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C. Daniel Atkinson

C. Daniel Atkinson

Martindale Hubbell preeminent peer rated for highest level of professional excellence                             

Representative Presentations:

  • "Professionalism, Civility and Courtroom Demeanor: Pre-Trial Brief, Pre-Trial Conference, and Pre-Trial Motions," 2023 S.C. Defense Trial Attorneys' Association Trial Academy, May 3, 2023, Greenville, South Carolina.

  • "Issues for Design Professionals: A Panel Discussion," Panel Moderator, 2022 North Carolina/South Carolina Joint Construction Law Conference, sponsored by S.C. Bar Association, December 5, 2022, Charleston, South Carolina.

  • "Attorney-Led Voir Dire: A Panel Discussion Regarding Our Potential Future," Panel Moderator, 2022 S.C. Defense Trial Attorneys' Annual Meeting, November 5, 2022, Amelia Island, Florida.

  • "Tips on Developing Your Practice," Panel Moderator, Emerging Leaders Session, 2022 S.C. Defense Trial Attorneys' Association Summer Meeting, July 22, 2022, Asheville, North Carolina.

  • "A Whole New World: Athletic Training and Emerging Legal Issues," 2022 S.C. Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Symposium, July 14, 2022, Columbia, South Carolina. 

  • "Voir Dire and Jury Selection," 2022 S.C. Defense Trial Attorneys' Association Trial Academy, May 18, 2022, Greenville, South Carolina; 2023 S.C. Defense Trial Attorneys' Association Trial Academy, May 3, 2023.

  • "Legal Issues Facing Mechanical Engineers," ASHRAE Regional Conference,  August 13, 2021, Greenville, South Carolina.

  • "The State of Our State's Affidavit of Merit Statute," SCDTAA Virtual Summer Meeting, July 24, 2020.

  • “Legal Issues in Sports Medicine” – Spartanburg Regional Sports Medicine Institute, October 8, 2018, Spartanburg, South Carolina.

  • “Contract Issues for Physicians” – Spartanburg Regional Family Medicine Residents, September 26, 2018, Spartanburg, South Carolina.

  • “The Economic Loss Doctrine: A State-by-State Analysis” - Schinnerer’s 57th Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys, May 25, 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • “School Law: Social Media and Apps, Cyberbullying, Privacy, and Other Technology Issues” - National Business Institute, December 14, 2017, Columbia, South Carolina.

  • “Design Litigation, The Claims Process, and Coverages” - ICMI Seminar (with Karen McCabe), December 8, 2016, Greenville, South Carolina.

  • “Risk Mitigation and the Claims Process” - AIA Regional Atlantic Conference (with Karen McCabe), September 28, 2016, Savannah, Georgia.

  • “Legal Issues Facing Geotechnical Engineers” - SC Engineering Conference, June 12, 2015, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

  • “Hot Button Legal Issues for South Carolina Design Professionals” - ACEC/SCSPE Winter Meeting, February 25, 2015, Columbia, SC. “Advanced Trial Tactics” - National Business Institute, November 21, 2014, Greenville, South Carolina.

  • “Understanding AIA Contracts” - Lorman Education Services, August 15, 2014, Greenville, South Carolina.

  • “Issues Regarding Discovery of Claims Files” -Piedmont Claims Association, June 7, 2010, Greenville, South Carolina.

  • “Which Way Do I Go?: Legal Issues in Sports Coverage” -21st Annual Cabarrus County Sports Medicine Symposium, Carolinas Medical Center - North East, January 30, 2010, Concord, North Carolina.

  • “You Can’t Handle the Truth: Preparing for the Witness Stand” -North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association Annual Symposium, March 8, 2009, Concord, North Carolina; South Carolina Athletic Trainers Association Annual Symposium, July 10, 2009, Columbia, South Carolina.


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2004
  • Furman University, B.A., History and Political Science, cum laude, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 2004
  • North Carolina, 2006
  • Georgia, 2015

  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

About Dan

Dan Atkinson excels in assisting professionals, businesses, churches, and non-profits with litigation and other legal challenges. He is licensed to practice law in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, and his general litigation practice includes professional liability defense, construction litigation, personal injury defense, insurance litigation, aviation law, business torts, governmental law, and education law. Dan has experience with jury trials, non-jury trials, and arbitration in various forums, and litigates in both federal and state court. Additionally, he defends licensed professionals facing potential sanctions before administrative agencies, advises local governments on legal issues, and advises school districts on administrative matters, including athletic eligibility issues and teacher employment issues. He also works with various construction contractors, FAA repair stations, suppliers and other entities to protect those businesses’ interests in performing work for customers, including assertion of lien and mortgage rights against real property and aircraft.  Dan is proud to serve as Town Attorney for the Town of Lyman, South Carolina, and as General Counsel for the S.C. Athletic Trainers' Association.

Dan enjoys educating professional groups about legal issues confronting various professions. He has made multiple presentations to professional organizations serving coaches, athletic trainers, architects, engineers, and insurance claims professionals. He also is a member of the Construction Law Sections of the South Carolina Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association, the Government Law Section of the South Carolina Bar, the S.C. Defense Trial Attorneys' Association, where he serves on the Board of Directors, the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, the Defense Research Institute, and the Aviation Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. As part of his service to the S.C. Defense Trial Attorneys Association, Dan has served as Executive Editor of "The DefenseLine," SCDTAA's journal and newsletter, and he served as Program Committee Chair for SCDTAA's Fifty-Fifth Annual Meeting.  He served as Chair for the 31st SCDTAA Trial Academy Committee in 2023.

A native of Laurens, South Carolina, Dan is a second-generation Furman graduate. He currently volunteers as legal counsel to the Medical Committee for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star Football Game. He is a member of the Executive Committee and the Executive Board of the Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America, currently serving as Council President and Council Attorney.  He has been honored with the BSA’s Silver Beaver Award for outstanding service to Scouting, as well as the Cross and Flame Award for outstanding service to Scouting and youth in the United Methodist Church. Dan also serves as Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 22 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Spartanburg, and he has previously served as the Chair for the Daniel Morgan District of the Palmetto Council.

Dan resides with his wife, Amanda, and their three children in Spartanburg, and is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he has served as Lay Leader. Dan also serves as a Certified Lay Speaker for the South Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and he has served as Volunteer Coordinator/Chaplain for the Upstate Camp for the Salkehatchie Summer Service Program. Dan is a graduate of Upstate Class XV of the Diversity Leaders Initiative at the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics, Public Leadership, as well as Class 37 of Leadership Spartanburg. He serves on the Advisory Board for the School of Law and Public Services for the Early College and Career Center at Dorman High School.

Significant cases on which Dan has worked include: Endurance American Insurance Co. v. HAT Investments, LLC, 2021 WL 5334331; In re Servotronics, Inc., 2021 WL 1521931 (D.S.C. 2021); Servotronics, Inc. v. Boeing Company, 954 F.3d 209 (4th Cir. 2020); Hampton Hall, LLC v. Chapman Coyle Chapman & Assocs, LLC, 2019 WL 1276073 (D.S.C. 2019); and Randolph M. James, P.C. v. Oconee County Aeronautics Comm'n, 2011 WL 59009939 (S.C. Ct. App. 2011). 

Professional Memberships

  • South Carolina Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Government Law Section (Young Lawyers Division Circuit Representative for the Seventh Judicial Circuit, 2011-2012)
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Construction Law Section)
  • Spartanburg County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association (Board of Directors)
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (Publications Committee)
  • Defense Research Institute (Aviation Law Committee)
  • Georgia Bar Association (Aviation Section)
  • Aviation Insurance Association
  • Propane Gas Defense Association

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