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Dan Brown, Attorney at Law - About Us

Daniel R. Brown
Dan Brown was born in St. Louis, Missouri on December 10, 1951. His father, Montie Brown, was an over-the road truck driver and a dock foreman and his mother, Ilene Brown, was a housewife. Dan's father had a sixth-grade education and his mother completed the eighth grade. Dan Brown's parents struggled financially, and worked extremely hard to overcome the disadvantages caused by a lack of formal education while raising their three sons and providing a home for their family. In 1969, Dan's father was "laid off" from his job of over 24 years as a dock foreman after filing a Workers Compensation Claim for a job-related injury. The "lay-off" turned out to be permanent and occurred a few months before his father completed the 25 years necessary to become vested in his retirement fund, causing his father to lose the vast majority of his retirement benefits. This happened before the enactment of laws that now protect workers in the vesting of retirement benefits and that protect injured employees against termination and descrimination for exercise of their Worker's Compensation rights. Dan never forgot the devastating impact this experience had on his Dad and on his family financially. He decided right then that he wanted to represent people who were faced with the loss of their homes and everything they had worked their entire lives for, because of injuries they suffered at the hands of wrongdoers.

Educational Background
Dan grew up in Jefferson County, Missouri, south of St. Louis, and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1970. He was a three sport letterman at Hillsboro and was selected as the Hillsboro High School representative to the St., Louis Post Dispatch Scholar-Athlete Program in 1970. Dan attended Jefferson Community College in his hometown of Hillsboro, Missouri on a baseball scholarship from 1970-1972, an opportunity that was vitally important in helping Dan obtain a college education in light of his family's modest financial means.

After obtaining his Associates degree from Jefferson College in May of 1972, Dan completed his undergraduate studies at Southwest Missouri State University in 1974, by obtaining a B.S. degree in Marketing.

Legal Education
In September of 1975, Dan was accepted into Law School at Oklahoma City University, where he received the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law, and was selected to serve on the staff of the Oklahoma City University Law Review. After attending one year at Oklahoma City University School of Law, in 1976, Dan transferred to The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1978.

Professional Associations and Memberships
Dan Brown received his license to practice law from The State of Missouri in September of 1978, and has practiced continuously since that time in state and federal courts in Missouri, Kansas, Illiniois, Iowa, California, Florida, Texas, and Washington D.C. Dan is a member of the bar of the following courts: Missouri Bar, United States District Court for the Western District District of Missouri, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, United States District Court for the District of Kansas, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and The Supreme Court of the United States. Dan is a member of The Missouri Bar Association, The American Bar Association, and The Kansas City Bar Association, where he was chairman of the Volunteer Attorney Project Committee in 2000, and The Cass County Bar Association. He is a member of the Missouri Assocation of Trial Attorneys where he has served as a member of the Board of Governors and currently serves as a member of the Emergency Response Team in a joint effort with The American Red Cross. Dan is also a member of the American Association of Justice, a national trial attorneys association. Dan received an "AV" rating which is the preeminent rating given by Martindale Hubbell, a Legal Peer Review Rating Association. An “AV” rating is achievable only after admission to the bar for at least ten years, and indicates the highest level of legal ability and reflects the confidential opinions of the Bar and Judiciary. Since achieving that rating in 1998, Dan has been a member of The Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Publications and Seminar Presentations
Dan is the author of "Strict Liability", Chapter 15, II Missouri Tort Law, Missouri Bar Association, 3rd Edition, 2003. He has also given seminar presentations and prepared seminar materials for the Missouri Bar Association, Kansas City Bar Association, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, National Business Institute, and Lorman Education Services on Premises Liability, Trial Practice, Out-of State Deposition Procedure, Technology and Time Management, Advanced Litigation for Paralegals, Missouri Workers Compensation, The Missouri Second Injury Fund, and The Interrelationship of The Missouri Workers Compensation Law, Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Life with a Purpose
Dan Brown has served as a Deacon at First Baptist Church of Independence, as a member of that Church's stewardship and personnel committees, and as a church trustee. He also taught Sunday School for ten years at FBC. Dan currently serves as the President of Gateway Church of Blue Springs, where he and his wife have acted as Life Group Leaders.

Dan and his wife, Michelle, have been married since 1977 and have two children—Andrea and Kellen.