Daniel Fortune March 5, 2021
Today’s #MoreThanALawyer features attorney Daniel Fortune, Partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Daniel was nominated by Leon Hampton.
As a Partner with Bradley, Daniel Fortune represents clients in matters involving cybersecurity, white collar defense, government enforcement actions and regulatory compliance. In addition, Fortune has litigated more than 75 jury trials in federal and state courts involving complex matters and computer forensics. His clients value his proactive approach, as well as his commitment to protecting and defending their best interests and reputations.
Prior to joining Bradley, Fortune served as the lead cybersecurity attorney at a litigation boutique, and as a state prosecutor and federal prosecutor litigating matters involving computer forensics, white collar crime and government investigations. As the Deputy Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division, he supervised major cybercrime, white collar fraud, public corruption, asset forfeiture and national security matters. He also served as the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Coordinator with top-secret security clearance, working on matters involving cleared defense contractors. In addition, Fortune supervised national and international investigations related to internet crime, money laundering, and cryptocurrencies.
But perhaps his most important work happens outside the office, accompanied by titles like “Coach” or “Dad.” Fortune was an athlete for most of his life, and now it’s something he shares with both of his children. He played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track through high school. While in college he played football and ran track.
“I’m a lawyer for a reason,” laughed Fortune. “I wasn’t ever going to make it as an athlete, but [sports] helped me with discipline, work ethic, how to be a good teammate - all those important life lessons.” He said he wants to help instill that in the next generation – his kids, as well as his kids’ friends and peers.
“I love sports,” he said. “It’s also a good distraction. My law practice is mostly cyber security, so sometimes it’s very depressing – people doing very bad things to one another.”
Fortune has coached both his children since each of them began playing sports at 4 years old.
“[Coaching] allows me to be present in their lives,” said Fortune. “When you have a demanding career/clients, you have the ability not to be present, but my priority is to be sure the next generation is learning the lessons I want them to learn.”
Coach Fortune and his son will participate in their first baseball tournament of the season this weekend, and we wish them the best of luck!
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