About Gabris Law, LLC
He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri where he attended Lindbergh High School. After high school, Dan went on to play football at Western Illinois University and Northwest Missouri State University. After he finished his collegiate athletic career, he attended Missouri State University where he obtained bachelor’s degrees in (1) International Business and (2) Spanish. He also worked for the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, which led him to his first position as an investigator at a prestigious civil defense law firm in Springfield, Missouri.
After finishing undergraduate studies and leaving Springfield, Dan obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, where he graduated cum laude (with honors) and received CALI awards (highest marks in the class) in both Legal Writing and Professional Responsibility.
During law school, Dan also served as the Business Editor of the UMKC Law Review, was a founding member of the Spanish Legal Interpretation Society, and was actively involved in the Student Bar Association Mentorship program. In addition, Dan received the Excellence in Estate Planning award from UMB Bank—only one student in the law school graduating class is recognized with this award. During his fifth semester of law school, Dan taught himself Italian and subsequently attended law classes (in the Italian language) in Rome, Italy during his final semester.
Over the past 10 years, Dan has been working in various positions at law firms around Missouri, learning from and working with some of the most respected attorneys in the profession. In addition to working at several law firms, he also worked for two Missouri state judges and a United States federal judge, where he studied under their guidance in pursuit of his goal of becoming a great trial lawyer. During those experiences, Dan had the opportunity to learn how the court system works behind the scenes, which gave him valuable insight into how judges think and the processes they use to analyze the issues before them. He also had the opportunity to observe some of the top litigators in the state, and sometimes nation, argue civil and criminal jury trials as well as various other matters, such as bond reduction hearings, motions, and mediations.
For the past three years (2016-2018), Dan has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for demonstrating excellence in the practice of law (only 2.5% of attorneys in Missouri and Kansas are recognized with this award). During his career, Dan has litigated cases ranging from $2,000 to $5,000,000 in dispute and has tried numerous cases, as lead counsel, to both judges and juries.
Dan has also given several continuing legal education presentations on construction and real estate to hundreds of other lawyers in the St. Louis and Kansas City area and has spoken to brokerage firms and real estate professionals regarding common real estate cases and precautionary measures aimed at preventing litigation. He has also returned to his alma Mater, Lindbergh High School, on several occasions to speak with the students about pursuing a career in the law as well as other life matters.
Dan’s practice has been focused primarily on assisting clients with matters relating to construction and real estate, but he has also obtained significant settlements for clients who have been injured in car accidents.
Outside of work, Dan’s interests include playing sports, reading books, cooking, eating, traveling, and practicing Spanish and Italian.
Click here to see a list of Dan’s past cases.
Skills & Achievements
- Dan is a graduate of the Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy (Inn of Courts)–a program focused on teaching trial skills, ethics, and professionalism.
The program is led by the Honorable Robert E. Larsen of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri and by the Honorable W. Brent Powell of the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri and was composed of training and practical sessions where the participants would present arguments and question witnesses while receiving critiques from local judges and other trial attorneys.
- Dan has obtained a 10/10 rating from Avvo
Avvo.com is a commonly known legal profile and rating site that allows clients and peers to leave recommendations and feedback regarding each such attorney. Avvo uses a variety of criteria to determine its ratings.
- Dan received the Excellence in Estate Planning award from UMB Bank
Only one student in the law school graduating class is selected for this award. The award recognizes individuals who provide superior estate planning assistance to individuals in the Kansas City community.
- Vice Chair of the Social Committee for the Young Lawyer’s Section of the KCMBA
Dan formerly served as the vice chair of the Social Committee for the Young Lawyer’s Section of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Assocation where he worked with other members in the legal community to organize social events.
- Dan earned the highest grades in his Legal Writing and Professional Responsibility classes
Dan was recognized with CALI awards (highest grade in the class) in both Legal Writing and Professional Responsibility in law school.
Dan is currently licensed to practice law in Missouri and Kansas state courts and in the United States Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri.