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Daniel K. Bryson

Daniel K. Bryson

Founding Partner

Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP
900 W. Morgan Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

work Main Telephone: 919-600-5000
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Dan is one of the nation's most respected and experienced attorneys in the area of construction product defect litigation involving mass torts, class actions or individual lawsuits (condominiums and multi-family). Dan has also been lead, co-lead or steering committee member in a number of successful MDL or class actions. 

For over 28 years, Dan has focused his practice on complex civil litigation, successfully representing thousands of owners in a wide variety of defective construction product suits, class actions, and various mass torts and recovering more than $1.25 billion for his clients in numerous states throughout the country. He frequently collaborates with other attorneys in order to assemble the most effective team possible.

Dan is a frequent lecturer and writer on a variety of defective construction products, insurance, and consumer mass tort related disputes. He has been quoted by a variety of media outlets over the years including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post,  New York Times and Lawyers Weekly to name a few. He has been named as a member of the Legal Elite and Super Lawyers in North Carolina on numerous occasions. Dan is the past chair of the NC Bar Association, Construction Law Section.

Dan’s recent experience includes serving as co-lead counsel in MDL No. 2514 against Pella Windows & Doors in Federal Court in Charleston, SC before the Honorable Judge David Norton. Dan has also served as lead counsel in recently settled MDL No. 2333 against MI Windows and Doors in Federal Court in Charleston, SC before the Honorable Judge David Norton. He is co-lead counsel in a MDL 2495 against Atlas Roofing Corporation in Federal Court in Atlanta, GA before the Honorable Judge Thomas Thrash, Jr. He has also served as a member of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (Co-chair Science and Expert Committee) for the MDL 2047 involving Chinese Drywall. A settlement valued at over $1 billion was approved in 2013 involving one of the primary defendants, Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin and hundreds of other defendants and insurance companies. Dan served on the trial team in Federal Court in Louisiana before the Honorable Eldon Fallon for each of the three Chinese Drywall bellwether cases. 

He has also won a number of impressive jury and trial verdicts in building defect cases through the years involving windows and numerous other building products. Earlier in his career, Dan secured substantial sums for thousands of homeowners throughout the country who had a synthetic stucco on their homes called Exterior Insulation Finish System ("EIFS"), which caused water damage. On another occasion, he secured substantial sums for thousands of homeowners throughout Western Kentucky who had cracking concrete as a result of alkali carbonate reaction. Dan has also obtained numerous settlements or verdicts for homeowner associations for a wide variety of construction defects.

Dan is an 1983 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received his law degree, with honors, from Wake Forest University in 1988. 

Recent Practice Highlights  

  • May 2015: Co-sponsor of AAJ Lumber Liquidator Litigation Group.
  • July 2014: Named Membership, Outreach and Diversity Committee Chair for Public Justice.
  • June 2014: Named Co-Lead Counsel in Pella Corporation Architect and Designer Series Windows Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation MDL 2514 before the Honorable Judge Norton. The case involves the consolidation of multiple class actions filed in states around the country regarding alleged defects in Architect and Designer Series windows manufactured by Pella Corporation.
  • January 2014: Named as one of the Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyers 2014. Profiled in the 2014 Super Lawyer magazine, and named one of the Top 25 Lawyers in Raleigh. 
  • Adjunct Professor Campbell Law School (Complex Litigation- 2014, 2015)
  • January 2014: Named Co-Lead Counsel in Atlas Roofing Corporation Chalet Shingle Products Liability Litigation MDL 2495 before the Honorable Judge Thrash. The case involves the consolidation of multiple class actions filed in states around the country regarding alleged defects in Chalet Shingles manufactured by Atlas Roofing Corporation.
  • June 2013: Named to the Board of Directors of the Public Justice Foundation
  • February 2013: Co-lead Counsel on a three week jury trial in Madisonville, Kentucky resulting in a $1.39 million verdict in favor of a church and a business against two coal companies for causing subsidence to their properties  
  • July 2012: Named Lead Counsel in MI Windows MDL No. 2333, consolidated to Federal Court in Charleston, SC before the Honorable Judge Norton. The case involves the consolidation of multiple class actions filed in states around the country regarding alleged defects in certain series of windows manufactured by MI Windows
  • June 2012:  Lead Counsel on a three week jury trial in Wilmington, North Carolina resulting in a verdict and judgment of over $3 million for a contractor's defective construction of marine bulkhead
  • February 2011:  Lead Counsel on a two week jury trial in Bryson City, North Carolina resulting in a verdict and judgment in excess of $3.5 million for a developer’s deceptive advertising and shoddy construction of subdivision roads in the mountains of Western North Carolina 

Selected papers (partial list)

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1988
  • Kentucky, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2007

Professional Associations and Membership

  • American Association for Justice, 2015 (Member, Lumber Liquidators Litigation Group)
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2012-2013 (Member, Education Committee)
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2012-2013 (Member, Legislative Committee)
  • American Association for Justice, 2010 (Member, Oil Spill Litigation Group)
  • American Association for Justice, 2009 (Member, Class Action Litigation Group)
  • American Association for Justice, 2009 (Member, Wage & Hour Litigation Group)
  • American Association for Justice, 2009- 2013 (Member, Chinese Drywall Litigation Group)
  • Kentucky Bar Association, 2008 (Member)
  • American Association for Justice, 2002 (Member, Mold Litigation, Construction Defects, and Cox-2 Groups)
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Construction Law Section, 2001 - 2002 (Council and Chair)
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Construction Law Section, 2001 - 2002 (Member)
  • American Bar Association, Construction Law Section, 1994 (Member, Tort & Insurance Practice and Litigation Committees)
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 1988 (Member)
  • Wake County Bar Association, 1988 (Member)

Honors and Awards

  • Named one of the Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyers 2013, 2014
  • Named Top 25 Lawyer in Raleigh, 2014
  • Named to North Carolina Super Lawyers list numerous occasions (class actions/mass torts)
  • Named as a Member of "North Carolina's Legal Elite," Business North Carolina Magazine numerous occasions
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" (Highest) Rated
  • Member, Wake Forest Law Review, 1987 - 1988

Classes and Seminars (partial listing)

  • Speaker, "Satisfying Due Process in the Digital Age," American Association for Justice (AAJ) Annual Convention, Los Angeles, California, July 23, 2016
  • Speaker, "ESI Essentials:  What You Absolutely Must Know in this Day and Age About Electronically Stored Information," North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ), NCAJ Annual Convention, Wilmington, NC, June 15, 2015
  • National Chair, "Harris Martin's Lumber Liquidators Flooring Litigation Conference," Minneapolis, MN, May 27, 2015
  • Speaker, "Construction Product Litigation, Managing Multiple Claims in Multiple Jurisdictions," Louisiana State Bar Association, 14th Annual Class Action/Complex Litigation Symposium, New Orleans, LA, November 21, 2014
  • Co-Chair and Speaker, "Class Actions, Making Mountains out of Molehills," Ethics segment, NCAJ, Convention 2014, Sea Trail Resort,  Sunset Beach, NC, June 16, 2014.
  • National Co-Chair, Harris Martin "Construction Product Litigation Conference," Miami Beach, FL, October 25, 2013
  • Speaker, "Nuts and Bolts of Trying a Construction Defect Case", North Carolina Bar Association, 2013 NC/SC Construction Law Sections Annual Meeting, Asheville, NC, September 27-28, 2013 
  • Speaker, "What Every NCAJ Member Should Know About Class Actions and Mass Torts", North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ), NCAJ Annual Convention, Wilmington, NC, June 17, 2013
  • Speaker/Faculty, "Complex Construction Litigation:  Deconstructing Myths", Louisiana State Bar Association, 12th Annual Class Action/Mass Tort Symposium, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 30, 2012
  • Speaker/Faculty, "Commercial General Liability Insurance Coverage for Contractors:  Mirage versus Reality", North Carolina Bar Association, 2012 Construction Law Annual Meeting, Concord, North Carolina, September 28, 2012 - September 29, 2012
  • National Plaintiffs' Co-Chair, Harris Martin Chinese Drywall Conference, Miami, FL, Oct. 2011
  • Speaker, Mass Torts Made Perfect, "There's Gold in Them Thar Houses," Bellagio, Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 2011
  • Speaker--Analysis of the DePuy Hip Implant-Update on Causation and Design Defect, HB Litigation Conference "Orthopedic Litigation Conference-DePuy and Zimmer Implant Updates—Plaintiffs Only," January 19, 2011
  • Speaker/Faculty, "Perspectives for the Construction Lawyer: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?", North Carolina Bar Association, 2010 Construction Law Section Annual Meeting, Cary, North Carolina, September 24, 2010 - September 25, 2010
  • Speaker in Chinese Drywall Litigation, AAJ, Vancouver, Canada, July 10, 2010
  • Speaker, "Legal Issues in Chinese Drywall Litigation", North Carolina Advocates for Justice, October 24, 2009
  • Speaker/Faculty, "How to Deal with Assignments and Releases from Builders", AAJ Chinese Drywall Seminar, August 11, 2009
  • Conference Chair, Chinese Drywall Litigation Conference, HarrisMartin Publishing, June 4-5, 2009
  • Speaker, "The Growing Importance of Unfair Trade Practices Claims Under Chapter 75", 31st NCADA Annual Spring Program & Meeting, June 12, 2008 - June 15, 2008
  • Moderator and Speaker, "Condominium Construction Issues in North Carolina", Lorman CLE Seminar, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2008
  • Speaker, "What You Need To Know About General Liability Insurance Coverage" Contracts for Construction Lawyers: How to Get the Party Started, NCBA Foundation, Greensboro, North Carolina, 2006
  • Panelist and Speaker, "Critical Issues in Construction Defects Litigation - Insurance Coverage in the Trenches," Judicial Education Program - AEI-Brookings Joint Center, Washington, DC
  • Panelist and Speaker, "Cutting-Edge Issues in Construction Defects Litigation, Selected Evidentiary Issues from Recent Cases,”Judicial Education Program - AEI-Brookings Joint Center, Washington, DC
  • Speaker, "What You Need To Know About General Liability Insurance Coverage" We Can Work It Out-Real Estate Rights and Remedies, NCBA Foundation, Cary, North Carolina, 2006
  • National Co-Chair, "Mealey's Construction Defect & Mold Litigation Conference,” Mealey's Annual Convention, Phoenix, Arizona, 2005
  • Speaker, "Emerging Issues in Construction Defect Class Actions" Plaintiffs Counsel Mold Summit, Chicago, Illinois, 2005
  • Speaker, "Litigating Construction Defects as Mass Torts: EIFS, Mold, Concrete, and More,” 2005 ATLA Convention, Toronto, Canada, 2005
  • National Co-Chair, "Mealey's Construction Defect & Mold Litigation Conference,” Mealey's Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2004
  • Moderator & Speaker, "The Future of Mold Litigation,” ATLA Annual Convention, Construction Defects-Property Damages Litigation Group, Boston, Massachusetts, 2004
  • Speaker, Current Status of EIFS Litigation, Mealeys: National Mold Litigation Conference, Orlando, Florida, 2004
  • Speaker, "Toxic Mold: A Legal Primer,” CAI: 2004 Community Association Law Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2004
  • Speaker, "M5: Mold, Moisture, Misery and Money - Plus Myth,” NCATL, San Diego, California, 2003
  • Speaker, "What You Really Need to Know About Mold and Legal Liabilities,” Lorman, Greenville, North Carolina, 2003
  • Speaker, "Bad Buildings, Bad Products, Toxic Mold - A Primer,” ATLA Annual Convention, ATLA Annual Convention, 2003
  • Speaker, "Solving Water Intrusion and Mold Problems in North Carolina,” Lorman, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2003
  • Speaker, "Harris-Martin: Mold Litigation-Beyond the Basics II,” Harris-Martin, New Orleans. Louisiana, 2003
  • Speaker, "Toxic Mold: A Legal Primer,” CAI National Conference and Exposition, Dallas, Texas, 2003
  • Panelist and Speaker, "Why Are We Moldy Now,” Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
  • Speaker, "Solving Water Intrusion and Mold Problems in North Carolina,” Lorman , Greenville, North Carolina, 2003
  • Speaker, "Solving Water Intrusion and Mold Problems in North Carolina,” Lorman , Raleigh, North Carolina, 2003
  • Panelist, "Mold-The Construction Industry's Newest Four-Letter Word"  --The "Contractor's" Construction Super conference, San Francisco, California, 2002
  • Plaintiff Leader, "Strategies on Mold Litigation,” Mealey's Construction Defects in 2002: EIFS, CCA Treated Wood and Mold, Atlanta, Georgia, 2002
  • Plaintiff Leader, "The Business of Mold: Breakout Sessions,” Harris Martin's Mold Litigation: Beyond the Basics, San Antonio, Texas, 2002
  • Speaker, "Solving Water Intrusion and Mold Problems in North Carolina,” Lorman , Raleigh, North Carolina, 2002
  • Speaker, "Practical Skills for Practicing Lawyers," 2016 Construction Law Section Annual Meeting and Joint Program with NCBA Litigation Section, New Bern, North Carolina 

Education

  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina, 1988
    Doctor of Jurisprudence, J.D.
    Honors: cum laude
    Law Review: Wake Forest Law Review, Member, 1987 - 1988
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1986
    M.B.A.
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1983
    B.A.
Dan and his wife of 26 years, Lynda, have two sons, Hunter (24) who recently graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and attends Campbell Law School, and Davis (21) who recently graduated from UNC-Wilmington. Dan is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of NC Theatre, member of the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) Foundation Board, and the past President and Chairman of the Board of the Occoneechee Boy Scout Council. In his free time, Dan enjoys playing basketball, weightlifting, and golf. He recently completed his first half marathon.
 

You can reach Dan at 919-600-5002 or by emailing him at dan@wbmllp.com