Known for his creative approaches to difficult, high-stakes cases, David Long-Daniels represents clients across the US in complex labor and employment and commercial litigation matters. He has tried more than 90 jury trials and approximately 20 bench trials and arbitrations. David is recognized as a leading defense trial lawyer for bet-the-company cases and is frequently named among the very best trial lawyers in Georgia. He handles complex litigation matters of importance, often with sizable monetary values throughout the country.

David's practice includes the representation of clients in cases asserting claims under the Fair Labor Standard Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, various whistleblower statutes, and other federal and state civil rights and labor and employment matters. A veteran of the US Air Force, he often litigates USERRA issues. David has defeated class certification in many cases and has tried labor and employment cases in many jurisdictions across the US. A particular focus of David’s practice is representing corporations in class and collective actions.

 David has also represented insurance clients, in insurance coverage, corporate espionage, contingent liability, fraud, and bad faith litigation. David tried bet the company insurance class action to a favorable verdict. David routinely counsels clients on risk management and litigation avoidance issues, in an effort to minimize their exposure to potential lawsuits.

David has taught labor and employment as an Adjunct Law Professor at both the University of Alabama School of Law and the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He has also written for the Defense Research Institute, has been quoted in The National Law Journal on current legal matters, and his cross examination has been featured on ABC’s “20/20” program. David has served as a moderator on the in-house and outside counsel relationships and other seminars for the National Bar Association.

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  • Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1990
  • Valdosta State University, M.P.A., 1985
  • The University of Alabama, Culverhouse College of Commerce & Business Administration, B.S., 1982


  • Georgia, 2005
  • Alabama, 1990


  • Supreme Court of Alabama
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Law360’s Trials Editorial Advisory Board, 2019
  • Alabama State Representative, Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Board member, Compass Bank, Junior Board
  • Board member, Edward S. Norton, Birmingham-Southern College, Board of Advisors
  • Board member, Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Board of Visitors
  • Board member, Operation New Birmingham
    • Chairman, Executive Committee of the Community Affairs Committee, 1996
  • Board member, UAB School of Education, Board of Advisors
  • Former President, Birmingham Board of Education
  • General Counsel, Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • Member, Alabama State Bar
  • Member, Birmingham Bar Association
    • Chairman, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 1997
    • Member, Nominating Committee
  • Member, Birmingham Magic City and National Bar Associations
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Kiwanis Club
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators, National Arbitration Forum
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2009
  • Member, Leadership Alabama, 1998
  • Vice Chair, Birmingham Urban League, 1996-1997
  • Regional Counsel, Southern Division, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., 1996
  • Board member, Birmingham Festival of Arts, 1995
  • Member, Leadership Birmingham, 1993-1994
    • Program Committee, 1994
  • Junior board member, Family and Child Services, 1993
  • Member, Jason’s Honor Society
  • Member, Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Member, Law Review, 1990
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2018-2021 and 2023
  • Listed, The Legal 500 US, “Labor and Employment – Labor and Employment Disputes (Including Collective Actions): Defense,” 2020
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2007-2020
  • Listed, Benchmark Litigation, “Labor & Employment Star,” 2019-2020
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers, 2009-2021
  • “Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia,” 2013-2018
  • Listed, The Legal 500 US, 2015-2020
  • Labor and Employment – Labor and Employment Litigation, 2015-2020
  • Intellectual Property – Trade Secrets (Litigation and Non-Contentious Matters), 2018-2020
  • Labor and Employment – Workplace and Employment Counseling, 2018 and 2020
  • Labor and Employment – Labor-Management Relations, 2019
  • Listed, Lawdragon 500, Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers, 2020
  • Listed, Lawdragon and Human Resources Executive ® magazine, “The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Lawyers – Top 100,” 2017-2019
  • Named, Lawyers of Color, Nation’s Best List, 2019
  • Team leader, The American Lawyer’s “Regional Litigation Department of the Year – Georgia,” 2018
  • Team member, The Daily Report’s “Georgia Labor & Employment Litigation Department of the Year,” 2017
  • Listed, The National Black Lawyers – Georgia – Top 100, 2016
  • Selected, The National Law Journal, “2015 Top 100 Verdicts,” 2016
  • Listed, Lexology’s Client Choice Award, Employment & Benefits, 2015
  • Listed, Georgia Trend magazine, “Legal Elite,” 2006, 2008-2012 and 2015
  • Team member, The Daily Report’s “Georgia Labor & Employment Litigation Department of the Year," 2015
  • Team member, Law360 “Employment Practice Group of the Year,” 2011 and 2013
  • Profiled, Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, 13th edition, 2011
  • Recipient, Continuing Legal Education Award, Alabama State Bar, 2002
  • Listed, Birmingham Business Journal, “Top 40 Under 40”
  • Listed, Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities
  • Named, The Next Generation of Birmingham Leaders
  • Recipient, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal
  • Lewis F. Powell Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy
  • Phi Alpha Delta Award – Most Outstanding Student (faculty selection)
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