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My practice focuses on civil litigation matters, with a significant emphasis on matters arising under admiralty and maritime law, commonly known as the General Maritime Law of the United States, as well as related Federal statutes.

I have experience litigating personal injury, wrongful death, and commercial disputes in both a maritime and non-maritime context. I have first and second chair trial experience at both the Federal and State (Texas) levels with four (4) favorable verdicts for my clients. I also handle appellate issues related to admiralty and maritime law, as well as non-maritime matters. In addition to my litigation/appellate practice, I also advise clients on non-litigation business matters in the admiralty/maritime context, as well as labor and employment issues.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    12 years, 75 cases
  2. Maritime: 50%
    12 years, 350 cases



Hourly ($250-350/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Christopher Kelley Johns

    I have worked with Daniel on many cases over the past several years. He is a highly intelligent, creative, and aggressive advocate for his corporate clients. I know that when I have a case against Daniel, to get ready for a fight, and I think that's what all clients want, whether they're companies or individuals. I enthusiastically endorse Daniel.


    Christopher Johns Personal injury Attorney
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  • Sean Michael Reagan

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Contact info

Chamberlain Hrdlicka

1200 Smith Street
14th Floor
Houston, TX, 77002


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200307/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyers in Houston - Admiralty/MaritimeH Texas Magazine2014
Rising Star - Transportation/MaritimeTexas Super Lawyers2014
Top Lawyers in Houston - AdmiraltyHoustonia Magazine2013
Top Lawyers in Houston - AdmiraltyH Texas Magazine2013
Rising Stars - Transportation / MaritimeTexas Super Lawyers2013
Top Lawyers in Houston - AdmiraltyH Texas Magazine2012
Rising Stars - Transportation / MaritimeTexas Super Lawyers2012
Rising Stars - Transportation / MaritimeTexas Super Lawyers2011
Consul AwardUniversity of Texas School of Law2003
Runner Up - Reginald E.F. Colley AwardTheta Chi Fraternity2000
Outstanding Fraternity PresidentUniversity of Texas at Austin2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior CounselChamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry2007 - Present
AssociateBrown Sims, P.C.2005 - 2007
Associate AttorneyStepp & Sullivan, P.C.2003 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Greater Houston Senior Football ShowcaseSecretary / Director2013 - Present
Maritime Law Association of the United StatesAssociate Member2012 - Present
Houston Livestock Show & RodeoLife Member2005 - Present
Texas ExesLife Member2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sweeney v. Boone Towing, Inc. & Buffalo Marine Service, Inc.Verdict for Defendants on liablity issues: $1620.00 awarded to Plaintiff on maintenance and cure claim
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A2003
University of Texas System, AustinGovernmentBachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Red McCombs School of BusinessEuropean Union Maritime Law2013
Red McCombs School of BusinessInternational Shipping Law2013
Red McCombs School of BusinessEurpoean Union Maritime Law2012
Red McCombs School of BusinessEuropean Union Maritime Law2011