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Daniel Callahan Attorney

Daniel J. Callahan

Founding Partner Daniel Callahan Attorney

Daniel J. Callahan has distinguished himself as one of the top trial attorneys in California, both as an Orange County business attorney and Santa Ana injury attorney, and has repeatedly been recognized by his peers for his incredible accomplishments. Mr. Callahan was the winner of the prestigious OCTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year Award three times, in 2000, 2004, and 2012.

He has been named one of the Top 10 Attorneys in the United States by the National Law Journal. He was voted California Business Trial Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer Magazine. In addition, Mr. Callahan has been named one of the Top 100 trial lawyers by the American Trial Association, featured in the Best Lawyers in America for fourteen years straight, 2005-Present and listed by Super Lawyers as one of The Top 10 Lawyers in Southern California for 2013.

The reason for the accolades is simple: preparation and results. Since founding Callahan & Blaine, Mr. Callahan has won many jury trials and obtained scores of seven and eight-figure settlements on behalf of his clients.

Notable verdicts include a $934,000,000 jury verdict obtained in 2003, after a three-month jury trial in a complex business dispute entitled Beckman Coulter vs. Flextronics. This unanimous verdict was the largest in California in 2003 and remains the largest in Orange County history. Mr. Callahan went on to obtain a $50,000,000 settlement in a road design case against the City of Dana Point. Exclusive of large class actions, this is one of the largest personal injury settlement in United States history. Most recently, after a two-month jury trial, Mr. Callahan obtained a $38 Million settlement on behalf of a class of newspaper delivery drivers against The Orange County Register. This is the highest employment settlement in Orange County’s history. Mr. Callahan is equally skilled in representing defendants. He has secured many total defense verdicts against some of the most respected plaintiff attorneys in the county.

Mr. Callahan grew up in Chicago, Illinois where he went on to receive his BA, magna cum laude, from Western Illinois University in 1976, and graduated with honors from the UC Davis School of Law in 1979, while serving as Editor of the Law Review. He began his career in Hawaii before relocating to Southern California and starting his own firm by opening the doors on St. Patrick’s Day, 1984.

Mr. Callahan has given nationwide seminars on litigation and published multiple articles on litigation strategy and practice. He has been a speaker at multiple continuing education seminars and regularly speaks at the State Bar of California’s annual convention on topics ranging from advanced trial skills to the use of technology in the courtroom. For the past several years, he also has given seminars on jury selection and opening statements at local, state, and national conferences.

Additional Information

  • Won the Largest Jury Verdict in Orange County History – $934 Million.
  • Obtained one of the Highest Personal Injury Settlements in United States History – $50 Million.
  • Obtained the highest Insurance Bad Faith Judgment in Orange County History – $58 Million.
  • Received Commendation Resolution from California Senate, 2014
  • Obtained the Largest Employment Settlement in Orange County History – $38 Million.
  • Named One of the Top 10 Attorneys in the United States by National Law Journal.
  • Voted California Business Trial Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer Magazine.
  • Named One of Top 10 Lawyers in Southern California by Super Lawyers.
  • Consecutive Years (2005 through 2020).
  • Featured in Best Lawyers in America in two separate categories, Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs, for Fourteen

Representative Cases

  • Beckman Coulter vs. Flextronics ($934 Million).
  • Neria v. City of Dana Point ($50 Million).
  • Surgin Surgical v. Farmers ($57 Million).
  • Gonzalez v. Freedom Communications ($38 Million).

Classes/Seminars

  • Frequent Speaker, Trial Skills

Honors and Awards

  • Member of the Board of Directors for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts (2018-present).
  • Member of the Board of the New Majority for Orange County (2017 to present).
  • Received Commendation Resolution from California Legislature Assembly, 2013.
  • Received Commendation Resolution from California Senate, 2014.
  • Presented Angelo Palmeri Award by the Robert A. Banyard Inns of Court, 2010.
  • 2010 Visionary Award presented by Orange Coast College.
  • Winner of the Prestigious OCTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year Award – 2000, 2004 and 2012.
  • Voted California Business Trial Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer Magazine.
  • One of the Top 10 Attorneys in the United States by the National Law Journal.
  • California Business Trial Lawyer of the Year, California Lawyer Magazine.
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2005 to present.
  • Super Lawyers, Named One of The Top 10 Lawyers in Southern California – 2013.
  • Super Lawyers, Named One of The Top 100 Lawyers in Southern California – 2011 to present.
  • Super Lawyers, Named One of The Top 50 Lawyers in Orange County – Since inception.
  • Outstanding Lawyers of America.
  • Million Dollar Club.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Orange County Bar Association.
  • Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section, Chair, 1996.
  • Orange County Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section, Chair, 1993 – 1995.
  • Consumer Attorneys of California.
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers.
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Founding Member.
  • Celtic Bar Association.
  • Robert A. Banyard Inns of Court.
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a Trial Lawyer Honorary Society.