Petrina Hall McDaniel is the office managing partner of the firm’s Atlanta office, co-leader of the Class Action & Multidistrict Litigation Practice, and vice chair of the firm’s global Advancing Women’s Task Force. Petrina specializes in high-stakes commercial cases and class action defense, including defending consumer and privacy class actions, with potential billions in exposure in state and federal courts across the country, including appellate and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) fora. Chambers USA has described Petrina as a “phenomenal” lawyer who is “innovative in the legal arguments she makes while also giving real practical solutions to business problems.” Petrina’s record of accomplishment of securing dismissal of individual and class claims and negotiating favorable settlements has earned her recognition by Chambers USA (TCPA Class Actions Band 1), Best Lawyers in America (2020-2024), and as a six-time Super Lawyers honoree in Business Litigation and Class Action Defense. In an issue of first impression in the Eleventh Circuit, Petrina secured a first-in-nation ruling, creating precedent-setting law.
Petrina represents a diverse client base ranging from retail to insurance, automotive, telecommunications and technology companies, to healthcare and higher education institutions, among others. Petrina’s broad experience encompasses class actions, business torts, contract disputes, regulatory matters and commercial litigation involving marketing, privacy and consumer protection. She has built a nationally recognized defense litigation practice under the TCPA, and regularly serves as lead defense counsel in individual and class action litigation across the country, including in Georgia, California, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Maryland, Virginia, Minnesota and Indiana.
In addition to litigation, Petrina has successfully defended numerous clients in investigations by states’ attorneys general and regulating agencies asserting unfair and deceptive practices claims. She has first chaired an administrative trial and has coordinated responses to civil investigative demands (CIDs), subpoenas and other investigatory inquiries.
Petrina also advises on mitigating risks related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting and sustainability, including developing compliance and litigation strategies to reduce legal and reputational risks to businesses and their stakeholders. Working with a dedicated global cross-practice ESG group, Petrina helps devise solutions to address ESG risks and opportunities, and resolve ESG-related litigation, with an eye towards early dismissals or favorable negotiated resolutions.
Petrina’s additional honors include recognition as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, the American City Business Journal’s BizWoman Headliner, the Atlanta Business Chronicles’ 2018 40 Under 40, Georgia State University Alumni Association’s 2018 40 Under 40, and one of 30 top Georgia lawyers On the Rise by The Daily Report in 2017. The Atlanta Tribune named her a Superwoman in 2017.
Petrina believes it is her professional responsibility to ensure the legal profession is reflective of the world in which we live and practice. She is a member of the firm’s task forces committed to the advancement of women, African-Americans and other diverse professionals. Petrina is also a Diversity Champion for the firm’s African-American Resource Group, and serves on the Squire Patton Boggs’ Foundation, which promotes the role of public service and pro bono work in the practice of law and the development of public policy.
Petrina has received widespread recognition for her professional and charitable leadership. She has participated in numerous leadership programs, including INSEAD Global Executive Leadership Development Program, LEAD Atlanta, the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers Leadership Academy, and the Emerging Leaders Retreat sponsored by the Atlanta-Black Jewish Coalition.
Petrina currently serves on the Board of the Atlanta Volunteers Lawyers Foundation (AVLF). She also volunteers with the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, the Atlanta Legal Aid and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. In addition to her board service, Petrina served as pro bono counsel for CARE USA, where she worked with the legal department to address organizational data privacy and cybersecurity risks.
A supporter and advocate of education, Petrina endows the “Empowering Excellence Scholarship Award” on behalf of the Georgia State University Honors College, which recognizes top-performing, diverse first-generational college students. Petrina also co-founded the R.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Award, a scholarship service she created for the benefit of high school students graduating from her alma mater, which she managed for more than 18 years.