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Daniel A Claitor

Car accident Attorney at Baton Rouge, LA

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State LA
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Daniel

Learn Daniel’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    35%
    Inattentive drivers injure more people than drunk drivers. The root cause of most car crash is failure to pay attention. If you been injured in a car crash due to the fault of others, I can help.

    34 years

  2. Government
    34%
    Governmental relations, sometimes referred to as lobbying.

    5 years

  3. Trucking accident
    20%
    Physics dictate that most accidents with a truck aren't small ones. If you have been in crash with an 18 wheeler, you need a serious lawyer for your serious injuries.

    34 years

  4. Criminal defense
    11%
    We practice criminal law in both state and federal court. From before arrest through trial, we defend people against the various charges ranging from minor drug offenses to very serious conspiracy charges.

    37 years

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, I am a product of our local public schools. I graduated from LSU in 1983 with a degree in Finance. I graduated from Loyola New Orleans Law School in 1987, but before graduating, I tried my first jury case. It was a manslaughter charge. The Orleans District Attorney was impressed enough to offer me a job upon graduation. I was an Assistant District Attorney for Mr. Harry Connick from 1987 through 1990 and have been on my own since then.

As to public service after the District Attorney's Office, in 2009 I was elected to the Louisiana State Senate for the Baton Rouge area, District 16. It has been an honor to represent the people of Baton Rouge. During the process, I believe I have become a better lawyer.

Whether your issue is a government relations issue, maritime matter, serious personal injury matter, wrongful death, business litigation or criminal defense, I can help you. I have been helping folks just like you for a long time and am very good at what I do. Perhaps I can help you with an important matter.  Give me a call, day or night, and let's talk about your issue.

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Even when you are not at fault, there can be so many legal issues to sort through that it just makes good sense to have the help of an experienced lawyer.
Jones Act matters may require that we seize a vessel, as we did here.

Location

Attorney At Law
6513 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA, 70808
Law Office of Dan Claitor
631 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA, 70130
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Reviews

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Posted by Perry | October 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dan A Claitor
Dan gets the job done. Open communication through every step of the case make the process convenient and worry free. I highly recommend Dan for all your legal needs.
Posted by Brandi | October 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!
Dan Claitor and staff provided exceptional service. He did everything possible to help my case have a positive result. I felt he truly cared and listened to my point of view. Communication was always good. Call’s were always answered or returned timely. My case was about as stress free as possible. Dan Claitor and staff went above and beyond for me. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by anonymous | December 23, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation
Did an awesome job even recommend me to an immigration lawyer. It was a consultation but I still got a lot of information and it came in handy
Posted by Tayler | November 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dan Claitor
He worked very hard to get me on PTI when the odds were against to do so. He has been very helpful and hard working in helping me get out of trouble and he did just that.
Response from Daniel Claitor November 23, 2019
I appreciate the review. As to PTI, it's something that clients have to earn. Young people tend to make mistakes, but your life doesn't have to be ruined because of one mistake. If you are capable of reflection and willing to work yourself out of the hole you have jumped in, in most instances, you CAN dig yourself out over time with a real commitment. Real commitment isn't easy. It's time consuming and tests your resolve. Depending on the violation, most law enforcement folks are willing to work with you towards "another chance," but they are also excellent at detecting B.S. In your case, you worked at it over a pretty long time and earned yourself into a good place. Congratulation to you. I appreciate your trust in me during the process. Now, do something with the opportunity. Good luck out there.
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Posted by Rachael | October 22, 2019
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Dan Claitor Attorney at Law
Dan is very knowledge of the law and handles his cases in a professional manner. He guided us through a difficult process. He returns all calls and emails in a timely manner. He answered our questions and explained the entire legal process in detail so that we understood every step. I would certainly recommend Dan to anyone seeking legal counsel and/or advise. Dan and his staff have been patient and very easy to work with.
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Response from Daniel Claitor October 23, 2019
Thank you for the review. We appreciate it. Good communication goes a long way towards reducing client anxiety. Glad you were happy with our communication and representation.
Posted by John | September 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Dan represent my son and family. He handled our case with compassion and hard work one would seek out as a lawyer. I would recommend his services to others
Response from Daniel Claitor September 13, 2019
As a father myself, I relate to the many issues that our children can get into. It's always an honor when parents put their trust in me to get the best results possible for their children. Thank you for your trust and I am glad that your child could benefit from my years of experience.
Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
I wanted to contest a ticket I received for speeding. I was concerned how it might impact my insurance. Given that a ticket is a pretty minor thing, I didn’t expect the level of service this office gave me. They treated me with respect, charged a fair price and got a very good result. Thank you. I would recommend Mr Claitor.
Response from Daniel Claitor September 10, 2019
We believe every client is important. Thank you for recognizing that we value you as a client.
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney and now friend
Dan Claitor was and is my attorney. He was very easy to understand and explained what every step covered. He is and was my attorney for my two auto accidents. He is a great attorney.
Response from Daniel Claitor August 30, 2019
Thank you for your kind words. We don't strive to be the biggest law firm. Our goals is to give each and every client great service and results. Glad we achieved that with you.
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Dan is professional and patient. My court case took longer to resolve than we originally thought and he remained helpful and proactive throughout the duration of it. Would definitely call him again.
Response from Daniel Claitor August 30, 2019
That's the thing about the law, sometimes it takes longer than expected. It's not science, it's the practice of law. By educating you about the process and keeping you abreast of developments as they occurred and why, you understood what was going on. While justice delayed is justice denied, in your case it wasn't delayed or denied - we just had to jump through a lot more hoops than you originally expected before you came to my office. Dealing with the courts and insurance companies is a daunting process for those that don't do it everyday and have the depth of our experience. Glad you were happy with the outcome and thank you for the kind review.
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Posted by Rob | August 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
I hired Dan after the insurance company blamed me entirely. That was not true at all. He sued those unfair people and we resolved my accident case fairly. Thanks Dan for not letting those guys push me around.
Response from Daniel Claitor August 29, 2019
Rob - We are glad you were happy with the outcome. Frequently, the law is a bit of a foreign language for those that don't talk it every day. Once we were able to educate the "other side" about your case, they better understood the value of your case and we were eventually able to get to an agreement when they had the information necessary to come to a decision. Thank you for your business and the review. We appreciate it.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
I hired lawyer Dan Claitor to help me with legal matters concerning my business. His guidance helped me make sound decisions and my business has grown as a result.
Response from Daniel Claitor August 30, 2019
I went to work in our family business, a bookstore, when I was just a youngster. If a customer was coming to the door at closing time, we opened the door for them rather than pulling the shade and saying "We're closed." Serving your customers well is what keeps them coming back and is just the right thing to do. Every single dollar counts for a business, big and small. I get that and appreciate that you were happy with my competitive rates and good turn around time. Thank you for the kind words and I am very happy for your continuing success. May you continue to have good success and remember that "if you are not moving forward, you are moving backwards." There's no standing still in the business world.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 95-375 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Law Offices of Dan Claitor
  • 1991 - Present
  • Chairman of Judiciary C
  • Louisiana State Senate
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Associate
  • Garner & Munoz
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office
  • 1987 - 1990
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Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law
  • Doctor of Law (J.D.),
  • 1987
  • Louisiana State University
  • BS,
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Dunning v. State Department of Transportation, 76 So. 3d 1212, (1st Cir. 2011)
  • Writ denied in favor of client, plaintiff. Client/plaintiff could proceed as Jones Act Seaman. Thus, leading to a settlement in due course.
  • Marina del Ray, LLC v. Scottsdale Insurance Co, USDC MD of LA
  • Matter settled to parties satisfaction.
  • Anderson v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co.
  • General and special damages affirmed on appeal per Youn, 623 So. 2d 1257 (La. 1993)
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Associations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Member and Law Day Chair
  • 1990 - Present
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Louisiana State Law Institute
  • Legislative Member
  • 2010 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2023
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2022
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Elected Official of the Year - GOLD Awards
  • Louisiana Governor's Office on Disabilities Affairs
  • 2019
  • Legislative Champion
  • Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians
  • 2018
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Legislator of the Year
  • Louisiana Orthopaedic Association
  • 2017
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2017
  • Louisiana Public Policy Legislative Champion
  • United Way
  • 2016
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2016
  • Legislator of the Year
  • Louisiana School Board Association
  • 2016
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2015
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2014
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2013
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2012
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2011
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2010
  • Senator of the Year
  • McMains Children's Developmental Center
  • 2010
  • Charles Foti Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice
  • Charles Foti
  • 1987
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Speaking Engagements

  • Health Law & Policy 2023
  • Legislative Update
  • 2023
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association, CLE Committee
  • Legislative Update
  • 2017
  • Legislative Retreat
  • Legislative Update
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dan and I tried a case together in federal court, and I saw first hand his dedication to his client and preparation for the defense. An experienced, effective lawyer and, even more important, a good human being."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Dan is an exceptional lawyer and even better person. You can trust Dan to be honest and fair. Whether your case is big or small, you can be sure that Dan will give it the attention you deserve."
Car accident
Litigation
Criminal defense
Criminal defense