Charles M. McDaniel, Jr.

Partner / Atlanta

Charles M. McDaniel, Jr. is Chair of the Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation practice group.  Charlie is an “AV Preeminent” rated lawyer, has over 25 years of experience advising insurers in the management of risk through representation in complex coverage and bad faith litigation, involving both first party and third party insurance policies.  He prosecutes and defends insurance coverage and bad faith disputes involving a wide range of policies including first party property, commercial liability, professional liability, directors and officers, employment practices liability, excess and umbrella; he regularly addresses matters involving fraud and arson, coverage exclusions, number of occurrences, trigger and scope of coverage, allocation, property valuation and damages, other insurance provisions and various policy endorsements.  This area of practice includes coverage analysis for claims arising from breaches of data security.

In addition to his comprehensive coverage practice, Charlie maintains a complex litigation defense practice involving personal injury and business litigation.  The personal injury defense practice focuses on catastrophic bodily injury and wrongful death cases arising out of transportation collisions, including trucking litigation and highway design and defects, construction and negligent or inadequate premises security arising out of criminal attacks and sexual assaults.  The business litigation centers on data management and security and addresses breach of contract disputes, as well as various business torts, including claims of nuisance and trespass.

Charlie combines and utilizes his knowledge and experience in insurance coverage and third party defense practices to counsel and advise insurers in favorably resolving multi-party, complex tort and construction litigation.

His representation extends throughout the Southeast, as he has successfully resolved disputes in Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee, as well as Georgia.  He is admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the 3rd and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeals and the District Courts of Georgia, Northern and Middle, and New Jersey.

Charlie is an author and lecturer on various insurance coverage and litigation defense topics for clients and various industry based organizations, including NBI’s “Understanding Current CGL Policy in Georgia”, Lorman’s “Litigating the Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claim” and the Georgia Bar’s “31st Annual Insurance Law Institute”.

He previously served on the Editorial Board of the CGL Reporter, and is currently working with Case Finders; these publications offer comprehensive case summaries, published bi-monthly, by the International Risk Management Institute, Inc.  He summarizes cases involving professional liability, employers practices liability, commercial property and liability, and umbrella/excess liability cases.