Daniel L. McClain

Daniel L. McClain

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Kansas City, MO

The McClain Law Firm, LLC
 | 9229 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114
Phone: 816-523-4667
Fax: 816-523-5667
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006, 2009 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (70%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (20%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Dan McClain represents businesses and individuals.  He specializes in business litigation; shareholder disputes and "business divorces;" loan and guaranty cases; construction matters; and property disputes, including eminent domain (condemnation) and commercial landlord-tenant.  Dan began his career as a law clerk to the Chief Judge of the U.S. District for the Western District of Missouri.  Since entering private practice in 1994, Dan has handled all manner of business, construction and real estate matters with values totaling in the hundred millions of dollars.  First-chair trial and arbitration experience, with substantial complex litigation and class action experience.  Recent clients include:  Fortune 500 financial services and logistics companies, a national hotel franchisee and management company, developers, contractors, lenders, borrowers/guarantors, commercial landlords, small businesses, and individual business owners and investors.


    About Daniel McClain

    Admitted: 1993, Missouri

    Professional Webpage: http://www.danmcclainlaw.com/


    • Best Lawyers in America (2015-2018)

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Board of Directors, Lawyers Association of Kansas City (LAKC) (2011-2018); Member (2008-present)
    • Chair, Business Litigation Committee, Kansas City Missouri Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) (2016-2017); Committee Member (2010-present)
    • Member, The Missouri Bar (1993-present)
    • Member, Federal Courts Advocates Section, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) (2008-present)

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Legal Advisor, Kaw Prairie Lutheran/Presbyterian Church (2009-present)
    • Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 351(2010-present)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker, Annual Business Litigation CLE Seminar: "Recovering Lost Profits", Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2017
    • Author, "Recovering Lost Profits in Missouri and Kansas", Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Business Litigation Handbook, 2017
    • Opening Day CLE:  "Covenants Not to Compete in Missouri and Kansas", Author/Speaker, Lawyers' Association of Kansas City, 2015
    • "Evidence and Expert Testimony Best Practices:  Supporting Your Case", Author/Speaker, National Business Institute


    • In three-week arbitration, successfully defended design-build contractor against claims by owner arising from construction of industrial facility under cost-plus contract.  Owner sought $19.4 million for alleged design defects, financial irregularities and project mismanagement.  Client admitted partial liability.  Arbitrators awarded owner less than 1% of amount claimed.  (2012)
    • In consumer class action cases arising from residential second mortgage loans, represented Fortune 100 national bank subsidiary and other financial services companies.  Obtained summary judgment in favor of clients based on expiration of statute of limitations.  Affirmed on appeal. (2015)    
    • After bench trial, judgment entered in favor of Client/Landlord against Defendant/Tenant on claims for rent, possession and title to $1 million in furniture, fixtures and equipment at commercial lease space.  District Court of Wyandotte County, Kansas.  (2009)
    • In two-week JAMS arbitration, successfully defended design-build contractor in claim by subcontractor arising from construction of refinery.  Subcontractor claimed $12 million for alleged delays, disruption and productivity losses.  Client admitted partial liability.  Arbitrators awarded claimant $3.6 million, within predicted range of exposure and less than client's final settlement offer.  (2010)
    • In one-week federal jury trial, represented employer suing employee for breach of non-compete agreement.  Jury rendered verdict for client.  Client awarded over $650,000 in damages, attorneys' fees, costs and prejudgment interest.  (2016)

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • "Outstanding Continuing Legal Education Contributor," awarded by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association for service as chair of the Business Litigation Committee, 2017

    Educational Background:

    • J.D., University of Iowa College Of Law, 1992
    • B.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa, 1988

    Industry Groups

    • Construction
    • Financial Services
    • Real Estate
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    Office Location for Daniel L. McClain

    9229 Ward Parkway
    Kansas City, MO 64114

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    Last Updated: 6/30/2019

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