Daniel J. Welsh

Practice Description

Dan Welsh focuses his practice on the representation of the owners and developers of commercial real estate and the resolution of complex business disputes.  His work frequently ranges from traditional real estate development and zoning work to handling the diverse legal issues that typically arise in the operation of a mature development.  In the event that a development project hits a snag, Dan assists developers in resolving disputes with contractors, vendors, municipalities, and in moving projects to completion.   Irrespective of the nature of the dispute, Dan utilizes a direct and practical approach that is designed to maximize the economic result for his clients.   As a result, he is trusted by his clients to assist with matters that range from routine day-to-day problem solving to complex, high-stakes, "bet the company" litigation.

Dan is one of the pioneers in representing individuals and businesses with their entry into Missouri's newly created medical marijuana market.  Dan helps cannabis startups with all facets of their initiatives, including corporate formation, capitalization, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, pre-application work, location site control, zoning, interfacing with government relations and lobbyists, license application and related services designed to maximize application success.  Dan also assists experienced cannabis operators, local governments, lending institutions, vendors, investors, landlords and developers with their entry into Missouri's newly created market.

In addition to his real estate and cannabis related practice, Dan also represents a wide array of entities including tech startups, software developers, lending institutions, bankruptcy trustees, design professionals, sports agents and athletes.  Dan is an active participant in the region's ag tech and plant science community, and is a member of the firm’s management committee.

Practice Areas


  • Miami of Ohio (B.A., 1997)
  • St. Louis University School of Law (J.D., 2000)

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri

Court Admissions

  • Eastern District of Missouri
  • Western District of Missouri
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Associations, Boards & Memberships

  • Danforth Society Member- Danforth Plant Science Center
  • Missouri Botanical Garden - Board of Trustees
  • National Cannabis Bar Association
  • Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association (MOCANN)
  • Missouri Hemp Trade Association
  • Missouri Farm Bureau
  • Missouri Farmer's Union
  • St. Louis Agribusiness Club
  • BiodiverCITY of St. Louis
  • Missouri Prairie Foundation, Grow Native.
  • St. Louis Audubon Society
  • Deer Creek Watershed Alliance
  • Great Rivers Greenway
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Missouri Growth Association (MGA)
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Sports Lawyer’s Association (SLA)
  • Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
  • Rule 17 Mediator

Community & Civic Involvement

  • Vice Chair, City of Ladue Zoning Board of Adjustment
  • Volunteer Lawyer’s and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA)

Awards & Recognition

  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Top Settlements in the State of Missouri, 2014.  HCW Development Company, LLC v. Chicago Title Insurance Company, et. al.  Cause Number  11SL-CC04364.  Ranked the #3 settlement in the State of Missouri for the year 2014, with settlement valued at $91,500,000.
  • Missouri Kansas Super Lawyers – Rising Star 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015


  • Spanish