Dan Philyaw joined Beasley Allen’s Personal Injury and Products Liability Section in October 2018 and works in the firm’s Atlanta office. He represents injured individuals and their families in a wide range of serious injury cases.
Most recently, Dan, along with Chris Glover, the firm’s Managing Attorney for the Atlanta office, and Rob Register, represented a truck driver injured in accident caused by an improperly secured ladder on a Charter Communications, LLC, truck. Injuries the driver sustained as a result of the accident forced him to endure several surgical procedures. He is also facing a lifetime of pain and will never be able to return to his job as a truck driver. An investigation by the firm’s attorneys revealed that, despite its own published safety policies, Charter failed to properly train its driver in how to secure the ladder to the truck. The Gwinnett County, Georgia, jury awarded Brandon a $2.83 million verdict, sending a message that companies must act responsibly to ensure the safety of their employees as well as to ensure the public is safe on the roadways they share.
Dan was part of the team that recently secured a $151 million verdict for Travaris “Tre” Smith who was left paralyzed after the 1998 Ford Explorer he was riding in crashed and rolled over. The jury agreed with Smith in finding that Ford failed to meet its own safety guidelines for the Explorer’s rollover resistance requirement and attempted to cover up the vehicle’s defective design.
In May 2018, Dan received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law, graduating cum laude. While in law school, Dan was a standout advocate in both moot court and mock trial competitions. Dan won Best Oralist at the 2017 Georgia Intrastate Moot Court Competition and was also named Best Oral Advocate at the 2017 Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition. Additionally, Dan won Georgia Law’s J. Melvin England Mock Trial Tournament in 2016 and finished as runner-up in the J. Ralph Beaird Closing Argument Competition during the same calendar year. Due to these successes, Dan was inducted to the Order of Barristers upon graduation as one of the ten best advocates in his law school class.
Outside of the classroom and the courtroom, he worked as a research assistant to evidence scholar Ronald L. Carlson and studied as a pupil in the Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court. Dan also gained practical experience by serving as a summer clerk for then Judge Charlie Bethel at the Court of Appeals of Georgia and representing survivors of family violence in the law school’s Family Justice Clinic.
Dan received bachelor’s degrees in finance and international studies from the University of Missouri in 2014, graduating magna cum laude and cum laude, respectively. While at Mizzou, Dan served as president of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and VP of Finance & Records for the Interfraternity Council.
Dan is a member of the Georgia State Bar, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice and the American Bar Association.
In his spare time, Dan enjoys writing music and plays guitar, piano, and cello. He is also a long-distance runner and a proud Eagle Scout. Prior to law school, Dan worked for a sports marketing firm and likes watching his SEC teams on game day.