attorney's fees; represented client in appeal to Fifth Circuit, where judgment was affirmed
  • Represented multinational reseller of computer products in a jury trial in federal court for alleged RICO violations against entities which had illegally obtained and used confidential pricing and customer information; obtained verdict, which was trebled, plus $2 million in punitive damages and $1 million in attorney's fees; represented client in the Eleventh Circuit where judgment was affirmed in full
  • Represented bank and four mutual funds in a two-week jury trial in state court in Florida where our clients were sued under various limited liability theories; obtained favorable jury verdict and denial of equitable relief, both of which were affirmed on appeal
  • Defended public telecommunications company in class action securities trial litigation in federal court; settled on very favorable terms for our client
  • Defended a multinational manufacturing company in a two-week jury trial in federal court for alleged environmental contamination and claims for injunctive relief; after a nominal award of damages, injunctive relief was denied in full, and there was no appeal
  • Represented recreational van conversion manufacturer in federal court jury trial against its principal lender for violation of banking regulations and other laws; obtained jury verdict in client's favor, including award of punitive damages; settled after trial on very favorable terms for our client


  • Emory University School of Law, J.D.
  • Emory University, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Georgia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, General Commercial Panel, Banking, Accounting and Financial Services Panel
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary, 2000-2003; Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements, 1996-1999; Commission on Separation of Powers and Judicial Independence, 1996-1997
  • State Bar of Georgia, Past President, 1994-1995; Distinguished Service Award, 2001
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Inc., Past President, 1983-1984
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court, Master Barrister
  • Union Internationale des Avocats, Conferee in Budapest, Hungary, 2016; Porto, Portugal, 2018 
  • Leadership Atlanta, 1998
  • United Way of Atlanta, Former Campaign Cabinet Member
  • Georgia Legal Services Foundation, Trustee
  • Atlanta Girls' School, Former Trustee and Board Chair
  • The Children's School, Former Trustee
  • All Saints-Saint Luke's Episcopal Home for the Retired, Inc., Trustee and President, 2008-Present
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Vestry
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation; Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2001-2019
  • Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, 2004-2019
  • Georgia Legal Services Program, Former Board Member and President, 1998-2001; Champion of Justice Award, 2016 
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Leading 500 Litigators in America, Lawdragon, 2006
  • Eagle Scout; Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award, Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 2007
  • Community Service Award, The Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., 1996
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, 2019