Daniel B. Ross | Trial Lawyer
I did my first trial two weeks after I was licensed to practice law, and I was hooked. I have always focused my practice on representing clients in disputes, like those that arise from injuries caused by negligence, losses caused by employers who don’t follow the law, insurance carriers who refuse to pay what is due, or people or companies that just won’t take responsibility for their actions and do the right thing. I also enjoy helping new business owners get their businesses started.
When I was a child growing up in Chicago, and then Longview, Texas, I wanted to be a lawyer. I came to Austin to go to college. I graduated from the University of Texas in 1978, and decided to get into the real world before going to law school. I started a construction company and operated several other successful businesses. After my children were born, I returned to UT to attend law school. After passing the Bar, I worked for other lawyers for a couple of years and then opened my own firm in 1998. I have been in my element ever since.
As an attorney, it is important to me to provide relief to my clients. At one point during my pre-law school career, I had a serious business dispute. I did something I had never done before – I went to see a lawyer. I remember walking into his office feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders and a sense of dread. The lawyer welcomed me and let me know that I was not the only person who had ever been in that situation. He offered several solutions, but what I remember most was the feeling of relief I had after meeting with him.
I want to do the same thing for my clients that that lawyer did for me.
When I’m helping a client, I like to look at the situation and imagine all of the possible scenarios and outcomes. I have the ability to see situations from angles that others may miss, and I believe in finding ways to deal with and get beyond issues that some may see as problems in a client’s case. More than once I have obtained a large recovery for a client whose case other lawyers thought had insurmountable “bad facts” for the client. I enjoy mediation and believe an attorney can achieve a client’s goals through tough negotiation.
I see the law as a way to try to create fairness. That’s what drives me in the often hostile environment of litigation and dispute resolution – the idea that at the end I can help my clients achieve a sense of justice through the work I do.
- University of Texas, B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program with High Honors, May 1978
- University of Texas School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1994
- Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review and member of several trial competition teams representing the University of Texas School of Law
- Admitted to Texas State Bar (1994)
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas
Organizations, Honors and Public Service:
- Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas at Austin
- Sponsor of the “No TXT Zone” public safety campaign with KEYE-TV
- Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
- Million Dollar Advocates (Life Member)
- National Employment Lawyers Association
- Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund
- American Association for Justice
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association
- Travis County Bar Association
- Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association
- ABC News.com
- “America’s Premier Lawyers” as seen in Fortune® Magazine
- ABC Radio “The Law Business Insider”
- The Texas Lawyer
- Democracy Now
- The Nation magazine
- The London Times
- The Guardian (UK newspaper)
- KXAN News, Austin, Texas
- FOX News Austin