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Nicholas A. Danella

Nicholas A. Danella

Partner

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP
Alabama, U.S.A.

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Nick Danella concentrates his practice on high-stakes and appellate litigation throughout the federal and state court systems. In particular, he focuses on legal writing and strategy, motion practice and appeals.

Nick has handled dozens of federal and state court appeals nationwide, most recently in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Texas, Maryland, Maine, and Alabama. Just last year, Nick worked on appeals that resulted in two major victories: the reversal of a $20 million wrongful death judgment in a medical malpractice case, and the reversal of a trial judge’s interpretation of a licensing statute with broad-ranging impact for the financial services industry.

In addition, Nick regularly works as the “appellate counsel at trial,” with responsibility for briefing legal issues, including dispositive motions, Daubert/Frye motions, motions in limine, and in-trial motions and bench briefs. For example, Nick was part of a defense trial team that was engaged in two month-long product liability trials in Pennsylvania state court, each of which resulted in a jury verdict for the defense. He also was part of a defense trial team that was engaged in a two-month False Claims Act trial against the U.S. Department of Justice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, which resulted in judgment as a matter of law for the defense.

Substantively, Nick has handled a broad spectrum of litigation matters, including cases involving commercial issues, the False Claims Act, and contract disputes. He also has experience in antitrust and competition, sports law, federal and state constitutional issues, statutory interpretation, arbitration, tax, admiralty, class actions, bankruptcy, medical malpractice, and product liability. Further, he has provided clients with strategic advice regarding a wide range of business practices.

Nick was named one of the “Top 40 under 40” by the Birmingham Business Journal, and was listed as a “Rising Star” in Appellate by Mid-South Super Lawyers.

Nick joined Bradley after several years of litigation experience at Skadden Arps in New York and Los Angeles. He also served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 2015
  • Tennessee
  • New York, 2013
  • California, 2007

Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California

Education

  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2006, summa cum laude; Executive Issue Editor, Notre Dame Law Review
  • Harvard University, A.B., 2001, cum laude
Areas of Practice
Blogs

Declassified
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

The Declassified blog offers commentary and insights on the latest class action suits, significant class action opinions, relevant changes to laws and rules, and important class action trends. Declassified covers topics ranging from significant Supreme Court and appellate court decisions regarding...

Family Business Advocates
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Bradley’s Family Business Advocates Blog is a resource for family business owners and advisors. All business owners must plan ahead, think strategically and manage risk in order for their businesses to thrive. Family business owners must also manage family dynamics in the business, build...

Patent 213
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Patent law, like most things in life, is subject to change. Changes to patent laws not only impact investment in your existing IP, but directly shape strategies to protect your freedom to operate. The Patent 213 blog provides up-to-date, insightful analysis of the evolution in the written...

Tennessee Appellate Review
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

A successful appeal depends on counsel’s substantive understanding of appellate rules, procedures, and strategies. The Tennessee Appellate Review blog is a resource for commentary and insights on the latest state and federal appellate news. Join the conversation as we analyze decisions from the...

The Law of Order
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Bradley’s The Law of Order blog serves as a general parliamentary procedure resource, providing information about creation and revision of governing documents (constitutions, bylaws, or rules), application of Robert’s Rules of Order and other procedural authorities in a variety of contexts (such as...

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