William Alden McDaniel, Jr., a partner in Ballard Spahr’s Baltimore office, was honored last week with The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law award. Mr. McDaniel was one of 26 legal professionals recognized at last Thursday’s awards celebration.

Created in 2001, the Leadership in Law Award recognizes lawyers and judges who have made exceptional contributions to the legal world, volunteer in their communities, and who mentor the next generation of legal professionals. The Daily Record’s six-judge panel received more than 100 award nominations this year.

Mr. McDaniel, an accomplished litigator with more than 30 years of experience, has tried cases in federal and state courts and handled appeals in jurisdictions throughout the country. He has significant experience as lead counsel in major civil and criminal litigation matters and is well known for his work representing businesses and individuals in fraud litigation, white collar criminal investigations, and class action cases.

Mr. McDaniel has an active pro bono practice. Since joining the firm, he has provided representation in a civil suit resulting from domestic violence; handled the defense of products liability, toxic tort, fraud, and legal malpractice cases; and represented witnesses in grand jury investigations of municipal corruption. He currently represents a young autistic boy in criminal proceedings and in efforts to obtain appropriate services from his school.

Mr. McDaniel is the President of the Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship Foundation, an organization comprising former clerks of Justice Blackmun nationwide who raise money for law school scholarships. He also works with the Horse Inspired Learning Foundation, which provides victims of trauma with equine-assisted therapy.

Mr. McDaniel is a mentor in the Court of Appeals’ Mentoring Program for New Admittees, meeting with new members of the bar several times a year to discuss various aspects of practice. In addition, he counsels attorneys with substance abuse problems on how to best manage or rebuild their practices while dealing with addiction and the rehabilitation process.

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