Danny is an experienced, aggressive and solutions oriented trial attorney in complex commercial matters, including matters in highly regulated industries.  He has fought for clients obtaining successful verdicts in disputes concerning closely held businesses, unfair competition, construction, intellectual property and real estate related cases.

Biography – View PDF Bio

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Arkansas, 2007
  • Mississippi, 2006
  • Tennessee, 1997
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Eastern, Middle, Western
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
    • Arkansas: Eastern, Western
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
    • 6th Circuit
    • 8th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®,
    • Commercial Litigation, 2011-2020
    • Banking and Finance Litigation, 2011-2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV® – Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 2009-2017
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2007-2008, 2011-2018
    • Top 50 – Memphis Super Lawyers, 2013-2014
    • Top 100 – Tennessee Super Lawyers, 2013-2014
  • Pro Bono Service Award, Memphis Area Legal Services, 2006
  • Star of the Year Award, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2005, 2007
  • Top 40 Under 40, Memphis Business Journal, 2003
  • President’s Award, Tennessee Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2002
  • Board of Advisors, Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation
  • More...

Education & Honors

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1997
    • Moot Court Board
  • University of Tennessee, B.S., Business Administration, summa cum laude, 1994

Experience

  • Won a complete dismissal of all claims against client in a tortious interference case concerning termination of a dealership. ICM of America, Inc. v. Leica Geosystems, Inc. et al., 4:16-cv- 00160 (E.D. Ark. 2017).
  • Successfully resolved a dispute concerning ownership of a closely held business. Jones v. Murphy, CH-13- 1542 (Shelby County, TN Chancery Court, 2016).
  • Won defense verdict in a trade secrets/breach of confidentiality agreement case in federal court in Houston, TX. Tendeka, Inc. v. Elite Elastomers, Inc., Civil Action No. 4:13-cv-01764 (S.D. TX, 2016).
  • Won commercial arbitration related to breach of commission agreement for sale of apartment complex. Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, Inc. v. Burkhalter-Vestal, LLC, AAA Arbitration, Little Rock, AR, June 2015.
  • Tried bad faith insurance coverage claim to verdict. Lindenberg v. Jackson National Life Insurance Co., Civil Action No. 2:13-cv-02657 JPM (W.D. Tenn., December, 2014).
  • Obtained an arbitration award in favor of our client on alleged breach of warranty claim related to an IPTV system worth hundreds of thousands of dollars including significant claimed consequential damages. Power & Telephone Supply Company v. Dumont Telephone Company, AAA Arbitration, April 2014.  
  • Won defense verdict in Chattanooga, TN construction arbitration. Nixon v. B & W and Rogers Manufacturing Corp., AAA Arbitration. 
  • Won commercial plaintiff’s jury verdict in unfair business practices case in Arkansas. Curtis Lumber Company, Inc. v. Louisiana Pacific Corporation, Civil Action No. 2:08-cv-1007 (E.D. Ark.).
  • Won favorable award in a breach of contract arbitration in San Antonio, TX concerning a hospital lease. HR Acquisition of San Antonio v. Behavioral Health Systems, in private arbitration. 
  • More...

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, “Ethical Issues for In House Counsel,” seminar, November, 2016.
  • Presenter, “Ethical Issues for In House Counsel,” seminar, November, 2015.
  • Presenter, “Corporate Divorce, Disputes Between Business Owners,” seminar, March, 2015.
  • Presenter, “Covenants Not to Compete,” seminar, December 2014.
  • Presenter, “Lessons From Watergate: Ethical Obligations for Lawyers,” presentation, September, 2014.
  • Co-Presenter, "Covenants Not to Compete: Overview and Drafting Tips for Tennessee Attorneys," webinar, August 2013.
  • Author, "Picking Judges: Existing System Has Served Tennesseans Well," Chattanoogan, Sunday, February 19, 2012.
  • Author, "Business Gets a Big Boost in the 2011 Legislative Session," Memphis Business Journal, 2011.
  • Co-Author, "Recession Triggers Increased Risk of Employee Trade Secret Theft," Pointe Innovation, 2011. 
  • More...