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Daniel W. Van Horn Selected for Membership in the American Law Institute

July 27, 2023 | by Butler Snow

Butler Snow LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Daniel W. Van Horn has been selected for membership in the American Law Institute (ALI), a distinct professional honor awarded to individuals who represent the excellence and diversity of today’s legal industry. ALI membership consists of eminent judges, lawyers, and law professors from all areas of the United States and from many foreign countries, selected on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law. Van Horn is one of 61 new members bringing a wide range of expertise and intellectual acumen to the organization’s work. 

“We congratulate Danny on his recent election to serve as a member of the American Law Institute,” said Christopher R. Maddux, chair of Butler Snow. “This distinction is much-deserved and represents his trusted reputation amongst clients and peers in our profession.”

At Butler Snow, Danny Van Horn is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice group and is an experienced trial attorney focusing on a range of 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. Van Horn regularly tries cases and arbitrations in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. He has tried an arbitration or case in 16 states and three foreign countries. Van Horn is known for being a practical problem solver and possessing a keen legal understanding of business objectives when working with clients. 

Van Horn 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, he was named to the Memphis Business Journal’s Best of the Bar. Van Horn has served in leadership roles for the American Bar Association (Chair of the Section of Litigation 2022-2023), the Standing Committee on Membership (Chair 2013-2016) and the Tennessee Bar Association (President 2011-2012).  He has been recognized as a National Outstanding Eagle Scout and previously served as the Chickasaw Council President for the Boy Scouts of America.

He is also a member of the American Law Institute, the Arkansas Bar Association, the Memphis Bar Association, and the Mississippi Bar Association. He was previously a member of the Commission for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession (2019 – 2021).

Danny Van Horn received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and his Juris Doctor from the Vanderbilt University Law School.

The American Law Institute (ALI) is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. For nearly 100 years, ALI has built upon the original mission of its founders, and our recent publications remain as respected and relied upon as our first Restatement. Project drafts must be approved by both ALI’s Council and membership before they are considered the position of the Institute. The membership and Council are a diverse group of lawyers, judges, and academics, and reflect a broad range of specialties and experiences. The Council is ALI’s governing body, which determines projects and activities to be undertaken by the Institute, and, reflecting the Institute, itself, is nonpartisan and independent.