J. Nixon Daniel, III

J. Nixon Daniel has practiced law in Pensacola for over 40 years, litigating on behalf of Baptist Hospital, Gulf Power Company, Southern Company, physicians and other individuals in both state and federal court. He is AV rated under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system. His litigation experience includes significant personal injury claims, wrongful death litigation, class actions and business litigation. He has been lead counsel or co-lead counsel in class action claims involving fiber optics, the proper reimbursement of health care providers by payers, and real property matters.

Mr. Daniel has tried over 100 cases to verdict and has been involved in many others which were settled at mediation or otherwise prior to trial. His litigation experience includes both the representation o defendants and plaintiffs.


University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida

  • J.D. (With Honors, Order of the Coif) – 1976

Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, North Carolina

  • B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) – 1974
  • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
  • Honors: Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics)
  • Honors: Dean’s List
  • Major: Economics
Bar Membership
  • Florida, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2006
  • Texas, 2014
Representative Cases
  • Board of Trustees of Bay Medical Center v. Humana Military Health Services, 447 F3rd 1370 (C.A. Fed 2006) (Federal Cir. Ct. of Appeal 2006)
  • Gulf Power Co. v. Harper, 940 So. 2d 535 (1st DCA 2007) (First District Ct. of Appeal 2006)
  • O’Neal v. Blackerby, 973 So. 2d 1160 (Fla. 1st DCA 2007)
  • Ballard-Cannon Development Corp. v. Sandman Properties and Development, LLC, 933 So. 2d 1251 (Fla. 1st DCA 2006)
  • Certain London Market Insurers v. Associated Aviation Underwriters, Inc., 891 So. 2d 601 (1st DCA 2005)
  • Havaco of America LTD v. Hill, 255 F3rd 1321 (11th Cir. 2001)
  • Loadholtz v. Andrews, 855 So. 2d 1241 (Fla. 1st DCA 2003)
  • Santa Rosa Island Authority v. Pensacola Beach Pier, 8334 So. 2d 261 (Fla. 1st DCA 2002)
  • Baptist Health Care Corporation
  • Gulf Power Company
  • Southern Company
Community/Civic Involvement
  • Helping Hands (Hurricane Relief Advice), 2004-2005
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Omnicron Delta Epsilon
Professional Associations
  • Florida Bar Association, Member, 1977 – Present
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member, 1990 – Present
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