Nick Danella concentrates his practice on high-stakes and appellate litigation throughout the federal and state court systems. In particular, he focuses on legal writing and strategy, motion practice and appeals.
Nick has handled dozens of federal and state court appeals nationwide, most recently in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Texas, Maryland, Maine, and Alabama. Just last year, Nick worked on appeals that resulted in two major victories: the reversal of a $20 million wrongful death judgment in a medical malpractice case, and the reversal of a trial judge’s interpretation of a licensing statute with broad-ranging impact for the financial services industry.
In addition, Nick regularly works as the “appellate counsel at trial,” with responsibility for briefing legal issues, including dispositive motions, Daubert/Frye motions, motions in limine, and in-trial motions and bench briefs. For example, Nick was part of a defense trial team that was engaged in two month-long product liability trials in Pennsylvania state court, each of which resulted in a jury verdict for the defense. He also was part of a defense trial team that was engaged in a two-month False Claims Act trial against the U.S. Department of Justice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, which resulted in judgment as a matter of law for the defense.
Substantively, Nick has handled a broad spectrum of litigation matters, including cases involving commercial issues, the False Claims Act, and contract disputes. He also has experience in antitrust and competition, sports law, federal and state constitutional issues, statutory interpretation, arbitration, tax, admiralty, class actions, bankruptcy, medical malpractice, and product liability. Further, he has provided clients with strategic advice regarding a wide range of business practices.
Nick was named one of the “Top 40 under 40” by the Birmingham Business Journal, and was listed as a “Rising Star” in Appellate by Mid-South Super Lawyers.
Nick joined Bradley after several years of litigation experience at Skadden Arps in New York and Los Angeles. He also served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.