Tackling “Impossible” Cases with Daniel Callahan
Episode 2231st October 2022 • The Litigation War Room • Maxwell Goss
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On this episode, Maxwell Goss speaks with legendary California litigator, Dan Callahan. Dan has the rare distinction of having achieved record verdicts and settlements in business, personal injury, insurance bad faith, and employment litigation. Dan discusses some of his biggest wins, including the $934 million jury verdict in a business contract and fraud case. Dan also talks about how he uses creativity and hard work to tackle what he calls “impossible" cases.


“I prepare to meet the big bad wolf, the Goliath, in the courtroom.

So I make my opposition into Goliath.

And when we show up in trial, they are not really Goliath.

But we come prepared to beat Goliath, and that’s why we get the results.”

-Daniel Callahan


  • 01:28 - About Dan Callahan and his law practice
  • 05:52 – The importance of creativity in litigation
  • 11:34 – Neria vs. The City of Dana Point
  • 16:16 – The Beckman Coulter case
  • 20:59 – What a $900M+ verdict did for Dan’s law practice
  • 21:48 – The Farmers Insurance case
  • 23:43 – How Dan prepares for a case
  • 26:53 – Dan’s advice for litigators taking on difficult cases
  • 29:02 – The importance of preparation in litigation
  • 31:06 – Where to find Dan Callahan online


Daniel Callahan opened his own law office on St. Patrick’s Day in 1984. Throughout his career, Daniel J. Callahan has always been known as one of the top trial attorneys in California. Daniel Callahan also provides corporate consulting to law firms and lawyers regarding litigation and strategy through Callahan Consulting Group LLC.

Dan’s notable jury verdicts included a $934,000,000 jury verdict obtained after a three-month jury trial in a complex business dispute entitled Beckman Coulter vs. Flextronics. This unanimous verdict was the largest in California in 2003 and remains the largest in Orange County history. He also went on to obtain a $50,000,000 settlement in a road design case against the City of Dana Point. Exclusive of large class actions, this continues to be the largest personal injury settlement in United States history. Dan also obtained, after a two-month jury trial, a $38 million settlement on behalf of a class of newspaper delivery drivers against The Orange County Register. This is still the highest employment settlement in Orange County’s history.


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Callahan & Blaine Wins $934 Million Judgment


The Litigation War Room is hosted by litigation lawyer Maxwell Goss. Max represents clients in intellectual property and business cases throughout Michigan and around the country, bringing forceful advocacy and creative solutions to every case he handles.


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