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Dan Cierpiot

Chief Strategy Officer
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Dan is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. Growing up, Dan’s family was very active in local neighborhood and City politics, as well neighborhood betterment and stabilization. Living in the City of St. Louis, Dan witnessed the work ethic, daily struggles, and hardships of the low to middle class, and realized that things needed to change. At an early age, Dan knew he wanted to go to law school, and wanted to be a part of the solution. After high school, Dan attended the University of Missouri at St. Louis, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Following high school, Dan moved to San Antonio, Texas to attend St. Mary’s University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree in December 1996, after just two and a half years in school. Dan then followed his call to serve, accepting a job with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office.

Dan’s desire to serve and make a difference did not stop at the Attorney General’s Office. In 2000, he moved with his wife and young son to Dallas, Texas to serve as campaign manager for the Congressional Campaign of Curtis Clinesmith for the seat in Texas’ 13th District. While the campaign was ultimately unsuccessful, Dan gained a wealth of knowledge regarding organization management and development. In 2001, Dan and his family returned to St. Louis where he practiced law for the next seven years. During this time, in which Dan represented corporations and insurance companies, he realized that he was not serving his community or his neighbors, so he looked to make a change. In 2008, after serving as the Executive Director of a small nonprofit, Dan was recruited to Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, and was hired as the Director of Operations.

Professional Experience

Dan has close to 15 years experience practicing law. Specifically, he has authored and argued approximately 100 appellate briefs to the Courts of Appeals in Missouri, including the Missouri Supreme Court. He also has corporate and commercial litigation experience handling contractual matters; human resource and employment related issues; personal injury matters; and asbestos related claims among other matters.

As Director of Operations for Habitat, Dan was again able to pursue his passion for service to the community. He was responsible for the overall day-to-day management of the organization, and directly oversaw all financial matters (including budgeting, the annual audit process, day to day cash flow, and oversight of organizational accounting and reporting). Dan was also responsible for working with the CEO to handle long range planning and forecasting, and the setting the strategic direction of the organization. Dan further oversaw the organization’s mortgage origination and servicing process, and handled all federally mandated compliance and regulatory matters. Dan was also heavily involved in numerous state and federal tax credit transactions, and handles all external financial and banking relationships with numerous entities.

Dan brings to Smith Clinesmith his passion to serve, as well as a strong background in organizational development and management. Having been a practicing attorney, Dan understands the complexities of the practice of law, and the efficient and streamlined operation of a law firm. His experience, creativity, and critical problem-solving skills will only serve to strengthen Smith Clinesmith, and enhance the already solid representation the firm provides to each of its’ clients.

Personal

Dan has been married to his wife Angela for 25 years, and they have three children: Ryan (21), Madalene (14), and Brendan (12). The family remains very active in their neighborhood and church, as well as youth sports.

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