William Alden McDaniel, Jr.

Senior Counsel

Tel 410.528.5502
Fax 410.528.5650

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.

Many of Bill's cases have received national attention. He represented a special assistant to President Clinton and other close political advisers of the President in numerous civil and criminal matters arising from the Whitewater and impeachment investigations. He represented high-ranking officials of the Central Intelligence Agency in the Iran-Contra investigation and related criminal prosecutions, and has represented a number of intelligence officials in various other matters. For the past several years, Bill has represented a former Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization in several interrelated cases in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States, arising out of the apprehension and detention of persons after the attacks on September 11, 2001. That representation has involved extensive and complicated motions practice, wide-ranging and complex discovery, and the preparation and argument of a number of interrelated appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and before that court en banc, raising numerous constitutional issues.

Bill has represented high-ranking government officials during headline-making investigations; shareholders, officers, and directors in corporate governance, fraud, derivative, and takeover cases; major automobile manufacturers in multidistrict RICO litigation and product liability and tort litigation; chemical companies in product liability and tort cases; various companies in a variety of commercial disputes; and pharmaceutical companies involved in nationwide class action litigation.

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
  • Represented a large multi-state bank in defending against conspiracy claims
  • Defended a large national law firm against charges of fraud and misrepresentation
  • Represented other large national law firms in malpractice litigation
  • Represented developers of existing properties seeking to stop overdevelopment of surrounding areas
  • As part of a nationwide litigation team, represented a large pharmaceutical company in products liability litigation pending in various state and federal courts across the country
  • Represented a number of businesses in litigation involving a variety of corporate and securities issues, including securities brokers, shareholder derivative claims, corporate governance disputes, commercial arbitration, and the theft and misappropriation of assets from wealthy elderly clients by fiduciaries and by family members.

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)
  • Turkmen v. Ashcroft, 915 F.Supp.2d 314 (E.D.N.Y. 2013)
  • Cochran v. Griffith Energy Services, Inc., 426 Md. 134, 43 A.3d 999 (2012)
  • Thomas v. Early Warning Services, LLC, 2010 WL 3946399 (D. Md.)
  • White v. Wyeth, 227 W Va. 131, 705 S.E.2d 828 (2010)
  • Thomas v. Early Warning Services, LLC, 2011 WL 1298303 (D. Md.)
  • Turkmen v. Ashcroft, 589 F.3d 542 (C.A. 2 2009)
  • Arar v. Ashcroft, 585 F.3d 559 (C.A. 2 2009) (en banc)
  • In re Crescent City Estates, LLC, 2008 WL 5216243 (D. Md.)
  • Arar v. Ashcroft, 532 F.3d 157 (C.A. 2 2008)
  • Bond v. Blum, 294 Fed. Appx. 70 (C.A. 4 2008), cert. denied, 555 U.S. 1172 (2009)
  • Benz v. Washington Newspaper Publishing Co., 2007 WL 1794104 (D.D.C.)
  • Argiropoulos v. Kopp, 2007 WL 954747 (D. Md.)
  • Bond v. Blum, 2007 WL 5921363 (D. Md.)
  • Bouie v. Rugged Wearhouse, Inc., 2007 WL 430752 (D. Md.)
  • Arar v. Ashcroft, 414 F.Supp.2d 250 (E.D.N.Y. 2006)
  • Turkmen v. Ashcroft, 2006 WL 4483151 (E.D.N.Y.)
  • Kurzberg v. Ashcroft, 2006 WL 3717535 (E.D.N.Y.)
  • Benz v. Washington Newspaper Publishing Co., 34 Media L. Rep. 2368 (D.D.C. 2006)
  • Kurzberg v. Ashcroft, 2006 WL 2738991 (E.D.N.Y.)
  • Benz v. Washington Newspaper Publishing Co., 34 Media L. Rep. 2368 (D.D.C. 2006)
  • Turkmen v. Ashcroft, 2006 WL 2403432 (E.D.N.Y.)
  • Turkmen v. Ashcroft, 2006 WL 2224492 (E.D.N.Y.)
  • Arar v. Ashcroft, 2006 WL 1875375 (E.D.N.Y.)
  • Turkmen v. Ashcroft, 2006 WL 1662663 (E.D.N.Y.)
  • Turkmen v. Ashcroft, 2006 WL 1517743 (E.D.N.Y.)
  • Flowers v. Carville, 161 Fed. Appx. 697 (C.A. 9 2006)
  • Claredi Corp. v. SeeBeyond Technology Corp., 2005 WL 2563184 (E.D. Mo.)
  • Middlebrook v. Anderson, 2005 WL 350578 (N.D. Tex.)
  • Barr v. Clinton, 370 F.3d 1196 (C.A.D.C. 2004)
  • Liban v. Churchey Group, II, L.L.C., 305 F. Supp. 2d 136 (D.D.C. 2004)
  • Arnold v. Intervet, Inc., 305 F.Supp. 2d 548 (D. Md. 2003)
  • Flowers v. Carville, 292 F. Supp. 2d 1225 (D. Nev. 2003)
  • Flowers v. Carville, 266 F. Supp. 2d 1245 (D. Nev. 2003)
  • Flowers v. Carville, 310 F.3d 1118 (C.A. 9 2002)
  • Flowers v. Carville, 112 F.Supp.2d 1202 (D. Nev. 2000)
  • Eastern Shore Markets v. J.D. Associates, L.P., 213 F.3d 175 (C.A. 4 2000)
  • Blumenthal v. Drudge, 186 F.R.D. 236 (D.D.C. 1999)
  • In Re Grand Jury Proceedings, 5 F.Supp. 2d 21 (D.D.C. 1998), aff'd in part and rev'd in part sub nom.
  • In Re Lindsey, 158 F.3d 1263 (C.A.D.C. 1998), cert. denied sub nom.
  • Office of The President v. Office of Independent Counsel, 525 U.S. 996 (1998)
  • Blumenthal v. Drudge, 992 F.Supp. 44 (D.D.C. 1998)
  • United States v. Jacobs, 166 F.3d 335 (C.A. 4 1998)
  • In Re Sealed Case No. 98-3077, 151 F.3d 1059 (C.A.D.C. 1998)
  • United States v. Bryant, 134 F.3d 364 (C.A. 4 1998)
  • Yates v. Hagerstown Lodge 212 Loyal Order Of Moose, 878 F.Supp. 788 (D. Md. 1995)
  • United States v. Lawrence, 46 F.3d 1128, 1995 WL 54015 (C.A. 4 1995)
  • Griva v. Davison, 637 A.2d 830 (D.C. App. 1994)
  • United States v. Clarridge, 811 F.Supp. 697 (D.D.C. 1992)
  • Baltimore Arts Festival, Inc. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, 326 Md. 653, 607 A.2d 1 (1992)
  • United States v. Clines, 958 F.2d 578 (C.A. 4 1992)
  • Zupnick-Rosslyn Limited Partnership v. Teos Realty Development, B.V., 935 F.2d 1289 (C.A. 4 1991)
  • Federal Realty Investments v. Pacific Ins. Co., 760 F.Supp. 533 (D. Md. 1991)
  • United States ex rel. Taxpayers Against Fraud v. Singer Co., 889 F. 2d 1327 (C.A. 4 1989)
  • Perini Corp. v. Perini Constr. Co., Inc., 715 F.Supp. 719 (D. Md. 1989)
  • Baltimore Neighborhoods v. Plake Prop. Corp., 1987 U.S. Dist. Lexis No. 13535 (D. Md.)
  • Bornstein v. Helferstay, 311 Md. 302, 534 A.2d 686 (Md. Ct. App.) (1987)
  • United States v. Morse, 800 F.2d 260 (C.A. 4 1986)
  • Carter v. District of Columbia, 795 F.2d 116 (C.A.D.C. 1986)
  • United States v. Walker, 677 F.2d 1014 (C.A. 4 1982)
  • Short v. United States Parole Commission, 549 F.Supp. 118 (D.D.C. 1982)
  • United States v. Edwards, 430 A.2d 1321 (D.C. App. 1981)
  • Hamilton v. Ford Motor Co., 636 F.2d 745, 205 U.S. App. D.C. 37 (C.A.D.C. 1980)

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

Publications/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