I am a semi-retired lawyer in the Kansas City area. My practice is limited to business dispute mediation, based on over 40 years experience in a wide range of experiences in federal and state court business litigation, general business practice, real estate transactions, zoning, other land use proceedings and service as an elected official.
I am a member of the Kansas and Missouri bars, as well as a Supreme Court approved mediator in both Kansas and Missouri. I also volunteer my time in the Johnson County, Kansas District Court’s pro bono mediation program for Ch. 61 cases. When practicing full-time, I was a Best Lawyer in America. My Martindale-Hubbell rating is AV and 5.0/5.0.
I enjoyed business litigation because each case exposed me to a new industry to learn. It also added a “hands-on” perspective to my general business practice. I’ve been intrigued with real estate law since law school and eagerly drilled down into the particulars of transactional real estate, zoning, and other land use approvals. My specific practice areas included:
Litigation & General Business
Bonded debt financing
Breach of contract
Business entity formation
Civil Rights – 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983 Constitutional Rights
Civil rights – Disabilities (ADA)
Civil rights – Fair housing (FHA)
Civil rights – Group homes (FHA)
Civil rights – Race, gender, etc. (Title VII)
Civil rights – Whistleblowing (False Claims Act)
Commercial landlord-tenant lease disputes
Easements, covenants & restrictions
General commercial disputes
Insurance bad faith
Mortgages/deeds of trust
Partnership/closely held business disputes
Purchase and sale of a business
Residential landlord-tenant disputes
Wage and hour disputes
Real Estate, Zoning & Land Use
Apartment leases & leasing
Billboards and signs
Commercial easements, covenants & restrictions
Options to purchase
Purchase and sale agreements
Real estate title examination
Residential easements, covenants & restrictions
Special/conditional use permits
State and federal affordable housing tax credits
State and federal rehabilitation (historic) tax credits
Tax incentive development
Wind farm leases
Dan Cofran, a Best Lawyer in America, has practiced law in Kansas City for 40 years in corporate and commercial litigation, commercial real estate transactions and land use law. He is active in Kansas City civic affairs, including serving eight years on the Kansas City, Missouri City Council, as a board member of numerous civic organizations and a recipient of many civic honors.
I have been active in Kansas City, Missouri civic affairs for the last 35 years. I was elected to the Kansas City, Missouri City Council for two four-year terms, 1987 – 1995, where I chaired the City Council’s Finance Committee and developed a keen “hands-on” interest in municipal budgeting and public finance.
I have since served on a number of civic boards reflecting my interests over the years, notably chairing the Citizens Association, Kansas City’s oldest and largest non-partisan political organization, for three years; the Historic Kansas City Foundation Board of Directors; and a number of non-partisan political campaign committees in Kansas City (Kansas City has a non-partisan form of government).
This broad depth of experience in both private practice as a lawyer and in government as an elected official has helped me successfully mediate a wide range of issues.
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Union Station’s restoration is one of my proudest public accomplishments. I developed and wrote the legislation forming a Missouri-Kansas bi-state district, passed in both states, successfully restoring downtown Kansas City’s long-empty historic Union Station, completed in 1914, including measures to overcome very high mistrust on both sides of the state line. Each side gave in a little and we got it done. Today Union Station is home to the Kansas City Science Museum, restaurants, shops, offices and more.
Dan was an excellent mediator. Even though the case did not settle, he stayed with us (both attorneys) until the case was eventually resolved. His “post mediation” work was essential to the resolution.
Dan served as a mediator in a case in which I represented a defendant who had been sued. Dan did a tremendous job of understanding each side’s position & helping to shape a resolution to this matter. Thanks to Dan’s creativity, hard work & persistence the parties were able to resolve their case before trial. I strongly recommend Dan as a mediator.
Dan was professional and knowledgeable. He understood the issues and presented alternatives and suggestions that were very helpful. The case was settled to the satisfaction of all parties and this was almost exclusively due to the job that Dan did for us. I would highly recommend Dan to anyone seeking a mediator for their litigation.