Dan Lawrence graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s degree in 2003. While at KU, and following graduation, he worked for six years as a technical writer, programmer, and project manager for several Kansas City-area software companies. He received his Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law in May of 2008, graduating first in his class and earning CALI awards and top scores in more than two-thirds of his law school classes, while also serving as an editor and staffer for the Washburn Law Journal. In that capacity 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 the faculty of Washburn University Law School selected to receive the John F. Kuether Memorial Faculty Award for the best student-authored note and comment of the year, respectively.
Dan’s IT 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. His knowledge of networking principles and electronic commerce assisted the firm in obtaining the favorable settlement of a case in which personal jurisdiction was challenged. In another instance, Dan’s understanding of web-based applications and related security principles was instrumental in persuading the Defense Criminal Investigative Service of the United States Office of the Inspector General to close a potentially costly investigation of a government contractor client. Dan’s knowledge of networking principles—how information is stored, in what forms, where, 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.
In addition to his technology-centric practice, Dan also works extensively in both the transaction and litigation sides of oil and gas law. He has assisted in lease negotiation as well as many aspects of the firm’s representation of royalty owners, both through class actions and individually. With other members of the firm’s oil and gas practice, he has extensively explored royalty payment and lease-related issues that are of paramount concern to Kansas royalty owners. He has represented landowners in connection with eminent domain proceedings related to interstate gas and oil pipelines, underground gas storage fields, and other, similar takings.
Dan has also participated in the defense of several prolonged qui tam lawsuits filed against government contractors under the federal False Claims Act. With the firm’s Steve Robison, he co-authored the first article regarding the new Kansas False Claims Act, which was modeled on the federal Act. In addition, Dan has been involved in appellate matters, having briefed or argued appeals before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Kansas Supreme Court, Kansas Court of Appeals, Colorado Supreme Court, and Colorado Court of Appeals.
Dan 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 and sits on the Inn’s executive committee, is active in the Wichita Bar Association’s technology and civil practice committees, and regularly writes for the WBA’s monthly journal, the Bar-O-Meter. He is 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)