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Daniel R. Garner


“By focusing on what’s practical, efficient and effective, I help my clients get results without wasting their time or money jumping through unnecessary hoops.”


  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri


J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2008

B.A., Valparaiso University, summa cum laude, 2005


With significant experience on behalf of both small and large businesses, Dan Garner brings an efficient, knowledgeable and practical approach to his work.

Dan primarily represents corporate defendants in complex commercial litigation and business disputes. He has managed all aspects of discovery, taken and defended numerous fact and expert witness depositions, argued motions in courts across the country, and been a part of the trial team for multiple, multimillion-dollar lawsuits, including on behalf of a major energy company. His courtroom experience also includes more than two years as prosecutor for the city of Black Jack, Missouri, as well as representing clients in courts across the country.

The other major focus of Dan’s practice is helping companies design, implement and operate gift cards and customer loyalty programs. Federal Regulation E requirements, as well as state laws, affect businesses of all types, and Dan assists clients to ensure their loyalty and gift card programs comply with those rules and regulations, including by drafting the necessary legal disclaimers and terms and conditions, setting expiration date policies, navigating escheat requirements, and complying with advertising and marketing regulations.

During law school, he was an editor on the Saint Louis University Law Journal as well as a student clerk for U.S. District Judge William D. Stiehl.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants, Board of Directors

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Benchmark Litigation 40 & Under Hot List, 2018-2020
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Award, 2016
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Litigation, 2015-19
  • Academic Excellence Awards & Recognitions in Torts, Constitutional Law, and Employment Relations
  • Samuel I. Sievers Writing Award, 2008
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2021-2022


Representative Matters

  • Part of lead counsel team for BP in connection with dealers’ claims of unfair gas pricing. In a five-week bellwether trial, a jury found in favor of the energy company on the pricing claims from four plaintiffs.
  • Defending large company in a multimillion-dollar vendor contract dispute alleging improper termination.
  • Part of a team representing a major oil company in connection with its $2.6 billion sale of a refinery, including development of the terms of sale and divestment of related retail assets.
  • Part of a team successfully representing a domestic software development company accused of patent infringement for customer loyalty program technology.
  • Advised a major oil company regarding bringing its gift card program into compliance with federal and state laws upon the passage of Regulation E, including advising the company on the formation and implementation of a driver rewards program — its national non-payment loyalty card program — as well as the antitrust below costs risks for its entire slate of customer loyalty initiatives.
  • Part of lead counsel team for BP in connection with a two-month bench trial alleging pricing claims as well as various fraud and breach of contract claims, resulting in a complete defense verdict.
  • Tried successful bench trials for breach of contract, representing plaintiffs seeking unpaid condominium association dues from multiple defendants. 
  • Municipal prosecutor for city of Black Jack, Missouri for more than two years (through Greensfelder).
  • Part of lead counsel team for major home appliance manufacturer/retailer in arbitration alleging breach of contract and tortious interference.
  • As lead counsel obtained dismissal of lawsuit against software development company in contract dispute.
  • Tried successful federal jury trial resulting in award of punitive damages to client for 4th amendment violation.
  • As lead counsel for franchisor sued for fraud and breach of contract in California obtained summary judgment resulting in dismissal of franchisee’s claims seeking millions of dollars and in franchisor’s favor on its counterclaims for nearly $2 million, plus attorneys’ fees.

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