The law is a second career for Dan Lawrence: before attending law school, he worked for six years as a technical writer, programmer, and project manager for several Kansas City-area software companies. That experience provides him with a rare and valuable perspective on all issues where the law and technology meet, ranging from routine electronic discovery issues to complex intellectual property disputes. Mr. Lawrence’s knowledge of networking principles—how, where, and in what forms information is stored, and how it can become lost and destroyed—is invaluable to the resolution of e-discovery issues that have become common in even moderately complex litigation.
Mr. Lawrence also works extensively on both the transaction and litigation sides of Oil & Gas Law. He has represented both producers and royalty owners, through class actions and individually. With other members of the firm’s Oil & Gas practice, he has extensively explored royalty payment and lease-related issues that are of paramount concern to Kansas landowners. Mr. Lawrence has also represented landowners in connection with eminent domain proceedings related to interstate gas and oil pipelines, underground gas storage fields, and other, similar condemnations.
Mr. Lawrence graduated first in his class of 163 students from Washburn University School of Law and earned top scores in more than two-thirds of his law school classes. During this time he also served as an editor and staffer for the Washburn Law Journal, for which he published two articles—”Just Add Plaintiff: The Seventh Circuit’s Recipe for Instant Liability Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act [Int’l Airport Ctrs., L.L.C. v. Citrin, 440 F.3d 418 (7th Cir. 2006)],” 46 Washburn L. J. 223 (2006); and “It Really Is Just a Game: The Impracticability of Common Law Property Rights in Virtual Property,” 47 Washburn L.J. 505 (2008)—which were selected by the faculty of Washburn University Law School to receive the John F. Kuether Memorial Faculty Award for the best student-authored note and comment of the year, respectively. Mr. Lawrence joined Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch in 2008 and became a member of the firm in 2013.
Mr. Lawrence is active in both the bar and the community. Since 2008, he has served on the interview committee for recipients of the JL Weigand Legal Education Trust, one of the nation’s largest legal scholarships, and was recognized as “2011 Mentor of the Year” for his participation in the Trust’s mentorship program. He regularly provides pro bono legal advice at Wichita’s Union Rescue Mission, Hilltop Urban Church, and World Impact Ministries. He is a member of the Wesley Brown Inn of Court, is active in the Wichita Bar Association’s civil practice committee, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Red Shoe Society of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Wichita.
- Business Law
- Oil & Gas
- American Bar Association
- Kansas Bar Association
- Wichita Bar Association
- Kansas Association of Defense Counsel
- Wesley E. Brown American Inn of Court
- J.L. Weigand Jr. Notre Dame Legal Education Trust
- "Just Add Plaintiff: The Seventh Circuit’s Recipe for Instant Liability Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act [Int’l Airport Ctrs. L.L.C. v. Citrin 440 F.3d 418 (7th Cir. 2006)]" 46 Washburn L. J. 223 (2006)
- "It Really Is Just a Game: The Impracticability of Common Law Property Rights in Virtual Property" 47 Washburn L.J. 505 (2008)
- "Kansas False Claims Act" Journ. Kan. Bar Assoc. (Oct. 2010)