Alumnus Dan Crabtree '78 Confirmed as District JudgePosted by Paula Paine on June 2, 2014 in "Your OU" Stinson Leonard Street LLP Attorney and Ottawa University alumnus Dan Crabtree ’78 was confirmed May 1, 2014, to become District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. Crabtree was one of six nominations for federal judgeships made by President Barack Obama in August of 2013. His confirmation was unanimous among democrats in the U.S. Senate with a vote of 94-0.
A resident of Kansas City, Kansas, Crabtree first joined Stinson Mag & Fizzell, PC, a predecessor of his current firm, as an associate in 1981. He has since spent his entire legal career at the firm, becoming a partner in 1988. He litigates complex business, antitrust and civil rights cases in both federal and state courts nationwide. He represented the Kansas City Royals baseball team as lead counsel in Senator George Mitchell's investigation of performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball.
After earning his B.A. in 1978 from Ottawa University, Crabtree received his J.D. in 1981 from the University of Kansas School of Law.
The announcement of Crabtree’s nomination was made in a news release in August by U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., who said, “Dan Crabtree is a one of Kansas’ most accomplished legal minds and has had a distinguished career in litigation. I intend to support confirmation for both Mr. Crabtree and Justice [Nancy] Moritz.”
Crabtree will fill a vacancy created on the U.S. District Court bench in Kansas when Judge John Lungstrum took senior status in 2010.