The Daniel & Beshara, P.C. attorneys are civil rights attorneys that have represented plaintiffs in a variety of cases seeking remedies for racial discrimination and racial segregation in: government supported housing, unequal conditions in minority neighborhoods, exclusionary zoning, rental housing discrimination, environmental protection, and voting rights.
Michael M. Daniel
Michael Daniel graduated from SMU Law School in 1974 and is licensed to practice law in Texas. He was employed as a staff attorney at Dallas Legal Services Foundation, Inc. from 1974 through September 1979. During that time he represented clients in a variety of state and federal court impact litigation and law reform activities. Kamarath v. Bennett, 568 S.W.2d 658 (Tex. 1978)(implied warranty of habitability); Sims v. Century Kiest Apts., 567 S.W.2d 526 (Tex. Civ. App. - Dallas 1978)(retaliatory eviction illegal); Compton v. Naylor, 393 F.Supp. 575 (N.D. Tex. 1975)(eviction appeal procedure unconstitutional); Jacobs v. Huie, 447 F.Supp. 478 (N.D. Tex. 1976)(unsuccessful attack on landlord lien law); Graves v. City of Dallas, 532 S.W.2d 106 (Tex. Civ. App. - Dallas 1975) and Bell v. Craig, 555 S.W.2d 210 (Tex. Civ. App. - Dallas 1977)(suits requiring City to implement civilian review of police misconduct).
In 1979 Daniel and Betsy Julian were hired by East Texas Legal Services to represent that organization’s clients in federal court civil rights and poverty law cases. Then, in 1981, he and Ms. Julian formed the law firm as Julian & Daniel. Ms. Julian left the firm in 1988. The firm then changed its name to Michael M. Daniel, P.C. The firm became Daniel & Beshara, P.C. in 2004.
Laura B. Beshara
Laura Beshara graduated from SMU Law School in 1991 and is licensed to practice law in Texas. She was an editor on the law school's Southwestern Law Journal. She and Daniel have been practicing law together since 1999. Prior to graduation, she was a law clerk with Michael M. Daniel, P.C. She has specialized in civil rights cases that seek both the end to practices that exclude minority residents from predominantly White areas and an end to the unequal conditions of slum and blight that the Federal and local governments maintain in many minority communities. She is one of the most experienced trial and appellate lawyers in the country at seeking and obtaining remedies for the actions of various public and private defendants that have caused the perpetuation of racial segregation.