Daniel Atwill, Member


Dan began his career in active duty with the United States Air Force as a Captain in the JAG Corps. He served as Chief of Military Justice at Nellis, AFB, Nevada, and later as an attorney at the Headquarters of the USAF Communications Command at Richards Gebaur AFB, in Belton, Missouri. After completing four years in the USAF, he returned to Columbia, Missouri to practice law with the firm of Knight and Ford. During the next two decades, he was involved in commercial litigation, oil and gas explosions, automobile accidents, divorce litigation, train accidents, chemical spills, and workers’ compensation cases. He currently serves as Presiding Commissioner of Boone County.

Dan, with partner Rick Montgomery, co-founded the law firm of Atwill & Montgomery. Located in the historic Guitar Building, across from the Boone County Courthouse, the firm has expanded to six lawyers and focuses primarily on employment law with many employers and insurers relying upon them for expertise in workers’ compensation and employee discrimination complaints with the Commission on Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Dan speaks regularly to groups regarding employer/employee relations and continues an active practice in this area and in environmental law. Dan has an AV Peer Review Rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers, the highest rating available.

Dan and Karen Eads Atwill have been married since 1968 and have 3 children: Dana Wilhite, D.V.M.; Kirsten Craver, J.D.; and Daniel E. Atwill, a realtor. Dan and Karen have 6 grandchildren.


  • University of Missouri, A.B., 1969
  • University of Missouri, J.D., 1971

Practice Areas

  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Personal Injury
  • Labor and Employment
  • Insurance Law
  • Environmental Law

Membership / Professional Affiliations

  • The Boone County Bar Association (President, 2001-2002)
  • The American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Litigation Counsel of America – Fellow
  • Council on Litigation Management


  • 1972, Missouri, U.S. Court of Military Appeals and U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

Community / Civic Involvement

Dan is a former member of:

  • The Columbia Parks and Recreation Commission
  • The Columbia Police Foundation
  • The Boone County Sherriff’s Scholarship Committee
  • Numerous other local governmental and service organizations