Dan Lawrence is a native Kansan who attended the University of Kansas and earned his undergraduate degree in May of 2003. While at KU and following graduation, he worked for six years as a technical writer, programmer, and project manager for Kansas City-area software companies. He received his Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law in May, 2008, graduating first in his class after earning the Shamberg Johnson Scholarship, the Flloyd "Nick" Cossman Scholarship, and the JL Weigand Notre Dame Legal Education Trust scholarship. He received CALI awards and top scores in approximately two-thirds of his law school classes. Dan served as a Technical Editor for the Washburn Law Journal and 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). 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 note and comment of the year, respectively.
Dan's IT experience to provide him with a rare perspective that is becoming increasingly valuable as network technology pervades every aspect of business and the law. Since joining Fleeson Gooing, Dan has been able to bring this knowledge to bear for the benefit of his clients. 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.
Dan 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.
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 False Claims Act.
In addition, Dan has been involved in appellate matters, having briefed appeals to the Kansas Court of Appeals, the Kansas Supreme Court, and the Tenth Circuit 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 volunteers for Wichita Habitat for Humanity and has served on that organization's marketing committee, and 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 program 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.