Van Horn for TBA President
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I have a practice that focuses on trial and arbitration work in commercial matters including business torts, contractual disputes, insurance coverage disputes, products liability and UCC litigation.

I am licensed in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi and admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in those states.  I have practiced in all three grand divisions of Tennessee including thirty-seven (37) Tennessee counties from Mountain City to Memphis.  As a result of that experience, I have had the chance to see just how different and unique the practice of law is across the state.

I was recently asked by another lawyer why I seem to enjoy practicing law so much, I responded by saying that I'm married to the right woman, am part of a wonderful firm and am blessed to have found something that I love doing.  I also told this other lawyer that a lot of my happiness is derived from two sources:  active participation in the bar and pro bono work. 

Being active in the bar gives me the opportunity to be around some truly amazing people and to be part of work that is making a difference in the lives or Tennesseans on a daily basis.  I am lucky to be around so many true role models.  Being active in the bar recharges my professional zeal and challenges me to be a better man and a better attorney. 

Pro bono work is no less important to me.  It keeps me grounded.  It helps put many other things in perspective.  It recharges my soul and reminds me why I went to law school.  My most memorable pro bono case was for a man dying of AIDS.  His family had abandoned him. He was being evicted from his apartment.  Right before the hearing, he turned to me and said, "Danny you have to win.  I don't want to die homeless."  Needless to say, those words stopped me cold and really brought home the gravity of the situation.  We won and he died a few months later . . . in his home.  My father once told me that when you feel down, if you will serve others who are less fortunate, you will feel lucky to have what you do have.  Pro bono work has been an important part of my happiness practicing law and is one of the reasons that I want to serve you as President of the TBA.

Here's a little more information about my background:      


  University of Tennessee at Knoxville

    - B.S. Public Admin. & Political Science

    - Summa Cum Laude

    - Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary      

           Academic Achievement


  Vanderbilt University School of Law

-  Moot Court Executive Board


  National Institute for Trial Advocacy

    - Graduate trial skills course



  Butler Snow O’Mara Stevens &

     Cannada, PLLC - Member


  Commercial litigation, business torts and products liability practice


  Licensed and practice in TN, MS and AR


  Have appeared and practiced in 37 TN counties and before TN appellate courts


  Tried numerous cases to verdict


Mid South Super Lawyers, 07 – present


Bar Experience

  TN Bar Foundation, Fellow


  TBA Board of Governors, 04 to present  (I have served on all committees of the board).

  TBA CLE Committee, Chair 08-09


  TBA Cy Pres Initiative, Chair 08-09


  TBA Young Lawyers Division, President 05-06


  President’s Award for Service to the YLD, 02


  TBA Leadership Law, Class of 2007


  TBA Judiciary Committee, Chair 04-06


  TLAW, member


  American Bar Foundation, Fellow


  ABA House of Delegates, 07 – 10


  ABA Standing Committee on Membership

     1 of 9 members on the nat’l cmte.

     Regional Membership Chair


  ABA Young Lawyers Division,

Assembly Speaker, 06-07  (the Assembly Speaker is the second highest officer in the 140,000 member division.)

Two Time National Star of the Year


  ABA Section of Litigation, Leadership Program


  Co-founder of the Atticus Network, a pro bono

     referral network.  The Atticus Network is premised on the idea that attorneys will take a pro bono case if we give them options, if we ask them to take a case and if we make it easy for them to do so.  It has worked well.


 Founder of pro bono clinic for AIDS patients


 Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative, 2007


  Memphis Area Legal Services,

     Annual Campaign, 06 & 07

     Award for Outstanding Service, 06 & 07  

Community Work

  Memphis Regional Chamber of

     Commerce, Board of Advisers &

     Chamber Ambassador


  Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis

     Central Board Member - Board Secretary

     Strategic Planning Committee, Chair


  Phoenix Club of Memphis

     President, 04-05

     Mednikow Award Winner, 06

     Thomason Leadership Award Winner,

       01 & 02


  St. Louis Church

     Eucharistic Minister

     Hospitality Minister

     Habitat for Humanity


  Eagle Scout



  Married to Erina Van Horn for 11+ years


  Two Children, Grant (b.’99) and

     Rachel (b.’01)


  Enjoy photography, especially black and

    white and nature photography.


  Enjoy reading, especially biographies.

    Favorite books:  To Kill a Mockingbird,

    Lincoln, Patriots, Bearing the Cross and

    anything by Tom Clancy


  Find history, politics and learning about

     new people and new places rewarding.


  Passionate about music of all kinds:  U2,

    Stones, Led Zeppelin, Muddy Waters,

     Prince, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra,

     Kenny Chesney and of course Elvis!

Published Works & Presentations

  TBA Business Torts Road Show, Dec. 08

     Trade Secrets

     The Duty of Loyalty


  Memphis Bar Year End CLE, Dec. 08 & 06

     Covenants Not-to-Compete

     Tortious Interference with Contract


  Theoretical Reverse Engineering:  A Potentially

     Viable Defense to Misappropriation of Trade

      Secrets, ABA Business Torts Newsletter


  TBA Business Torts Road Show, 07

     Covenants Not-to-Compete

     Tortious Interference with Contract

     Ethics of Multi-Party Representation and the

     Common Interest Privilege


  The Constitutional Limits of Punitive Damages

     Tennessee Bar Journal


  Effective Trial Preparation

     ABA YLD Litigation Newsletter


  The E-Sign Act:  A Move in the Right Direction

      Tennessee Bar Journal


  Resolutions 07M1YL and 07M2YL, calling on the ABA to take more neutral stances and seeking to require a super-majority vote of the House of Delegates before the ABA could take any further positional stances


  Suggestions from the Next Generation, a report to ABA Standing Committee on Membership detailing the serious membership challenges that the ABA faces, the root causes of those challenges and possible solutions


  Speaker on resolutions before the ABA House of Delegates dealing with the conditional admission of lawyers who have successfully completed dependency treatment in order to better protect the public and dealing with screening of lawyers in conflict situations.

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