Dan Brees



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Dan focuses his legal practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation. He earned his law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Prior to law school, Dan gained valuable experience working in public accounting where he acquired a unique understanding of multiple business sectors. He spent two years as a Certified Public Accountant analyzing Fortune 500 companies’ financial statements.

Utilizing his accounting experience, Dan has successfully represented a variety of clients through various legal problems, including representing wrongfully-terminated sales representatives, defending and prosecuting breaches of contract, and defending against civil conspiracy, tortious interference with a contract, and negligence claims. Dan has also been counsel to special litigation committees, which conduct investigations of shareholder derivative claims. Before joining Gaskins, Bennett & Birrell, Dan clerked for the Honorable Christian S. Wilton.


J.D., University of St. Thomas School of Law, cum laude
B.A., University of St. Thomas, magna cum laude
Majors: Accounting and Financial Management

Court Admissions

Minnesota Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Representative Cases

Kokocinski v. Collins

850 F.3d 354 (8th Cir. 2017), cert denied, 138 S. Ct. 645 (2018)

Represented Special Litigation Committee during Eighth Circuit appeal and in opposition to petition for certiorari to U.S. Supreme Court.

Abbasi v. Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc.

16-cv-295 (ADM/KMM) (D. Minn. 2017)

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of defendant in negligence action in federal court.

Davis, et al. v. Steinhafel, et al.

14-cv-00203 (PAM/JJK) (D. Minn. 2016)

Represented Target Special Litigation Committee in 21-month investigation into alleged breaches of fiduciary duty, and prepared report supporting dismissal.

Mierzwa, et al. v. Continental Motors, Inc.

Assisted in obtaining outright dismissal on behalf of defendant manufacturer.