Daniel F. Diffley - Alston & Bird LLP

Daniel F. Diffley

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012

Dan Diffley is a partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group. He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, including class action defense, insurance matters, professional malpractice, trade secrets, commercial disputes and construction/real estate litigation. As lead trial counsel, he has extensive experience representing Fortune 500 companies at trial, in arbitration proceedings and on appeal. His clients include publicly traded companies, national insurance companies and nationwide hotel chains, in addition to developers, construction companies and individuals in a wide range of commercial disputes.

Mr. Diffley is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. He is an experienced trial lawyer, and has successfully tried cases in state and federal courts and through arbitration proceedings. In addition, Mr. Diffley has extensive appellate experience and has represented clients in multiple federal and state appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Diffley received his J.D. from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 2000, where he was a member of the Wake Forest University Law Review and Moot Court Board. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1996 from the University of Richmond, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

University of RichmondBA 1996Wake Forest UniversityJ.D. 2000
Georgia Bar Association American Bar Association Atlanta Bar Association

Case History

  • Lead counsel in multiple lawsuits for one of the world’s largest construction products companies.
  • Representation of an AmLaw100 law firm in a professional malpractice action.
  • Lead counsel in multiple state class actions for a nationwide insurance carrier.
  • Lead author of a successful cert petition to the Supreme Court on behalf the world’s largest flooring products company.
  • Multi-year representation of ownership of a major mixed-use development in midtown Atlanta in various lawsuits.
  • Successfully defended the inventors of the combined PET/CT scanner, the 2000 TIME Magazine Invention of the Year, in a challenge to ownership by a major U.S. university.
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  • Obtained dismissals of multiple federal class actions on behalf of a nationwide insurance carrier for insurance claims arising out of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Lead counsel for a national general contractor in a two-week jury trial in federal court.
  • Obtained a jury verdict in federal court in favor of a publicly traded manufacturer of medical imaging equipment on a claim for breach of contract related to the purchase of medical imaging equipment. Upheld on appeal.
  • Obtained, as lead counsel, a complete defense verdict after a jury trial on behalf of an Atlanta real estate developer for alleged fraud and breach of contract in connection with a real estate transaction.
  • Part of an Alston & Bird team that obtained a $32 million arbitration award in a fraud, breach of contract and federal RICO action on behalf of a real estate developer.
  • Obtained a jury verdict in federal court on behalf of a regional construction company in a fraud and breach of contract action related to the purchase of construction equipment and a construction business.

Office Location

One Atlantic Center, Suite 4900
1201 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309-3424
United States

Practice Areas

Insurance Law