Whether by obtaining an acquittal of his white-collar client at the conclusion of the prosecutor's opening statement, or proving that the drug dog's sensitive nose has been kicked by a horse, during the past 40 years, Dan Monnat has been recognized as a creative trial and appellate criminal defense lawyer. He co-founded Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, a criminal defense trial and appellate firm in Wichita, Kansas, in 1985.
A graduate of the Creighton University School of Law and Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College, Mr. Monnat is a two-term past President of the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He served eight years on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Litigation Counsel of America, and the Kansas Bar Foundation.
In 2007, then-Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed Mr. Monnat to the Kansas Sentencing Commission, acknowledging his 35-year career as a trial and appellate litigator and legal scholar.
Mr. Monnat is frequently published and lectures throughout the United States on a variety of criminal defense topics. He is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the Federal and State Courts in Kansas.
State of Kansas v. Dr. George Tiller, Sedgwick Co. Ks Case No. 07 CR 2112
On March 27, 2009, it took the jury only 25 minutes to deliver a verdict of “not guilty” on all 19 counts of performing illegal abortions in politically charged, high profile trial of internationally renowned abortion provider, Dr. George Tiller.
In this case, Dr. Tiller faced a total sentence of 19 years in prison and the possible consequent loss of his medical license. the jury verdict reaffirmed that ordinary citizens will support a women''s right to choose regardless of the inflammatory, politically motivated charges brought here.
On May 31, 2009, Dr. Tiller was murdered inside church by an extremist who had attended the trial.
State of Kansas v. Floyd (“Floyd I”), Stanton Co. Ks. Case No. 06 CR 17 — Each defendant faced a potential life sentence in this highly speculative, circumstantial, body-less homicide prosecution.
On July 30, 2007, hung jury on all charges of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder after a 3-week trial.
State of Kansas v. Floyd (“Floyd II”), Stanton Co. Ks. Case No. 06 CR 17
— Each defendant faced a potential life sentence in this highly speculative, circumstantial, body-less homicde prosecution.
On November 24, 2008, all charges of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder were dismissed without prejudice after second 3-week trial also ended in a hung jury on April 18, 2008.
This trial and its 2007 predecessor were the subject of a 2009 CBS 48 Hours: Justice in the Heartland.
Alpha Medical Clinic v. Anderson, 280 Kan. 903, 128 P.3d 364 (2006)
Successfully sought order from the Kansas Supreme Court protecting the privacy rights of women in medical files by requiring strict protective orders to be in place prior to requiring compliance with the Attorney General’s subpoenas for patient files.
The Kansas Supreme Court''s strict limitations on a prosecutor''s acquisition of women''s private medical records was a great victory for a woman''s right to privacy in her medical records.
State v. Bunyard, 281 Kan. 392 (2006)
Kansas Supreme Court''s complete reversal of client''s rape conviction and 20 year sentence because of prosecutor''s misconduct in defining the crime to the jury. Client released from penitentiary.
This young college student was serving a 20-year prison sentence as a result of his alleged failure to cease intercourse quickly enough after the alleged victim''s withdrawal of her initial consent.