Focus Areas of Practice

  • Design Professional Liability Defense – represent Architects and Engineers faced with claims of professional negligence including alleged design errors and project administration.

  • Environmental and Toxic Tort Defense – represent industry members, including energy companies, agricultural operators, and manufacturers faced with claims for environmental releases or contamination alleged to cause property, natural resource or personal injuries.

  • Construction Defect Litigation – represent property owners, contractors, suppliers and Design Professionals in matters involving claims of defective construction on residential, multi-family, commercial, and industrial properties.

  • General Commercial Litigation – represent business and individual clients in disputes arising from contractual relationships and torts.

  • Mediation Services – Certified Mediator and Adjunct Settlement Judge providing service as private mediator in professional liability, construction, environmental and commercial disputes.
Scott McDaniel

Professional Organizations

  • Tulsa County Bar Association – former Member of the Professional Ethics / Grievance Committee
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance – Construction and Real Estate Editor for the Journal of American Law
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation - Member
  • Professional Liability Underwriters Society - Member
  • The Defense Research Institute - Member
  • Transportation Lawyers Association – Member
  • Federal Bar Association – Member
  • Historical Society of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals – Life Member

Lectures

  • Admissibility of Expert Evidence at Trial – Environmental Federation of Oklahoma Annual Meeting 2017, Oklahoma City, OK
  • "Just Add Water - A Claim Exposé" -- Design Professional Risk Control Group Convocation, Invited Speaker, 2015, Phoenix, AZ
  • “Agriculture and the Issue of Natural Resource Damages” – University of Tulsa School of Law, National Energy-Environmental Law and Policy Institute, 2005, Tulsa, OK
  • "Compliance with Statutes and Regulations is No Safe Harbor Against Claims for Negligence" – International Petroleum Environmental Conference 1996, Albuquerque, NM

Publications

Professional Honors

  • Professional Engineer, North Carolina 1986 (Retired)
  • Professional Engineer, Oklahoma 1992 (Retired)
  • Tulsa County Bar Association, Leadership in the Law Award, 2008
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rated AV®
  • Leadership Oklahoma, Graduate, Class XXVII
  • Super Lawyer® 2015, 2016, 2017

Community Leadership

  • Elected Member of the Board of Education, Union Public Schools, Oklahoma’s eighth largest district, served as Board Chair five terms, 1999 to 2014
  • Ex Officio Trustee, Unions Schools Education Foundation, numerous terms, 1999 to 2010
  • Director, Community Non-Profit operating homeless shelter and Family and Youth Center for at-risk population, 2008 to present, Board Chair 2012, Recipient of the Geisinger Award for distinguished Board service, 2012
  • Founding Board Member, Non-Profit operating a residential alcohol and drug recovery program as an alternative to incarceration, 2009 to present
  • Scoutmaster and Assistant Scout Master, 1981 to 1990, 1995 to 1997

Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, OK, 1995
    • Gable Gotwals 1L Student of the Year
    • Merit Scholarship
    • Order of the Curule Chair
    • Managing Editor, Tulsa Law Journal, 1994 to 1995
    • Graduated first in class
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 1981
    • Construction Certificate