William McDaniel Jr

William Alden McDaniel, Jr.

Senior Counsel

William Alden McDaniel, Jr. has more than 35 years of experience trying cases in federal and state courts and handling appeals in jurisdictions throughout the country. Many of his cases have involved challenging issues of first impression, and almost all involve high stakes and a difficult fight.

Bill has participated in large class action cases, corporate investigations, and other complex civil matters, including corporate disputes, derivative actions, product liability, professional malpractice, and defamation cases. He also represents clients in complex criminal matters, including targets and witnesses before federal and state grand juries. He has successfully handled all manner of disputes before grand juries and in criminal and civil trials, including internet libel, murder, cases involving constitutional issues, mass tort claims, class actions, representation of national political figures, and representation of large law firms in malpractice actions.


Representative Matters

Bill's recent matters include:

  • Represented large national corporations and individuals in asbestos-related matters
  • Served as lead counsel in a complex dispute involving a large estate in probate court in the District of Columbia
  • Represented a well-known university in defending asbestos-related claims

Reported cases in which Bill has acted as primary counsel include:

  • Ziglar v. Abassi, 582 U.S. __, ___ S.Ct. ___ (2017)
  • Turkmen v. Hasty, 808 F.3d 197 (C.A. 2 2015) (on petition for rehearing en banc)
  • Turkmen v. Hasty, 789 F.3d 218 (C.A. 2 2015)

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Bill is actively involved in pro bono litigation and various other pro bono activities, including assisting lawyers and families suffering from substance abuse problems.

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Collins J. Seitz, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1977-1978

Hon. Harry A. Blackmun, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, 1978-1979

Professional Activities

Maryland State Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar

Co-founder and President, Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship Foundation, Inc., a national organization comprised of former clerks of Justice Blackmun who raise money for law school scholarships

Appointed in 1995 by the Governor of Maryland to the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, and reappointed in 1998

Recognition & Accomplishments

Received The Daily Record's 2014 Leadership in Law Award

Speaking Engagements

Bill has taught trial advocacy and civil litigation practice at the University of Virginia School of Law and is a former lecturer on appellate advocacy at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He has written numerous articles and conducted seminars on topics relating to various aspects of civil and criminal trials in federal court.



University of Virginia School of Law (J.D. 1977)
Editor-in-Chief, Virginia Law Review; Member, Order of the Coif

Harvard College (B.A. 1973, magna cum laude)


District of Columbia


U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court