Daniel J.T. Sciano is vice president and senior attorney at the Law Offices of Tinsman, & Sciano, Inc. With over 33 years of legal experience, Dan handles complex motor vehicle accident claims, truck/tractor motor vehicle wrecks involving serious injury or death, claims regarding unreasonably dangerous and defective products involving a vast array of commercial and industrial products, premises liability claims, including oil rig and construction site serious injury and death claims, complex medical malpractice claims, and a panoply of claims brought due to catastrophic injury or death. His practice also involves civil litigation in a wide variety of areas. He has a national reputation with regard to his representation of victims (most often small children) catastrophically injured or killed as a result of stove tip-overs. He is and has been involved as both co-counsel and local counsel regarding complex consumer class action litigation. His current docket (as it has for more than a decade) is national in scope. He prides himself in not only obtaining fair and reasonable compensation for those he represents but working tirelessly in representing his clients to ensure that business practices are changed or defective products that cause serious bodily injury or death are withdrawn from the marketplace in an attempt to help ensure similar tragedies don’t happen again. Over his legal career, he has written or spoken on a vast array of legal topics and routinely speaks on a variety of legal topics for the State Bar of Texas as part of continuing legal education of other lawyers. He has also been featured on national and local TV, radio, and in the written media regarding a diverse range of legal topics.
Professional Background: Admitted to bar, 1981-Texas; 1986-Wisconsin; U.S. Supreme Court-1992; U.S. Court of Appeals-5th Circuit-1982; U.S. District Courts for the Western (1984), Southern (1994), Eastern (1995), and Northern (1995) Districts of Texas. Currently admitted pro hac vice in numerous courts and states throughout the United States.
Education: University of Wisconsin (B.S., summa cum laude, 1978); London School of Economics (Summer of 1980); St. Mary’s University School of Law (J.D., with distinction, 1981 – graduated first in his class); Member, John M. Harlen Society; Senior Associate Editor, St. Mary’s Law Journal, 1980-1981.
Memberships: San Antonio Bar Association, American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, State Bar of Wisconsin, Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) (Director), San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association (SATLA) (Director, 1988-92; Past President, 1994-95), American Association for Justice (AAJ), American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
Has served or participated in various State Bar of Texas committees or activities including the Administration of Rules of Evidence Committee (AREC), from 2006-2012.
Awards: Recognized as one of the Texas Super Lawyers, Plaintiff Personal Injury: Product Liability, 2003-2014 including being named as one of the 2013 Top 100 Super Lawyers in Texas and as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in the Central & West Texas Region in 2008, 2011-2014 by Thomson Reuters, publishers of Texas Monthly. Recognized by Woodward/White, Inc. as one of The Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation category, 1995-2014. Additionally, selected as the San Antonio Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation by Best Lawyers in America, for both 2010 and 2012.
Certifications: Board Certified – Civil Trial Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1988; Board Certified – Personal Injury Trial Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1987; Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1989.