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Bart Daniel

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Liberty Center
151 Meeting Street
Suite 600
Charleston, SC 29401
Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
bart.daniel@nelsonmullins.com
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Bart Daniel is a first-chair veteran trial lawyer and is past president for the National Association of Former United States Attorneys. His practice focuses on both complex commercial and white collar litigation, along with government and internal investigations. He has prosecuted and defended at trial, complex civil and criminal cases involving securities fraud, antitrust violations, U.S....

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Bart Daniel is a first-chair veteran trial lawyer and is past president for the National Association of Former United States Attorneys. His practice focuses on both complex commercial and white collar litigation, along with government and internal investigations. He has prosecuted and defended at trial, complex civil and criminal cases involving securities fraud, antitrust violations, U.S. Customs fraud, and healthcare fraud, as well as cases involving bank fraud, government contracting fraud, and tax crimes.

The co-chair of the Firm’s white collar crime defense and government investigations team, he has served as special counsel to the governor of South Carolina, conducting an internal investigation into allegations of public corruption and influence peddling in state government. He also served as lead counsel for the S.C. House of Representatives before a three-judge federal panel in a trial involving reapportionment and the drawing of district lines. He also was appointed special counsel by the S.C. Securities Division to handle a complex security fraud matter with national implications.

Nominated by President George H.W. Bush, Mr. Daniel was confirmed and served as U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina from 1989 to 1992. During his tenure, he served as lead prosecutor during Operation Lost Trust, a federal investigation that resulted in the conviction of 17 members of the S.C. General Assembly, seven lobbyists, and three others for bribery, extortion, or drug use.

Customs fraud, and healthcare fraud, as well as cases involving bank fraud, government contracting fraud, and tax crimes.

The co-chair of the Firm’s white collar crime defense and government investigations team, he has served as special counsel to the governor of South Carolina, conducting an internal investigation into allegations of public corruption and influence peddling in state government. He also served as lead counsel for the S.C. House of Representatives before a three-judge federal panel in a trial involving reapportionment and the drawing of district lines. He also was appointed special counsel by the S.C. Securities Division to handle a complex security fraud matter with national implications.

Nominated by President George H.W. Bush, Mr. Daniel was confirmed and served as U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina from 1989 to 1992. During his tenure, he served as lead prosecutor during Operation Lost Trust, a federal investigation that resulted in the conviction of 17 members of the S.C. General Assembly, seven lobbyists, and three others for bribery, extortion, or drug use.

Bart Daniel is a first-chair veteran trial lawyer and is past president for the National Association of Former United States Attorneys. His practice focuses on both complex commercial and white collar litigation, along with government and internal investigations. He has prosecuted and defended at trial, complex civil and criminal cases involving securities fraud, antitrust violations, U.S.... Customs fraud, and healthcare fraud, as well as cases involving bank fraud, government contracting fraud, and tax crimes.

The co-chair of the Firm’s white collar crime defense and government investigations team, he has served as special counsel to the governor of South Carolina, conducting an internal investigation into allegations of public corruption and influence peddling in state government. He also served as lead counsel for the S.C. House of Representatives before a three-judge federal panel in a trial involving reapportionment and the drawing of district lines. He also was appointed special counsel by the S.C. Securities Division to handle a complex security fraud matter with national implications.

Nominated by President George H.W. Bush, Mr. Daniel was confirmed and served as U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina from 1989 to 1992. During his tenure, he served as lead prosecutor during Operation Lost Trust, a federal investigation that resulted in the conviction of 17 members of the S.C. General Assembly, seven lobbyists, and three others for bribery, extortion, or drug use.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

  • Lead attorney in a securities fraud trial defending Revolutions Medical Corp. CEO Rondald Wheet, who faced a maximum sentence of 80 years imprisonment if convicted. Secured unanimous jury verdict of not guilty on all three counts of securities fraud and false filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Defended the first federal criminal healthcare case to go to trial in South Carolina
  • Has both prosecuted and defended False Claim Act or "whistleblower" actions in U.S. District Court
  • Successfully represented a nationwide telecommunications provider in a public corruption probe
  • Prosecuted the first federal criminal environmental case to go to trial in South Carolina

Previous Professional Experience

  • E. Bart Daniel law firm (1992-2017)
  • U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina (1989-1992)
  • Private practice (1985-1989)
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting the False Claims Act, fraud, securities, customs violations and more (1982-1985)
  • Assistant State Attorney General, Economic Crime Unit (1980-1982)

Certifications

  • Circuit Court Mediator, S.C. Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD (1980)
  • The Citadel, BA (1977)

Admissions

  • South Carolina

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  • Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor
  • Citadel Alumnus of the Year (1991)
  • James Petigru Compleat Lawyer Award for Professional Excellence, University of South Carolina
  • Presented the United States Attorney's Flag Award by U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburg (highest award given to any United States Attorney)
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms (E. Bart Daniel law firm) – Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Government Relations (2010-2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America® Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Government Relations Practice (2008-2019)
    • Lawyer of the Year, SC Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2015, 2019)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers (Criminal Defense: White Collar [Primary Practice Area] 50%); Antitrust Litigation (30%); Business Litigation (20%) (2009-2019)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Rated (1986)
  • Permanent member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • James L. Petigru American Inn of Court
  • Board member, S.C. Federal Bar Association
  • Executive Board, The Citadel Alumni Association (1993-1996)
  • Former member, The Citadel Board of Visitors
  • Past chair, Salvation Army Advisory Board and Capital Campaign
  • Past President, National Association of Former United States Attorneys
  • United States Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, member and past chairman
  • Former president, Charleston County Bar (1994-1995)
  • Former chair, Charleston County Bar’s Judicial Center
  • Former chair, Charleston Historic Courthouse Committee
  • Former chair, Finance Committee on the Commission on Higher Education
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