Daniel Olds focuses his practice on litigation for public and private entities. Daniel has extensive litigation experience, having argued various motions and served as lead counsel in numerous bench trials. He also has extensive appellate experience, having drafted and filed briefs on behalf of clients in nearly every Texas appellate court, including the Texas Supreme Court.
Prior to joining the Firm, Daniel served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Tort Litigation Division of the Office of the Texas Attorney General. There, he represented state agencies and employees throughout all stages of the litigation process, including depositions, mediations, trial court hearings, and appeals. His government experience also includes time as the lead appellate attorney for the Texas Department of Public Safety in expunction cases. In this role, he managed the Department’s appellate strategy for expunction cases. In doing so, he served as lead counsel in numerous appeals at the state intermediate courts of appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. Daniel also served as a briefing attorney to the Honorable Jim R. Wright of the Eleventh Court of Appeals of Texas in Eastland, Texas.
Prior to his litigation career, Daniel worked as a legislative attorney for the Congressional Research Service in Washington, DC, where he provided legal counsel to members of Congress and their staff throughout the legislative process.
Daniel is also actively involved in the broader legal community. He has served for several years as a coach for the University of Texas Law School’s Thurgood Marshall Moot Court team. He has also served as an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s University Law School, teaching a class on legislation and statutory interpretation.
Responded to Petition for Review at the Texas Supreme Court after the Court requested a response; Supreme Court then denied the Petition for Review without requesting further briefing. Kutyba v. Watts and Texas A&M University, No. 19-0353.
Successfully obtained judgment affirming trial court’s granting of Rule 91a motion to dismiss lawsuit against client at Third Court of Appeals in Austin. Zawislak v. Moskow, No. 03-18-00280-CV, 2019 WL 2202209 (Tex. App.—Austin May 22, 2019, no pet. h.) (mem. op.).
Drafted brief that led to reversal of trial court’s judgment in bench trial. Ex parte Barham, 534 S.W.3d 547 (Tex. App.—Texarkana 2017, no pet.).
Successfully obtained judgment in a restricted appeal reversing the trial court’s judgment based on legally insufficient evidence. Ex parte R.J.F., No. 10-16-00148-CV, 2017 WL 1086354 (Tex. App.—Waco 2017, no pet.) (mem. op.).
Austin Bar Association, Austin Young Lawyers Association
University of Texas School of Law, Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, Moot Court Coach
The Jurisdiction of Texas Appellate Courts, The Appellate Advocate, (Vol. 32) Winter 2021
Who’s Your Client? Exploring the Attorney‐Client Relationship with Cities, Texas City Attorneys Association Summer Conference, June 2020
Ordinary Meaning, Context, and Textualism in Texas Statutory Interpretation, Texas Tech Law Review, (Vol. 52, No. 3) Spring 2020
Restricted Appeals, Appellate Law Section CLE, Dallas Bar Association, February 2020
Statutory Interpretation, Administrative Law Section CLE, Austin Bar Association, February 2020
The Often-Overlooked Appeal: Restricted Appeals in Texas, UNT Dallas Law Review ON THE CUSP, Fall 2019
Panelist, The Evolution of Statutory Construction, Austin Bench Bar Conference, Austin Bar Association, Austin, TX, May 12, 2017
Statutory Interpretation, Administrative Law Section Nuts & Bolts CLE, Austin Bar Association, Austin, TX, March 31, 2017