Polsinelli Shughart Dan Boulware, managing partner of the St. Joseph office of law firm Polsinelli Shughart, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Missouri Western State University and will be the commencement speaker on December 15.
“Dan is an outstanding attorney and a great friend of higher education in general and Missouri Western in particular,” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president. “He has been an outstanding advocate on our behalf to the governor and other state leaders, has been dedicated for two decades to our Convocation on Critical Issues, and is working hard to secure funding to upgrade and expand our facilities. If you have worked with Dan as I have, you would not be surprised by all that he has done for our university and our community. What is surprising is that he has done all this while being one of the busiest and most respected attorneys in the country. It is my privilege to present Dan with Missouri Western’s highest honor in recognition of his many professional achievements as well as his dedication to the success of our university.”
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About Dan Boulware
Mr. Boulware is a member of the St. Joseph Bar Association, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Since age 35, he's carried an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating bestowed. In 1982, at the age of 36, he was the recipient of the Lon Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer Award given by the Missouri Bar Foundation in recognition of outstanding young trial attorneys in the State of Missouri. In 1989, at the age of 41, he was inducted as a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, a designation by his peers that he is one of the outstanding trial lawyers in North America. He has served as a member of the ACTL Missouri State Committee and the Samuel E. Gates Litigation Award Committee. Mr. Boulware has served as a member of the Federal Practice Committee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.