Washington and Lee University School of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2004
Furman University, B.A., History and Political Science, cum laude, 2001
South Carolina, 2004
North Carolina, 2006
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
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, 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, 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 enjoys educating professional groups about legal issues confronting various professions. He has made multiple presentations to professional organizations serving coaches, athletic trainers, 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 S.C. Defense Trial Attorneys Association, where he serves on the Board of Directors, the Defense Research Institute, and the Aviation Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.
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 Board of the Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America, serving as Chair of the Daniel Morgan District, and he has been honored with the BSA’s Silver Beaver Award for outstanding service to Scouting. Dan also serves as Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 22 in Spartanburg.
Dan resides with his wife, Amanda, and their three children in Spartanburg, and is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he serves as Lay Leader. Dan also serves as a Certified Lay Servant 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.
South Carolina Bar Association, Construction 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)
Defense Research Institute
Sports Lawyers Association
“The State of Our State’s Affidavit of Merit Statute” – South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association, July 24, 2020, Virtual.
“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.
“Due Process Hearings in Special Education” – National Business Institute, June 26, 2018, Columbia, South Carolina.
“The Economic Loss Doctrine: A State-by-State Analysis” – Schinnerer’s 57th Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys, May 25, 2018, New Orleans, LA.
“Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the Rambo Litigator” – National Business Institute, February 13, 2018, Greenville, SC.
“Design Litigation, The Claims Process, and Coverages” – ICMI Seminar (with Karen McCabe), December 8, 2016
“Risk Mitigation and the Claims Process” – AIA Regional Conference in Savannah, GA, September 28, 2016
“Legal Issues Facing Geotechnical Engineers” – SC Engineering Conference, June 12, 2015, Myrtle Beach, SC.
“Hot Button Legal Issues for South Carolina Design Professionals,” ACEC-SC/SCSPE Winter Meeting, February 25, 2015, Columbia, SC
Course Faculty, “Advanced Trial Tactics,” National Business Institute, November 21, 2014, Greenville, South Carolina.
Course Faculty, “Understanding AIA Contracts,” Lorman Education Services, August 15, 2014, Greenville, South Carolina.
Course Faculty, “May It Please the Court: Effective Case Presentation at Trial,” National Business Institute, February 19, 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 – NorthEast, January 30, 2010, Concord, North Carolina.
“Oh No, Now What: Addressing Catastrophic Athletic Injuries,” North Carolina Coaches Association Injury Management Workshop, July 22, 2009, Greensboro, 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.