David W. Chowins
David W. Chowins is a divorce and family law attorney with Chowins Law Firm, LLC. He opened the firm in the Fall of 2000 after several years practicing tax and business law with large law firms in Chicago and Kansas City. Though he continued practicing business and tax law as part of a general law practice, over the years, his emphasis became more and more on family-related matters. Divorce, child custody, adoptions, separations, annulments, marital agreements, parenting time, paternity, and child-in-need-of-care matters are all encompassed by his practice.
Now, after more than fifteen years since opening his own firm, David's law practice has evolved into almost exclusively divorce and family law. He explains, "It just happened. People who start and run businesses get divorced too. They wanted someone they trust to represent them. It turned out that family law is a good fit for me." David regularly calls upon his business background in negotiating divisions of complex marital estates with assets like small businesses interests, retirement plans governed by ERISA, and hard to value assets.
David also serves as Guardian ad Litem in child-in-need-of-care cases where he advocates for the child and advises the court as to the best interest of the child.
Family Law, Divorce, Annulment, Marriage Separation, Child Custody, Adoption, Martial Property Settlements, Child support Orders, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Division of 401k Assets in Divorce; Juvenile & Child Law, Children in Need of Care (CINC)
New York University School of Law
Master of Laws in Taxation, 1998
University of Tulsa College of Law
Juris Doctor, with honor, 1996
University of Missouri at Kansas City
Bachelor of Arts, 1992
Chowins Law Firm
Attorney at Law / Owner | Metropolitan Kansas City Area
Polsinelli White Vardeman & Shalton (predecessor to Polsinelli Shugart)
Associate Attorney | Kansas City, Missouri
Mayer Brown & Platt (predecessor to Mayer Brown)
Associate Attorney | Chicago, Illinois
Corley & Ganem
Law Clerk | Tulsa, Oklahoma
U.S. District Court (N.D. Okla) and U.S. Court of Appeals (10th Cir.)
Judicial Intern | Tulsa, Oklahoma
Member of the Kansas, Missouri, New York and Illinois state bars
U.S. District Court of Kansas
U.S. District Court of the Western District of Missouri
Honors, Awards & Distinctions
Tulsa Law Review, Member & Production Editor
American Jurisprudence Award
Order of the Curule Chair
Outstanding Student in Taxation
Certificate in International Law
Affiliations Past & Present
Kansas Bar Association
Missouri Bar Association
Johnson County Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Favorite Legal Quote
"Don't try to be the best lawyer in the world or the best lawyer in Kansas or where ever you practice. Try to be the best lawyer in the room that day. Do that every day, you'll be one of the best attorneys around." - from an early mentor.
More about David W. Chowins
Strong Roots in Johnson County
Shawnee Mission East graduate, University of Kansas alumni, and UMKC graduate. Even though my degree is not from KU, I'm still an avid KU Basketball fan. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
Member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Prairie Village.
Royals Fan Before It Was Cool
I've been a Royals fan since I was a kid and season ticket holder for more than a decade. Some of my best memories growing up was at the K (then called Royals Stadium) with my dad. I've been known to close the office for home day games.
I get to say that I am a professional photographer since I've been paid, but it would be fair to say that I'm more of a photography enthusiast.
I built this website myself. I rest my case, your honor.