Laurie Webb Daniel

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Laurie Webb Daniel

Overview

Laurie Webb Daniel is chair of the firm's national Appellate Team and the leader of Holland & Knight's Atlanta Litigation Practice Group. She has appeared in appellate and trial courts nationwide, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Daniel is known for her approach to complex litigation, which combines the skills of an appellate advocate with those of substantive specialists at the start of the case to ensure that legal issues are well positioned for a favorable outcome – whether in the trial court or on appeal. As a result, in addition to handling appeals, Ms. Daniel routinely assists trial lawyers (at outside firms as well as her own) with high stakes litigation. Ms. Daniel has served as a commentator for CNN on Supreme Court arguments and on the faculty of many continuing legal education programs. She has served twice as chair of the American Bar Associations Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs. She also was part of the American Bar Association's "reading group" that vetted the writings of U.S. Supreme Court Nominee, now Justice, Sonia Sotomayor.

Representative Work

Ms. Daniel's appellate representative matters include the following:

  • reversal of a $150 million jury verdict with judgment rendered in favor of client as a matter of law in case alleging defamation and negligence in testing of government contractor's work
  • grant of rehearing en banc and vacating of an Eleventh Circuit panel opinion that imposed substantial sanctions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act; the en banc court held that client was not subject to any sanctions
  • reversal of $30 million jury verdict in personal injury/collision case
  • vacating $32 million jury award on premises liability claim
  • reversal of $8 million jury verdict in medical negligence and advertising case
  • order granting post-trial motions after a $37 million jury verdict was entered against client on a trade secrets claim; district court granted a new trial and dismissed the plaintiff's related $16 million motion for attorney's fees
  • affirmance of summary judgment on behalf of subdivision developer in putative class action brought after live munitions were discovered behind the middle school serving the development, which was built adjacent to a World War II military practice site
  • affirmance of dismissal of RICO claims alleging injuries from CARDS tax shelters
  • reversal of summary judgment dismissing government contractor's trade secrets claims
  • Second Circuit opinion vacating a summary judgment against client based on an international treaty in billion dollar litigation arising out of a massive oil spill
  • vacating ruling of FTC that client's "reverse payment" settlement of patent litigation violated the antitrust laws
  • affirmance of multi-million dollar jury award in favor of client in trade secret case
  • reversal of $5 million jury verdict with judgment rendered in favor of client as a matter of law on predatory pricing claims
  • reversal of $10 million jury verdict with judgment rendered in favor of client as a matter of law on fraud claim arising out of joint venture agreement between heavy equipment manufacturers

Credentials

Education
  • University of Oregon School of Law, J.D.
  • Reed College, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Georgia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • All Appellate Courts in Georgia
  • All Trial Courts in Georgia
Memberships
  • American Law Institute
  • American Bar Association Council of Appellate Lawyers
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association, Amicus Committee
  • State Bar of Georgia Appellate Practice Section, Founding Chair
  • The Georgia Appellate Practice and Educational Resource Center, Executive Committee
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Inc., First Woman President
  • Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2000
  • Supreme Court Historical Society, Board of Trustees
  • United Way of Atlanta, Women's Leadership Council, Charter Member
Honors & Awards
  • Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, 2004-2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation, 2001-2019; Appellate Practice, 2016-2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Atlanta Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year, 2017
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Litigation: General Commercial 2010-2019   
  • Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, Top 100 Lawyers, Top 50 Women Lawyers
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Georgia Legal Elite, Georgia Trend magazine, 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Publications

Speaking Engagements

News