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Overview

With a gift for oral argument and the courtroom, Dawn represents clients in complex commercial litigation matters and assists with eDiscovery techniques.

Dawn was drawn to the courtroom from the beginning of her legal career: she knew she loved constructing and presenting arguments, negotiating with opposing counsel, and collaborating with team members to build compelling cases. Her first interest was criminal law, and she served in the prosecutor’s offices in both Platte and Clay County for more than 15 years, eventually supervising a staff of 12 prosecuting attorneys. Nearly every day found her in the courthouse, and she ended her time there in the position of Chief Assistant Prosecutor. In this role she handled the recruiting process for new attorneys, supervised multiple prosecutors and enjoyed prepping and presenting the grand jury cases. Dawn later transitioned to civil litigation and eDiscovery work before joining Husch Blackwell.

Today, Dawn assists with a variety of commercial litigation matters and is particularly well-versed in commercial lease negotiations. A member of the firm’s eDiscovery Solutions team, she helps clients create strategic discovery plans utilizing advanced technology. Alongside her extensive experience in eDiscovery for civil litigation, Dawn also draws on her time in criminal law, where she was well aware of the value of fully examining and gathering all possible evidence for a case.

With a passion for building arguments and advocating for clients, Dawn knows the court system inside and out. A persuasive and skilled negotiator, she has a gift for working with opposing counsel to facilitate positive outcomes early in the litigation process. Clients can trust Dawn to position them for the best result possible.

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Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • B.A., Park University
    • Criminal Law
    • summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City


*Contact Dawn to set up an in-person consultation by appointment in the Kansas City office.
Experience
  • Handled eDiscovery for Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission investigations.
  • Assisted with commercial property transitions resulting from massive merger between mobile communications providers.
  • Served as guardian ad litem for minors in juvenile court.
  • Served as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Chief Deputy Prosecutor for Clay County.
Outside the Office

Dawn absolutely loves to travel, especially to coastal and beach destinations. Some of her favorites include Turks & Caicos and the Cayman Islands, where she was married, as well as California. Dawn is known among family and friends for her talent and passion for helping others plan vacations—she finds it fun to plan even if she’s not the one going on the trip.

Dawn also loves the ballet world and has studied classical ballet throughout her life. She received an apprentice position with the Chicago Ballet in her youth and continued to study at the Westport Ballet Company in law school. She’s now an avid supporter of the Kansas City Ballet, attending several performances and events throughout the season.

When she’s at home, Dawn enjoys simply spending time with her teenage son and daughter, whom she describes as the pride of her life. Both kids are gifted athletes involved in multiple sports, with the family often traveling for their games.

Community Leadership

Dawn deeply values community service, a passion she aims to pass on to her children. The family frequently volunteer together, collecting and distributing donations for underserved populations and participating in Salvation Army drives.