Meet Dan Zmijewski

Dan is a first generation American and the first lawyer in his family. For more than fifteen years, Dan has represented individuals and corporations in state or Federal courts. After graduating in the top twenty percent of his law school class, Dan started his legal career working at one of the largest law firms in the country where he managed, tried, or settled a full spectrum of cases representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

During that time, Dan discovered his passion for representing individuals and small companies rather than large entities that solved problems by throwing money at them. With a deep desire to use the judicial system as a tool to aid those who cannot obtain justice on their own, Dan ventured out and created DRZ Law to use his experiences to help.

Dan is a trial lawyer that uses his experience, training, and talents representing students, parents, small businesses, or entrepreneurs as plaintiffs when hurt or wronged or as defendants when meritless claims are filed. Dan also serves as a mediator with the goal of showing all parties the entire picture and seeking resolution in a middle ground.

Dan is a native of Kansas City. He grew up in Overland Park, attended Rockhurst High School, The George Washington University and the University of Kansas Law School. He now lives in Leawood with his wife and four children.

 Prior Experience

Associate, Polsinelli, PC

Education

University of Kansas School of Law

Juris Doctor, 2002

Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy

Staff Member and Articles Editor

The George Washington University

Bachelor of Arts, 1997

Rockhurst High School

Bar Admissions

Missouri, Kansas

Honors and Awards

Named “Best of the Bar” in Kansas City Business Journal by a vote of fellow attorneys

Named “Super Lawyer” and “Super Lawyer Rising Star”

Formerly Board Chair for Wonderscope Children’s Museum

Presentations and Publications:

“The Child Support Recovery Act and Its Constitutionality After U.S. vs. Lopez,”

Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, 2003

University of Kansas School of Law, “Depositions Skills Workshop,” Assistant Professor (Lawrence, Kansas) January 2014-17

University of Kansas School of Law, “Expert Witnesses: Conveying Complex Concepts to the Jury,” Assistant Professor (Lawrence, Kansas) May 2012-15

“Public Contracts and Procurement Regulations in Kansas and Missouri” Presented disputes including Alternative Dispute Resolution – Lorman Education Services (Overland Park, Kansas May 23, 2012)

“Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the issues in Missouri” Moderator and Presenter – Lorman Education Services (Kansas City, Missouri, December 7, 2011).

Meet Chris Dove

Chris finished near the top of his law school class was selected to be Editor in Chief of the Law Review. After law school, he served as a law clerk for a federal judge in the United States District Court in Kansas City, Kansas. Chris then moved to Washington, DC with his wife (who is also an attorney). He practiced law for almost a decade in Washington, DC at the United States Department of Justice and in an international law firm. At the DOJ, he pursued cases involving fraudulent tax shelters and accounting fraud. In private practice he represented companies in multi-million dollar patent infringement cases and investigated charges of international financial bribery.

Chris has tried cases involving patent litigation, tax and accounting fraud, partnership disputes, fraud, breach of contract, misrepresentation, and violation of consumer laws.

Chris and his wife, Beatriz, finally decided to move back to Kansas City in order to be closer to their families and practice a different type of law. Chris practices law because he believes in the underdog. It is what gets him excited about coming into work each day.

Chris was the first in his family to go to college, and he paid for his own undergraduate, graduate, and law school education. (In fact, his student loan lenders would tell you he is still paying for that education.) He didn’t know any lawyers growing up and neither did anyone else in his family. Chris fully understands the perspective of someone who is thinking about hiring a lawyer for the first time. As an added benefit, he won’t even make you learn Latin or other legal jargon.

Prior Experience
Of Counsel, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice

Associate, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

Clerk, The Honorable Carlos Murguia (United States District Court in Kansas City, Kansas)

Education
University of Kansas School of Law, 2003
• Editor in Chief, Kansas Law Review
• Samuel Mellinger Leadership, Scholarship, and Service Award
• Order of the Coif (top 10%)
• CALI Award (top grade) – Contracts, Water Law

University of Oregon, Masters of Science, Biology 1998

University of Kansas, Biochemistry & Philosophy, 1996

Bar Admissions
Kansas, Missouri, US Patent and Trademark Office

Honors and Awards
Named “Best of Bar” in Kansas City by a vote of fellow attorneys

2014 Class of Centurions Leaders Program, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

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(816) 333-4379

dan@drzlawfirm.com

9229 Ward Parkway, Suite 370
Kansas City, Missouri 64114