Dan Philyaw is an attorney at Butler Prather LLP. He works at the firm’s Atlanta office and represents individuals and their families in a wide range of serious injury cases. Dan was part of a product liability trial team that secured a $151 million verdict for a man who was left paralyzed from an SUV rollover. He also worked to secure a $2.8 million verdict for a client who was injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by an improperly secured ladder on a maintenance van.
Dan received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2018, graduating cum laude. While in law school, Dan was a standout advocate in both moot court and mock trial competitions. Dan won Best Oralist at the 2017 Georgia Intrastate Moot Court Competition and was also named Best Oral Advocate at the 2017 Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition. Additionally, Dan won Georgia Law’s J. Melvin England Mock Trial Tournament in 2016 and finished as runner-up in the J. Ralph Beaird Closing Argument Competition during the same calendar year. Due to these successes, Dan was inducted to the Order of Barristers upon graduation as one of the ten best advocates in his law school class. Outside of the courtroom, Dan worked as a research assistant to evidence scholar Ronald L. Carlson and studied as a pupil in the Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court. Dan also gained practical experience by serving as a summer clerk for then Judge Charlie Bethel at the Court of Appeals of Georgia and representing survivors of family violence in the law school’s Family Justice Clinic.
Prior to law school, Dan earned bachelor’s degrees in finance and international studies from the University of Missouri, graduating magna cum laude and cum laude, respectively. While at Mizzou, Dan served as VP of Finance & Records for the Interfraternity Council and as a Student Ambassador for the Trulaske College of Business.
In his spare time, Dan enjoys writing music and plays guitar, piano, and cello. He has always loved spending time in the great outdoors, including while becoming an Eagle Scout, and is regular hiker in the north Georgia mountains.
University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
- J.D., cum laude
- Order of Barristers
- Best Oral Advocate, 2017 Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition
- Best Oralist, 2017 Georgia Intrastate Moot Court Competition
- Winner, 2016 J. Melvin England Mock Trial Tournament
- Finalist, 2016 J. Ralph Beaird Closing Argument Competition
- Pupil, Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court
University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
- B.S., Business Administration: Finance & Banking, magna cum laude
- B.A., International Studies, cum laude