Dan Lawrence's first career—and his first professional love—was information technology. For six years, starting while was still a student at the University of Kansas, he worked as a programmer, technical writer, and project manager for software companies in the Kansas City area, primarily in the area of e-commerce and related technologies.
He left that career for the study of law at Washburn University in 2005, where he worked like a farmer and earned top scores in more than 2/3rds of his classes, graduating #1 out of 163 students in the class of 2008. And although he has changed careers, his love of technology continues to inspire him, and the experience and understanding he acquired in the software industry continues to serve him and his clients in all areas where the law and technology meet, ranging from routine electronic discovery disputes to complex intellectual property and cyber-security matters. He knows where information is stored and how it is lost and destroyed, and he applies that knowledge to help his clients find the facts that win cases.
Dan also works in natural resources law—oil, gas, and wind energy. He has represented both oil and gas producers and royalty owners, through class actions and individually, and has advised wind energy producers in connection with a variety of issues. He has extensively explored royalty payment and lease-related issues that are of paramount concern to Kansas landowners, and 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.
Besides graduating first in his class, Dan's legal education also including serving as an editor and staffer for the Washburn Law Journal, for which he published two articles: Case Comment, 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 Case Comment, It Really Is Just a Game: The Impracticability of Common Law Property Rights in Virtual Property, 47 Washburn L.J. 505 (2008). These articles were selected by the faculty of Washburn University Law School to receive the John F. Kuether Memorial Faculty Award for the best student-authored comment and note of the year, respectively.
Dan has presented seminars to both lawyers and non-lawyers on subjects including IT best practices for cyber security and privacy, royalty calculation and royalty obligations, computer trespass, and other topics related to technology law and natural resource law. He is also active in both the Bar and the community. Since 2008, he has served on the interview committee for recipients of the J.L. 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.