Dan’s blended practice focuses on business and real estate transactions and business litigation. He represents clients in a variety of fields, including financial, retail and industrial companies. Dan works on business acquisitions, including asset and stock purchases, purchases and sales of commercial real estate, and financing agreements, among other various transactions. He also counsels manufacturers and sellers of regulated products on issues related to product distribution, compliance with federal, state and local laws, and the drafting of contracts. Dan has worked on fact investigations, settlement negotiations and discovery matters in litigation involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, data security matters and other issues.

Dan honed his writing skills in law school, where he served as the case note editor for the University of Missouri – Kansas City’s The Urban Lawyer. He also mentored other law students as a teaching assistant for a legal writing class, and he earned the Candler S. Rogers Legal Writing Award for his published article on the religious ministerial exception to Title VII employment discrimination law. The article describes the Catholic understanding of ministry, applied the religious ministerial exception to Catholic institutions, and offered suggestions for clarifying the law in the future.

Before attending law school, Dan worked in business-to-business sales at AT&T. In his position, he developed an in-depth understanding of the telecommunications industry and an instinct for discerning the needs of his clients’ businesses. Dan also refined his ability to explain complicated, multifaceted concepts in a simple, clear way reflecting the custom needs of his clients.

Publications and Presentations

Presenter, Examining Contract Boilerplate and Why It Matters to Commercial Litigators, CLE, Association of Corporate Counsel - Tampa (with Marty Behn, September 19, 2019).

Presenter, Data Breach Litigation, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (with William Sampson, August 19, 2016).

Presenter, The Big Payback: Retaliation, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Kansas City Seminar (August 11, 2016).

William Sampson, Al Saikali & Dan Schwaller, Standing in Data Breach Cases: A Changing Legal Landscape and a Few Suggestions for Counsel, In-House Defense Quarterly, Winter 2016, at 10.

Daniel Schwaller, What is a Catholic Minister? Applying the Religious Ministerial Exception in Light of Catholic Teaching, 83 UMKC L. Rev. 473 (2014).