By helping clients who have been harmed in accidents or by dangerous products, Dan Haltiwanger seeks justice not only for those he represents but also for consumers everywhere.
He helped secure one of the largest class action settlements in South Carolina history, an agreement that resulted in $146 million in rebates for utility customers. Those refunds came after a failed nuclear project that cost consumers $2 billion.
Along with his partner Brady Thomas, Dan represented over 80 people injured by exploding gas cans. Most of the cases were against Blitz U.S.A., which at the time the largest gas-can manufacturer in the world. Their litigation resulted in the industry agreeing to federal regulation requiring flame arresters (a simple device that prevents explosions) be installed in all gas cans. Dan was also selected to serve on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee for the Blitz U.S.A. bankruptcy, which resulted in payment of $163 million to burn victims.
Dan also represented dozens of people whose SUVs had rolled over after tire malfunctions. That litigation prompted Ford and Firestone to redesign their products.
His work has led to highway improvements from which everyone benefits, such as a case where he examined a stretch of Interstate 20 between Aiken and Columbia. After studying weather, engineering and traffic data, he determined the faulty paving was to blame for many serious auto accidents. The road was repaired as a result.
Additionally, Dan’s legal practice includes a variety of personal injury and product liability cases, including mass torts, class action suits, and other complex litigation.
A native of Columbia, Dan earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations and rhetoric in communications at the University of Virginia. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was on the editorial board of the South Carolina Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.
Following law school, Dan clerked for two years for South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal. The experience gave him a well-rounded perspective on many areas of the law.
Dan lives in Aiken with his children Diana and William. In his free time, he enjoys fishing for red drum in the rivers and tidal creeks near Edisto Island.
Disclaimer: Any information posted about cases is intended only to be representative of the firm’s practice. These examples are not intended to, and cannot be relied upon, to predict the results in any other case.
- University of South Carolina, J.D., 1998
- University of Virginia, B.A., 1995
- South Carolina, 1995
- South Carolina Bar
- South Carolina Association for Justice: Board Member, Elections Chair
- Member, Editorial Board, South Carolina Law Review
Best Lawyers in America, 2021
- Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs
- Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
- Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs