Hortman Harlow Bassi Robinson & McDaniel, PLLC
Chris McDaniel of Laurel is a busy man. A partner in the Hortman Harlow Bassi Robinson & McDaniel firm, he also serves as a state senator, co-owns a real estate business, writes for four newspapers and a website and is a fill-in host for a radio program. His legal practice primarily focuses on insurance and corporate defense.
A graduate of William Carey University and the University of Mississippi School of Law, McDaniel served as a federal law clerk for Charles W. Pickering Sr. before joining the Laurel firm that is one of South Mississippi’s oldest.
He regards his service as a state senator as a significant accomplishment. “I had the honor of drafting, authoring and co-authoring numerous new laws in the past three years,” he said. “In so doing, I believe that service has been my most significant professional accomplishment from a leadership in law standpoint.”
Brett W. Robinson, a friend and professional colleague, says McDaniel exemplifies leadership and integrity. “Chris has accomplished many things; however, it is my belief that his accomplishments will only be exceeded by those things he has set as goals for himself, his family and his community in the future.”
McDaniel also has a thriving pro-bono practice representing dozens of citizens in various matters each year, including Pro-Life Mississippi, the state’s largest and most active pro-life organization. In 2007, he began giving away holiday turkeys to needy families. His community service has resulted in numerous honors, including 2010 Laurel Leader Call Citizen of the Year, Who’s Who in American Politics, Pine Belt Counselors’ Association Meritorious Service Award, Desk & Derrick Club Certificate of Appreciation and honorary inductee into Alpha Sigma Lambda.
He’s proud of the legal profession and works to communicate honor and professionalism to others. “I do my best to demonstrate a high degree of professionalism in my role as a senator and as an attorney,” he said. “The legal profession’s reputation has been tarnished over the past decade with many Mississippians becoming very suspicious and distrusting of lawyers in general. In every speech I give, I make it a point to rehabilitate the profession in the eyes of the public.”
In addition to his father, McDaniel lists Justice Antonin Scalia and Judge Pickering as role models. While serving a clerkship with Pickering, he met Justice Scalia. “In my conversations with both men, I learned the value of hard work,” he said. “I likewise learned the importance of applying one’s intellect in the most rigorous fashion possible.”
More on Sen. Chris McDaniel:
Family: Wife, Jill; son, Cambridge
Hobbies: Basketball, weight lifting, writing, reading, traveling
Lawyer to have lunch with: Thomas Jefferson
Best lawyer movie: A Few Good Men.
Role model: My father, Carlos McDaniel
Top passions: Family, God, legal and political philosophy
Career goal: To be remembered as an honest, hardworking and successful person
What drives to succeed: Striving for a legacy of excellence is important. I want my son to be proud of me
First job: Lifeguard
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