Dan Philyaw joined Beasley Allen’s Personal Injury and Products Liability Section in August 2018 and works in the firm’s Atlanta office. He represents injured individuals and their families in a wide range of serious injury cases.
In 2019, Dan worked with two other Beasley Allen attorneys to secure a $2.83 million verdict for their client, who was injured in an accident caused by an improperly secured ladder on a Charter Communications truck. An investigation by the firm’s attorneys revealed that, despite its own published safety policies, Charter failed to properly train its driver on how to secure the ladder to the truck. A Gwinnett County, Georgia jury agreed that companies must act responsibly to ensure the safety of their employees and the public on the roadways they share.
Dan was also part of the team that 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 VP of Finance & Records for the Interfraternity Council and as a Student Ambassador for the Trulaske College of Business.
Dan is a member of the Georgia State Bar, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta Bar Association, American Bar Association and American Association for Justice.
In his spare time, Dan enjoys writing music and plays guitar, piano, and cello. He is also a long-distance runner. Prior to law school, Dan worked for a sports marketing firm and likes watching his SEC teams on game day.