Perry Dampf


Dan Balhoff

Daniel J. Balhoff

Mr. Balhoff is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Perry, Atkinson, Balhoff, Mengis & Burns, L.L.C. He holds chemical engineering and law degrees from LSU. While in law school, he served as the managing editor of the Louisiana Law Review. He later clerked for the Honorable Frank J. Polozola of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, and for the Honorable Daniel A. Manion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He has authored several articles concerning insurance and constitutional issues.

Special Master Services Experience

Nearly 30 years of practice in federal and state trial and appellate litigation, including complex litigation, mass torts, and class actions

Appointed to serve as special master by Louisiana's 14th, 18th, 19th, and 23rd Judicial District Courts, as well as the Civil District Court in New Orleans and in federal Multidistrict Litigation case

Selected as court-appointed arbitrator by Louisiana 21st Judicial District Court

Served as or assisted special master in matters involving:

  • Case management
  • Pretrial discovery, including resolution of privilege issues
  • Testing protocols
  • Computer modeling
  • Allocating settlement funds to class or mass tort claimants (including development of and implementation of methodology)
  • Reviewing reasonableness of attorney's fees
  • Allocating attorney’s fees (including resolution of common fund issues)


Louisiana State University (BS – 1985; JD – 1988)


Admitted to Bar: Louisiana, 1988; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court: Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana

Member of Federal Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, Baton Rouge Bar Association, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Academy of Court Appointed Masters

AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell