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Christopher D. Dandurand, The Gorny Law Firm

Christopher D. DandurandPrincipal, The Gorny Law Firm

Location: Kansas City

Practice Areas: Personal injury, medical malpractice

Law School: University of Missouri

Chris Dandurand has a simple-enough piece of advice for young attorneys: “If it doesn’t advance your client’s cause, don’t say it, write it or do it,” he said.

A former law clerk for state Supreme Court Judge Patricia Breckenridge, Dandurand also investigated securities fraud while clerking for the Missouri Secretary of State’s office. Before joining The Gorny Law Firm, he handled wage-and-hour matters, consumer class actions and complex business litigation.

His most recent endeavors have seen him work on a case that resulted in a landmark decision from the Missouri Court of Appeals, which bolstered the state’s Sunshine Law.

Dandurand is active in organizations in both the legal and general communities, including the Mizzou Alumni Association’s Kansas City chapter and The Missouri Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. He recently was elected to the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys Board of Governors and has testified in that capacity in Jefferson City to support the cause of consumer rights.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I am an amateur woodworker and build furniture in my garage.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what profession would you have chosen?

Information Systems.

What is the best career advice you have received?

Be an advocate for your own career.

What is your favorite thing to do away from work?

Attend live music events.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

I took the deposition of an equine expert on the subject of horseback riding. That expert just so happened to be the trainer of the Kansas City Chiefs’ beloved mascot Warpaint.

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