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Daniel K. Bryson

Founding Partner

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

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Main Telephone: 919-600-5000
Direct Telephone: 919-600-5002
Fax: 919-600-5035
E-mail: dan@wbmllp.com

Dan Bryson is one of the nation’s most respected and experienced attorneys in the area of construction product defect litigation involving mass torts, and class actions or individual lawsuits (condominiums and multi-family) among others. 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’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.

Recent Practice Highlights:

  • October 2017: Co-Lead Counsel of Outer Banks Power Outage Litigation
  • August 2017: Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in FieldTurf Artificial Turf Marketing Practices Litigation
  • January 2017: Co-Lead Counsel of Floor and Décor Litigation
  • January 2015: Lead Counsel of GAF Cross Timbers Decking Litigation
  • May 2015: Co-sponsor of AAJ Lumber Liquidator Litigation Group

Bar Admissions

  • State of North Carolina
  • State of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

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, 2006, 2009-2017
  • Named as a Member of “North Carolina’s Legal Elite,” Business North Carolina Magazine
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV Preeminent” Rated
  • Member, Wake Forest Law Review, 1987 – 1988

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Justice, Lumber Liquidators Litigation Group, Oil Spill Litigation Group, Class Action Litigation Group, Wage & Hour Litigation Group, Chinese Drywall Litigation Group, Mold Litigation Group, Construction Defects Group, and Cox-2 Group
  • Public Justice, Membership, Outreach and Diversity Committee Chair
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ), Education Committee and the Legislative Committee (2012-2013)
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Council and Chair of Construction Law Section (2001-2002)
  • American Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Tort & Insurance Practice and Litigation Committees
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Wake County Bar Association

Legal Publications

Education

  • University of North Carolina: B.A., 1983
  • University of North Carolina: M.B.A., 1986
  • Wake Forest University School of Law: J.D., 1988

Case Results

  • Lead Counsel in GAF Cross Timbers Decking MDL No. 2577, consolidated to Federal Court in New Jersey before the Honorable Judge Jose L. Linares
  • 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
  • Co-Lead Counsel in Atlas Roofing Corporation Chalet Shingle Products Liability Litigation MDL 2495 before the Honorable Judge Thrash
  • 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
  • Lead Counsel in MI Windows MDL No. 2333, consolidated to Federal Court in Charleston, SC before the Honorable Judge Norton
  • 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
  • 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

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Consumer Product Litigation,” Mass Torts Made Perfect (MTMP) Spring Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 28, 2017
  • Speaker, “Practical Skills for Practicing Lawyers,” 2016 Construction Law Section Annual Meeting and Joint Program with NCBA Litigation Section, New Bern, North Carolina
  • 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

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