Joel A. Daniel

Shareholder || Greenville

Joel (“Buddy”) Daniel is the practice group leader for the firm’s employee benefits practice.  Mr. Daniel has extensive legal and professional experience in the areas of employee benefits and related taxation matters.  More specifically, Mr. Daniel’s practice includes representation in the areas of qualified retirement plans, welfare benefit plans, fringe benefit plans, multiemployer plans, executive and nonqualified deferred compensation.  Mr. Daniel also represents clients in employee benefits claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).  He is certified as a specialist in taxation law by the South Carolina Supreme Court.  He served on the South Carolina Supreme Court Tax Law Specialization Advisory Board (Chair 2005-2009).

In addition to his experience as an attorney, Mr. Daniel has practiced accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.  He is a frequent speaker to professional groups on employee benefit matters.

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For more than 20 years, Mr. Daniel has represented clients in qualified retirement plan, welfare benefit plan and nonqualified plan/executive compensation matters.  Mr. Daniel’s practice has included representation in numerous audit and correction matters before the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor.


  • J.D., University of South Carolina, 1983
  • B.S., College of Charleston, 1977

Admittance to Practice

  • South Carolina
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association Tax Council
  • South Carolina Supreme Court Tax Law Specialization Advisory Board
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants


  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Symposium - "Arbitration Agreements and Other Ways to Insulate Your 401(k) Plan From Fee Litigation" - Phoenix - May 9, 2018
  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Acquisition and Integration: Harmonizing New Voices Into One Chorus" - Boca Raton - November 10, 2017
  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Mr. Trump Goes to Washington: Labor and Employment Developments in the First Year of the Trump Administration" - Boca Raton - November 9, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Panel Discussion: It’s Going to Be Huge! The Trump Administration and Employers" - San Diego - May 4, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Symposium - "Is Your Plan "Vaccinated" Against the Epidemic of Plan Fee Litigation?" - Austin - March 23, 2017
  • May 1, 2009 - Employee Benefit News - "New HIPAA Regs Could Bring More Enforcement, Lawsuits"
  • August 18, 2006 - Inside Counsel - "Five Things You Need to Know About Pension Reform"
  • BTI Client Service All Star 2017
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent Rated
  • Best Lawyers Greenville Employee Benefits Lawyer of the Year, 2011, 2012 and 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • South Carolina Super Lawyer
  • BTI Client Service All-Star (2017)