​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 breach of contract, closely held businesses, unfair competition, construction, intellectual property and real estate related cases.

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Danny Van Horn is an experienced trial attorney and litigator in complex commercial matters. He has obtained successful verdicts and arbitration awards for clients in unfair business practices, breaches of contract, intellectual property disputes, real estate litigation and insurance coverage cases, as well as disputes concerning closely held and highly regulated businesses.

Danny regularly tries cases and arbitrations in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.  He has tried an arbitration or case in 16 states and three foreign countries.  He is known as a practical problem solver who has a keen sense of a client’s ultimate business objective and keeps that in focus throughout the life of the case.

Danny is AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, and his work has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in Commercial Litigation and Banking and Finance Litigation and Mid-South Super Lawyers®. In 2020, Danny was named to the Memphis Business Journal’s Best of the Bar. He has served in leadership roles for the American Bar Association (Chair of the Section of Litigation 2022-2023) and Tennessee Bar Association (President 2011-2012).  Danny has been recognized as a National Outstanding Eagle Scout.

In 2020, Danny authored an article for Law360: “Tenn. Ruling Has Broad Relevance to Damages Caps in State,” (Law360, March 9, 2020).  He has been a frequent presenter on “Ethics for In House Counsel” and Tennessee law on covenants not to compete, trade secrets, and fiduciary duties.

Danny obtained his J.D. from Vanderbilt University and is admitted to the State Bars of Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Circuits.

Associations

Bar Admissions

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

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®,
    • Commercial Litigation, 2011-2022
    • Banking and Finance Litigation, 2011-2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV® – Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 2009-2021
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2007-2008, 2011-2021
    • Top 50 – Memphis Super Lawyers, 2013-2014
    • Top 100 – Tennessee Super Lawyers, 2013-2014
  • Best of the Bar, Memphis Business Journal, 2020
  • 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
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Education & Honors

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

Experience

  • Successfully won an appeal of an administrative hearing before the Arkansas Insurance Department concerning the meaning and application of Arkansas law to reimbursements for services provided by ambulatory surgery centers.  Freeway Surgery Center et al. v. Commissioner McClain and Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, Number 60CV-21-2725, Pulaski County, AR Circuit Court, December 2021.
  • Obtained an arbitration award in favor of our client for breach of a distributor agreement and purchase and sale agreement for a California medical device distributor.  MicroPort OrthoPedics, Inc. v. Advanced Surgical Devices and William Zurowski, AAA Arbitration Matter Number 01-18-0002-8914.  Memphis, TN.  November 2019.  
  • Tried a commercial breach of lease case to a successful conclusion involving the lease of a movie theater and whether the option to renew the lease had or had not been timely exercised. Malco Stage Road, LLC v. Overton Square, LLC and Loeb Properties, Inc., CH-15-0001-1, Shelby County, TN Chancery Court, 2018  
  • 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.  
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Author, “Tenn. Ruling Has Broad Relevance To Damages Caps In State,” Law360, March 9, 2020.
  • 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.
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