As an attorney, I’ve had the opportunity to work on “both sides of the aisle” so to speak. While I started out as a defense attorney working for big corporations and large insurance companies, I didn’t find my true calling until after Hurricane Katrina.
How I Used to Represent Big Oil & Big Insurance
You see, at one time, I represented BIG offshore companies. When one of their workers was injured, my job was to defend the company regardless of the circumstances. One case still sticks out in my mind: a worker walked up to a flight of stairs onto an offshore platform, and as he reached the top of the stairs a helicopter rotor blade hit him directly in the head killing him. I’m haunted by this case and can still remember his name to this day. This was one of several cases that made me question my career path as an attorney.
I also represented BIG insurance companies and I understand their inner workings, almost to a fault. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike, and Gustav, I represented these very large insurance companies against homeowners in neighborhoods where I grew up. I had to explain to my former neighbors why their claims were not addressed quickly or, in some cases, were being denied altogether. You can imagine how heartbreaking this was for my neighbors and how conflicting it was for myself.
I was very unhappy in that role and found myself wanting to listen to the homeowners and understand their frustrations, rather than unilaterally denying their claims. I understood how the homeowners felt because my own family members suffered extensive losses in their homes and possessions as a result of those same hurricanes.
I learned in a very personal way why policyholders like my neighbors are not just numbers. Workers and policyholders, like you, are members of our community with a story to tell – you and I are policyholders. It was that exact experience that led me to where I am today – to you, and to the people in my community who are searching for answers that my law firm can provide.
The Turning Point in My Career as an Attorney
On July 3, 2005, just several weeks before Hurricane Katrina struck the greater New Orleans area and the Gulf South, my father passed away after a brutal, two-year fight against bladder cancer. As the oldest of four children, and in my second year of law school, I was called to stand in my father’s shoes and protect my family in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. At a time when I was thrust into multiple disasters, I had to contend with insurance adjusters who were reluctant to pay what was rightfully owed to me and my family.
I share my personal story as a way of letting you know that I understand the very real heartache and frustration that comes with trying to collect what is rightfully owed to victims by big insurance companies under the most stressful of circumstances. I knew then, after several years, that my calling was to help people who needed my help because big corporations and insurance companies were not doing the right thing by them.
Following law school, Danny was honored to serve as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Marilyn Castle, Chief Judge of the 15th Judicial District Court in Lafayette, Louisiana. As a State Court Law Clerk, he worked on complex litigation gaining valuable experience in several practice areas, including personal injury cases and insurance claim disputes. After practicing law for several years in Lafayette, Danny returned to New Orleans to practice law and contribute to the rebuilding of the city.
Danny is married to Amy D. Poolson of Opelousas, LA, and they are the proud parents of twins Davis Daniel and Amelia Isabella (“Twinkies”). When he is not working hard on his cases, Danny enjoys spending time with his family and traveling to see the LSU Tigers play.
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 2006
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, 2006
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana, 2006
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 2011
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Louisiana, 2011
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Louisiana, 2011
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi, 2015
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi, 2015
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2017
U.S. Court Appeals, 5th Circuit 2006
U.S. Supreme Court, 2010
Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Juris Doctor, 2006
- Moot Court, Member
- Trial Advocacy Program, Member
- President, 2005-2006
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Bachelor of Arts, 2003
- Minor in English
Jesuit High School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1999
Professional and Social Organizations
Danny is a member of a multitude of professional and social organizations, including:
- Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (“ARLA”)
- Federal Bar Association (“FBA”)
- American Association of Justice (“AAJ”)
- Louisiana Association of Justice (“LAJ”)
- Louisiana State Bar Association (“LSBA”)
- New Orleans Bar Association (“NOBA”)
- Jefferson Parish Bar Association (“JBA”)
- Mississippi State Bar Association (“MBA”)
- State Bar of Texas
- Global Maritime Ministries, Board Member
- Casa Jefferson, Fundraising Committee
- Covenant House, Sleep Out Participant
- St. Catherine Men’s Club
- Krewe of Endymion
- New Orleans Irish Channel Marching Crew
- Bonnabel Civic Association
Published Books Authored
“Secrets to Handling Car Crash Claims Successfully: What the Insurance Companies Don’t Want YOU to Know about Auto Accidents!”, 2019
“A Guide to Handling Your Property Damage Claim: What the Insurance Companies Don’t want YOU to Know about Property Damage Claims”, 2019
“The Simple Things,” The Beacon, Global Maritime Ministries Blog, 2018
How to Avoid Disaster in Your Case – Checklist Management for the Small Details, Louisiana Association for Justice, CLE a la Carte, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, December 27, 2018
How to Avoid Disaster in Your Case – Checklist Management for the Small Details, Louisiana Association for Justice, CLE a la Carte, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 28, 2018
Panel on Seafarer Legal Issues, Port Ministries International Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 19, 2018