Dan R. Nelson

Mr. Nelson practices bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, business and commercial litigation, banking and financial institutions in the firm’s Springfield, Missouri office.  He has represented secured and unsecured creditors and trustee’s under Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.  His experience includes civil litigation to enforce promissory notes, security agreements, deeds of trust and personal guaranties, collection of loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration, actions for repossession of personal property collateral, real estate foreclosures, loan workouts, restructuring and forbearance arrangements.   Mr. Nelson is a former Chapter 7 and Chapter 12 bankruptcy trustee.

Court Memberships

  • Missouri Supreme Court
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Named the Springfield, Mo. Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers, 2013, 2015, and 2018
  • Selected for Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, 2008-2017
  • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 2005-2018
  • Selected for Best Attorneys Network Directory, 2005
  • Martindale-Hubbell® “AV” Rating

Professional Affiliations

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Member, Board of Trustees
  • Good Samaritan Boys Ranch, Board of Directors
  • Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Governing Board
  • Missouri Supreme Court, Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Region XV Committee Member
  • University of Missouri Alumni Association Greater Ozarks Chapter, Board of Directors


  • Co-Author, 1996 Supplement Chapter 8, Missouri Bankruptcy Deskbook, The Missouri Bar CLE, 1996
  • Co-Author, Legal Facts, Bankruptcy, The Missouri Bar, 1993
  • Reviewer, Missouri Bankruptcy Deskbook, The Missouri Bar CLE, 1992


  • Annual Bankruptcy Institute, The Missouri Bar CLE, 1994-1999; 2002
  • Creditor’s Rights & Remedies, The Missouri Bar CLE, 1999; 2001
  • Commercial Law Seminar, The Missouri Bar CLE, 1995; 1997; 2000
  • Bankruptcy Law Seminar, Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, 1994, 1991
  • Protecting Creditors’ Rights in Bankruptcy, CPM Seminar Systems, Inc., 1993
  • Mortgage Foreclosure in Missouri, National Business Institute, 1992
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  • Springfield

    910 East St. Louis Street
    Suite 100
    Springfield, MO 65806-2523
F: 417.886.9126


Julie Chorice


University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1983

University of Missouri-Columbia, B.A., 1980