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Daniel H Charest

Litigation Attorney at Dallas, TX

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Maine - ME < 1 year
    Virgin Islands - VI 8 years
    Texas - TX 16 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 18 years
    Virginia - VA 19 years
  • Licensed for less than one year
    State ME
    Acquired 2023
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State VI
    Acquired 2016
    Authorized to practice law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2007
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2005
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2004
    Associate No misconduct found

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

About Daniel

Learn Daniel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Daniel's work, whatever the subject matter, all relates to litigation. Whether the matter resolves in the courtroom or before, Daniel is a trial lawyer.

    21 years, 50 cases

  2. Oil and gas
    Daniel has represented oil companies and landowners in all manner of oil and gas disputes. Most recently, Daniel a major win and settlement on behalf of plaintiffs including Ed Bass and other prominent mineral owners.

    19 years, 20 cases

  3. Contracts and agreements
    Daniel has engaged in numerous contract-based disputes. Many relate his oil and gas practice. And many others flow from commercial relationships gone bad. In all cases, Daniel has been the driving force behind the litigation.

    21 years, 25 cases

  4. Antitrust and trade law
    Daniel has worked on many antitrust cases, most in the class context. In connection with that work, Daniel has obtained significant results for his clients.

    21 years, 10 cases

  5. Class action
    Daniel has served as class counsel on several major class actions. His class-action experience extends from the trial court to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    21 years, 10 cases

Daniel has spent years on the front lines of high-stakes litigation in both federal and state courts throughout the country, coast to coast, and international arbitrations around the world. He is equally comfortable in a courtroom talking to a jury as he is in a boardroom talking to executives or on a gravel road talking to witnesses. Daniel uses a combination of experience, intellect, grit, and compassion to achieve his client’s goals.

And Daniel’s excellent work and achievements are regularly recognized in various peer- and industry-driven rating publications. Those honors include being named “Attorney of the Year” in 2020 by Texas Lawyer, called a "Winning Litgiator" by National Law Journal, and listed as both "Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer" and "Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer" by Lawdragon. And he backs up those honors by actually winning in court day-by-day, including recently earning at $41,000,000 jury verdict in an oil & gas matter in Denver District Court.

Daniel’s experience goes deep. He has handed antitrust, breach of contract, business torts (trade secret misappropriation, executive employment disputes, and unfair competition), government takings claims, consumer protection issues, oil and gas disputes of many types, class actions, fraud, insurance bad faith, and wrongful death. His docket has also included nearly every type of procedural and jurisdictional challenges such as removal and remand, class certification, venue transfers, forum non conveniens, temporary restraining orders, temporary injunctions, and appeals.

After his federal appellate clerkship, Daniel joined a nationally recognized litigation boutique firm where he became a partner. He left to pave his own path by co-founding Burns Charest with a goal of developing a team of skilled, trial-savvy lawyers together as a team. The Burns Charest team is modeled after his watchwords: efficiency and effectiveness.

Outside work, Daniel is a proud husband to Melanie and father to Madeline and John.

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Burns Charest LLP
900 Jackson Street
Suite 500
Dallas, TX, 75202

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Posted by Jay | February 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
aggressive but measured
Daniel has a soldier-like work ethic with an equally impressive set of skills and legal horsepower. While both smart and creative, he is willing to be his own client but also by the best adversaries, never yielding unless prudence requires it. Daniel is a strong and capable advocate that I will hire again.
Posted by Luis Ibarguengoytia | February 21, 2019
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FLV Owner
Daniel and his team kept me well informed and really gave me the full picture of the scenario and made it clear they had my best interest at heart. They wanted me to make informed decisions — they earned my trust and they still have it. Daniel and his team are very professional and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Obsessive, Thoughtful Advocate
Dan was relentless in his representation of our firm. We were involved in litigation with many tight timelines and Dan and his team were able to efficiently and effectively represent us and overwhelm opposing counsel. Dan was also very thoughtful and conscientious with respect to how we could approach various issues in our case.
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Posted by Andrew Fletcher | February 20, 2019
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Among the Best
We hired Dan and his firm for a sizable and complex collection matter. From the first meeting, Dan was prepared with a strategic plan and executed it with gusto from beginning to end. His counsel, responsiveness, and delivery were first class. I would highly recommend him as counsel for any dispute resolution matter.
Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2019
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Great Attorney
Daniel is extremely professional and competent attorney. Our business has been extremely happy with both his work and outcomes for us. The firm is top-notch and has exceeded our expectations at all times. Highly recommended.


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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Burns Charest LLP
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Susman Godfrey LLP
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Susman Godfrey LLP
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Edith Brown Clement
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Associate
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Deck Officer (Chief Mate)
  • Keystone Shipping Company
  • 1994 - 2001
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  • Tulane University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • BS
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Behrend, et al. v. Comcast Corporation, No. 2:03-cv-06604, E.D. Pa.
  • Class Certified -- Settlement
  • Counter Active, Inc. v. Tacom, L.P. d/b/a Cosentino USA, No. 0:07-cv-3163, D. Minn.
  • Take-nothing judgment by settlement
  • Southgate Master Fund, LLC v. United States of America, No. 4:08-cv-02239, S.D. Tex.
  • Trial win
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  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow
  • 2020 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Oil and Gas Committee, State Bar of Texas
  • Committee Member, Pattern Jury Charges
  • 2019 - 2021
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Languages Spoken

  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2023
  • Barrister, Order of Veritas
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2022
  • Litigation Star
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • 2022
  • Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer
  • Lawdragon
  • 2022
  • Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer
  • Lawdragon
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas
  • D Magazine
  • 2021
  • “Attorney of the Year”
  • Texas Lawyer
  • 2020
  • Winning Litigator
  • National Law Journal
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Coif
  • 2004
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  • Tulane Law Review
  • A Fresh Look at the Treatment of Vessel Managers Under COGSA, 78 Tul. L. Rev. 885 (2003)
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Oil and Gas Disputes 2019 CLE
  • Disputes over Production in Paying Quantities
  • 2019
  • 35th Annual Course, Advanced Oil, Gas & Energy Resources
  • Royalty Disputes & Litigation
  • 2017
  • 2015 Energy and Environmental Law Summit
  • Litigation Trends in the $50 Era
  • 2015
  • Client Counseling Competition
  • Moot Court Competition Judge
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
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Class action Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Dan Charest for almost two years on several matters, and his analysis, written advocacy and skill as a tactician are second to none. He is the kind of trial attorney you want to hire if you are up against a tough bull-headed adversary, because he will outsmart them both on the case's substance and in the "chess match" that inevitably arises. He has successfully played co-defendants off against each other where they otherwise would have been united against him, while simultaneously gaining million for his clients. He has already proven himself to be one of the best commercial litigation attorneys in Dallas."
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Dallas Litigation Lawyer Daniel H Charest
Daniel H Charest
Litigation Attorney
Dallas, TX
Licensed for 19 years