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Daniel R. Sokol

Senior Counsel

Areas of Concentration

  • Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) Proceedings
  • Complex Financial and Contested Custody Family Law Matters
  • Enforcement and Modification of Existing Family Law Judgments
  • Premarital and Post-Marital Agreements

Experience at Work

Dan is a skilled litigator and a trained mediator who represented individuals and families in complex, high-stakes, frequently emotionally charged and often high-profile family law proceedings, prior to his retirement at the end of 2014. During his 40 years of active law practice Dan also provided business counsel and representation to small business owners and served as a litigation consultant and an expert witness. He also was appointed as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for St. Louis County, as a Municipal Judge for the City of St. Louis, and as an Alternate Judge for the City of Clayton.

In the Community

Dan is and has been active in the St. Louis community and has served as a board member of community, civic and professional nonprofit organizations, including Safe Connections, St. Louis County Domestic & Family Violence Council, National Center for Violence Prevention, American Jewish Committee, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Missouri Lawyers Credit Union, Missouri Professional Liability Review Board Authority, and Old Town Clayton Neighborhood Association.

Dan was previously appointed by the Administrative Judge of the Family Court of St. Louis County to serve on several of its standing and special committees. He was elected to serve three terms on the Board of Governors of the Missouri Bar and served on many of its special and regular committees and task forces. He is a past president of the Missouri Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has chaired the Family Law Committee of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) and served as vice-chair of the Missouri Bar’s Family Law Section.

Memberships & Associations

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Family Law Section
  • St. Louis County Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar, Family Law Section
  • The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
  • Appointed member of the St. Louis County Domestic and Family Violence Council, including service on its Executive Committee (1996 to 2003)

Awards & Designations

  • The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Best Lawyers®, Family Law, St. Louis, 1993 – 2016
  • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers
    • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers List, Super Lawyer – Family Law, 2005 – 2017
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (designated and elected 1991)
  • Associate Editor, St. Louis University School Law Journal
  • Order of Woolsack, St. Louis University School of Law Honor Society

Publications

  • Chapter Author, Missouri Family Law Deskbook, 5th Ed., The Missouri Bar (1996) and annual supplements through 2009
  • Chapter Co-Author, Missouri Criminal Practice Deskbook, The Missouri Bar (1979)
  • St. Louis University Law Journal.
    Casenote: Miller v. California, 18 St.L.U.L.J. 297 (Winter, 1973)

Presentations

Dan has presented at more than fifty continuing legal education programs for the Missouri Bar Association, American Bar Association, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, University of Missouri, and others.

Licensed to Practice

  • Missouri

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, cum laude (1974)
  • B.S., Business New York University (1970)
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