The Law Office of Daniel A. Horwitz, Esq.

Appellate Practice

Daniel Horwitz successfully represents appellate clients in appeals before the Tennessee Supreme Court, the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Tennessee Supreme Court Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel, in administrative agency appeals to Davidson County Chancery Court, and in expungement appeals in Davidson County Criminal Court.  Selected appellate case history appears below.

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Selected Appellate Case History

1.  Sullivan v. BenningfieldU.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (won)

Selected Case Documents:

       *Final Order and Consent Decree

*Sixth Circuit Opinion Reversing District Court

Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief

     –6th Circuit Brief of Plaintiffs-Appellants

Plaintiffs’ Motion to Certify State Law Claims

Plaintiffs’ Motion for Partial Summary Judgment

Plaintiffs’ Motion for Estoppel Based on Defendant Benningfield’s Public Reprimand

Defendants’ Response in Opposition to Partial Summary Judgment

Plaintiffs’ Reply to Defendants’ Response in Opposition to Partial Summary Judgment

Selected Media Coverage:

-The Tennessean: Federal court order officially ends Tennessee ‘inmate sterilization’ program

-Vice: A Tennessee County Wanted to Sterilize Inmates for Shorter Sentences. That’s Over Now.

-Fox 17: Tennessee inmates win suit against judge who offered sentencing credits for sterilization

-IFL: Federal Court Ends Tennessee’s Controversial Inmate Sterilization Program

-News Channel 5: White County Inmate Sterilization Program terminated by federal ruling

-The Tennessean: Court revives lawsuit against judge who shortened jail time if inmates got ‘sterilized’

-The Washington Post: Tennessee judge reprimanded for offering reduced jail time in exchange for sterilization

-The Tennessean: 2nd lawsuit challenges Tennessee county’s inmate birth control practice

-WSMV Channel 4: Judge under scrutiny for offering reduced sentences for vasectomies, birth control implants

-BBC News: ‘We were guinea pigs’: Jailed inmates agreed to birth control

-ScotBlog: Lawsuit Seeks to End White County’s Ongoing Sterilization Program

2. Gluzman v. Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (won)—Tennessee Supreme Court

Selected Case Documents:

Petitioner’s Principal Brief

Respondent’s Brief

Petitioner’s Reply Brief

Brief of Amici Curiae The Beacon Center, Cato Institute, and Goldwater Institute

Petition of Vanderbilt Law School and University of Tennessee College of Law

-*Order Granting Writ

 Selected Media Coverage:

-Nashville Post: Supreme Court rules Argentine can take Tennessee Bar

-Bloomberg: Argentine LL.M. With 3.9 GPA Wins Bid to Take Tenn. Bar Exam

-Nashville Post: Argentine lawyer challenging Tennessee Board of Law Examiners

-Above the Law: State Bars Foreign Student From Bar Exam — Next Stop, State Supreme Court

-Supreme Court of Tennessee Blog: The Tennessee Supreme Court Has Agreed to Hear a Laughably Egregious Case of Economic Protectionism

-ABA Journal: Vanderbilt law prof who taught Argentine LLM student backs his bid to take the bar exam

-The Tennessean: How Tennessee discriminated against a talented Vanderbilt law grad

-Cato At Liberty Blog: Even Lawyers Have the Right to Earn an Honest Living

-Beacon Center Blog: Banned From the Bar Exam

-Nashville Post: National conservative groups join local bar fight

-Nashville Post: Briefing complete in Argentine lawyer’s bar exam appeal

3. Wallace v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, et al.—Tennessee Supreme Court (won)

Selected Case Documents

*Tennessee Supreme Court’s Opinion and Order granting relief,

Wallace Principal Brief

Metro’s Principal Brief

Wallace Reply Brief

Wallace Application for Extraordinary Jurisdiction

Selected Media Coverage

-The Tennessean: Tennessee Supreme Court moves up Nashville mayoral special election to May

-The Nashville Scene: Supreme Court: Mayoral Election Must Be Held in May

-The Nashville Post: Supreme Court moves mayoral election to May

-The Nashville Business Journal: Supreme Court strikes down August mayoral election date

-Nashville Business Journal: Tennessee Supreme Court to decide fate of Nashville mayoral election

-WPLN: Nashville Must Hold Next Mayor’s Election In May, Court Rules

-Nashville Post: Supreme Court will decide mayoral election date

-Nashville Scene:  Metro Legal Could Cost the City Money for Another Election

4.  Loftis v. Rayburn—Tennessee Court of Appeals (won)

Selected Case Documents:

Brief of Plaintiff-Appellant Thomas Nathan Loftis, Sr.

Brief of Defendant-Appellee and Cross-Appellant Randy Rayburn

*Appellate Court Order Affirming Judgment and Remanding for Consideration of Attorney’s Fees Award

Selected Media Coverage:

-The Tennessean: Defamation lawsuit against restaurateur Randy Rayburn dismissed — again

-TechDirt: Appeals Court Finally Shuts Down Bogus Lawsuit Targeting A School Official For Words A Journalist Wrote

-The Nashville Business Journal: Court of Appeals dismisses lawsuit against Nashville restaurateur

-TechDirt: Judge Dumps Stupid Libel Suit Featuring A Man Suing A Third Party For Things A Journalist Said

-Nashville Business Journal: Nashville restaurateur Randy Rayburn faces $1.5 million lawsuit

-TechDirt: Former University Official Files Libel Lawsuit Against His Replacement For Things A Journalist Said

-Nashville Business Journal: Judge dismisses $1.5M suit against well-known restaurateur

-First Amendment Center’s Newseum Institute: Unusual Defamation Suit Targets Source of Story

5.  Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws v. Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance, Registry of Election Finance, et al.Tennessee Court of Appeals (won)

Selected Case Documents:

*Court of Appeals Opinion Affirming Judgment

*Chancery Court Memorandum and Order

*Second Chancery Court Order Granting Attorney’s Fees

*Chancery Court Order Awarding Attorney’s Fees

*Chancery Court Order Granting Motion for Upward Adjustment of Attorney’s Fees

Plaintiff’s Complaint

Plaintiff’s Memorandum of Law in Support of a Preliminary Injunction

Defendants’ Answer

Plaintiff’s Pre-Trial Brief

Defendants’ Pre-Trial Brief

September 26, 2018 Transcript of Proceedings

Principal Brief of Appellants BECF and Davidson DA

Brief of Appellee Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws

Reply Brief of Appellants BECF and Davidson DA

Amicus Brief of the Beacon Center of Tennessee 

Brief of Amici Curiae Goldwater Institute and Liberty Justice Center

Selected Media Coverage:

-The Tennessean: Appeals court tosses Tennessee laws that created a donation blackout for nonpartisan PACs

-The Tennessean: Nashville judge rules against state in lawsuit over ‘blackout period’ for PACs

-Nashville Post: Court strikes down ‘blackout period’ campaign finance provision

-The Tennessean: Tennessee sued over PAC contributions ‘blackout period’ before elections

6.  Fraternal Order of Police v. Metropolitan Government & Community Oversight NowTennessee Court of Appeals (won)

Selected Case Documents:

*Court of Appeals Memorandum Opinion Affirming Judgment

FOP Court of Appeals Brief

Metro Court of Appeals Brief

Community Oversight Now Court of Appeals Brief

*Tennessee Supreme Court Order Denying FOP’s Rule 10 Application

FOP Rule 10 Application

Community Oversight Now Rule 10 Response

               *Tennessee Supreme Court Order Denying Appeal

Selected Media Coverage:

-The Tennessean: Community oversight board belonged on the Nashville ballot, appeals court says; vote stands

-The Nashville Scene: Nashville Police Union Loses (Again) in Legal Fight Against Community Oversight

-The Nashville Scene: Community Oversight Won Big Despite the Campaign to Defeat It

-The Tennessean: Tennessee Supreme Court won’t touch suit challenging community oversight board

7.  Deja Vu of Nashville, et al. v. Metropolitan Government, et al.—U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (won)

Selected Case Documents:

*Sixth Circuit Opinion Affirming Dismissal of Plaintiffs’ Complaint

*Memorandum Opinion and Order Dismissing Complaint With Prejudice


–Schipani Memorandum in Support of Her Motion to Dismiss

Deja Vu’s Response to Schipani’s Motion to Dismiss

–Schipani Motion to Stay Proceedings

–Order Granting Schipani’s Motion to Stay

–Metro’s Motion to Dismiss

Selected Media Coverage:

–Nashville Business Journal: Judge sides with Metro officials, property owner in strip-club legal battle

–Patch: Nashville Strip Club Sues City Claiming ‘Conspiracy’

–Nashville Business Journal: Nashville strip club takes aim at Metro officials, local business owners in newly filed suit

–Nashville Business Journal: Metro fights back in strip-club legal battle

8.  JF v. State of Tennessee—Davidson County Criminal Court (won)

Selected Case Documents:

*Memorandum and Order Granting Expungement

9.  Tennessean v. Metro (on behalf of Amici Curiae)—Tennessee Supreme Court (won)

Selected Case Documents:

Brief of Amici Curiae Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Advocates

Tennessee Supreme Court Opinion

Tennessee Supreme Court Opinion—Dissent

10.  George v. Hargett (on behalf of Amicus Curiae)—U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (won)

Selected Case Documents:

Brief of the “Yes On 1” Campaign as Amicus Curiae

*Sixth Circuit Opinion Reversing District Court

Plaintiffs’ Petition for Rehearing En Banc

Sixth Circuit Order Denying En Banc Review

Selected Media Coverage:

-The Tennessean: Appeals court won’t reconsider Tennessee abortion measure decision

-Patch: Federal Court Denies Challenge To Tennessee Abortion Amendment

-The Tennessean: Fate of Tennessee abortion measure Amendment 1 now up to appeals court

-Pro Life News: Tennessee: Pro-Life Win as Judge Says State Counted Votes Correctly on Amendment 1

-The Tennessean: Amendment 1 plaintiffs on shaky legal ground

-News Channel 5: Vote Counting For Tennessee Abortion Measure Argued In Federal Court

-Yes on 1: Yes on 1 Files State Court Motion on Behalf of Disenfranchised Voters