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Daniel O’Neil is an experienced dispute resolution and litigation lawyer who pursues creative solutions to resolve complicated issues in professional malpractice, catastrophic injury, and other disputes.

He has worked extensively with clients who are facing their first, dreaded interaction with the legal system and he works diligently to explain what to expect and analyzes the options for moving forward in an easy-to-understand way. No matter what type of dispute or how complex it may be, Daniel advises clients with an eye toward early and efficient resolution.


Background

Before joining Thompson Coe, Daniel served as Texas house counsel for one of the nation’s leading specialized P&C insurers which included several claims involving fatalities. Prior to that, he served in the Products, Pharma, Medical, and Mass Tort Disputes group in one of the world’s largest international law firms as well as a nationally acclaimed litigation boutique defending aviation and maritime catastrophic incidents.

After earning his J.D., Daniel continued his formal education in the law earning a Master of Laws (Legum Magister) in Tax Law. The quantitative and analytical skills developed in the specialized program—including an externship in the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel, Large Business & International Division—have assisted clients in tax controversy & litigation disputes with state taxing authorities and the Internal Revenue Service as well as in representing tax professionals directly in other disputes.

Representative Experience

Defending Fortune 500 electric and gas utility in a variety of lawsuits involving personal injury, property damage, breach of contract, and other claims.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a utility in a personal injury lawsuit involving cows allegedly on the roadway during a morning commute.

Through effective litigation and offering $0 at mediation, obtained a complete nonsuit from Pro Se Plaintiff on behalf of utility in a property damage lawsuit ten minutes before jury selection began in what would have been a first-chair trial.

Through effective litigation and Plaintiff storming out of mediation, obtained a complete nonsuit from Plaintiff the night before the pretrial conference (well past the statute of limitations to refile) on behalf of a natural gas service technician shockingly alleged to have “run over” a pedestrian in the street with a Ford F-550 truck.

Assisted in research and formulating a novel argument for financial services industry client in seven-figure damages arbitration.

Through effective litigation, settled a high-exposure legal malpractice claim at mediation for less than had been offered to the Claimant as a pre-suit offer.

Sustained $2.1M business credit for pharmaceutical industry client in tax controversy & litigation.

Assisted numerous pro bono clients with deathbed Wills in hospitals, service as an annual volunteer with HBA’s Will-A-Thon, assisted numerous U.S. veterans with unique estate planning needs through Houston Volunteer Lawyers, and volunteered to help numerous families in the Third and Fifth Wards replace estate planning documents lost or destroyed in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a residential real estate broker and realtor in a professional liability claim asserting fraud in a real estate transaction, negligent supervision, breach of fiduciary duty, and violations of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Professional Recognition

Texas Bar Foundation

Fellow

Houston Young Lawyers Foundation

Fellow

HYLA Leadership Academy

Graduate

HYLA

President’s Award Winner for Outstanding Committee Co-Chair

City of Houston

Daniel O’Neil Day Proclamation

Houston Bar Foundation

Outstanding Small Firm Contribution Award to the Houston Volunteer Lawyers

Houston Volunteer Lawyers

Designated as Probate Master

Related Services

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Education, Admissions & Activities

Education

University of Houston Law Center

LL.M., 2011
Staff, Houston Business and Tax Law Journal

South Texas College of Law

J.D., 2010
Phi Delta Phi
Pro Bono Honors Program Certificate
CALI Awards in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law and Texas Marital Property

Southern Methodist University

B.A., 2007
Golden Key International Honor Society
National Ethics Traveling Team

Bar Admissions

Texas

2010

Court Admissions

Supreme Court of the United States

United States Tax Court

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

United States District Court of Texas

Northern, Southern

Pro Hac Vice

Northern District of Florida

Professional and Community Activities

Houston Young Lawyers Association

Director, 2020-2022; CLE Committee Chair, 2019-2022; Spanish Class Committee Chair, 2020-2021

Houston Young Lawyers Foundation

Trustee, 2021-2023; Chair of the Poker Tournament Charity Event, 2021-2023

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Evergreen Young Professional Member

University of Houston Alumni Association

Life Member

Meals on Wheels, Houston Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House

Volunteer

College of the State Bar of Texas

State Bar of Texas

Pro Bono College

Mortar Board Honor Society