C. Fred Daniels - Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O

C. Fred Daniels

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1993
Phone: 205-716-5232

C. Fred Daniels is a partner in the firm’s Birmingham, Alabama office, where his practice emphasizes estate and gift planning, administration of estates, taxation, closely-held businesses, and litigation involving the rights and duties of personal representatives and beneficiaries. Mr. Daniels has been the lead trial and appellate counsel in numerous estate, gift and income tax cases including O’Neal v. United States, 258 F.3d 1265 (11th Cir. 2001) (establishing that, in the Eleventh Circuit, claims against a decedent are to be valued for estate tax purposes based solely on facts known at death) and Cleveland v. Compass Bank, 652 So. 2d 1134 (Ala. 1994) (establishing that, in Alabama, state law governs the source of payment of state estate taxes on QTIP trusts).

His recognitions include listings in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Corporate Law, Employee Benefits, Litigation & Controversy – Tax, Trusts & Estates, and Tax Law, and he has the highest rating assigned by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He has been named by Alabama Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top 50 attorneys in Alabama and is included in the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Alabama Super Lawyers’ list for Estate Planning and Probate. Mr. Daniels was elected to serve as Regent of the American College of Estate and Trust Counsel, and he is the past State Chair for Alabama and also the Chair of the State Chairs Steering Committee. He is a Past Chairman of the Tax Section of the Alabama Bar Association, and he has served as an Alabama delegate to the Southeastern Liaison Committee of the Internal Revenue Service. He was recently recognized by Best Lawyers as the “2012 Birmingham Litigation – Trusts & Estates Lawyer of the Year.”

Auburn UniversityThe University of AlabamaJ.D. New York University School of Law

Office Location

2001 Park Place North, Suite 700
P.O. Box 830612
Birmingham, AL 35283-0612
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation and Controversy - Tax of the Birmingham Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Trusts and Estates of the Birmingham Metro Area2010 Lawyer of the Year in Trusts and Estates of the Birmingham Metro Area
C. Fred Daniels has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!C. Fred Daniels has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!C. Fred Daniels has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!

Practice Areas

Corporate Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Tax Law
Trusts and Estates

Other Information

Gender: Male