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Dan Gattis

A Landowner and a Lawyer. In that Order.

Dan Gattis - Trial Lawyer Texas

Dan Gattis


Dan Gattis – Trial Lawyer Texas
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 Meet Dan Gattis

Few know the landscape of Texas like Dan Gattis.  

As a rancher and landowner himself, Dan understands firsthand the priorities and problems of private-property owners and shares the deep ties, emotions, and values of families that have lived and worked this land — many for generations.  

As an attorney, when faced with eminent domain claims or similar disputes, Dan can be counted on to provide a fair solution with honesty, respect, and a personal commitment to every client. 

As a state representative for almost a decade, he was a respected leader and active member on several high-level committees and held hearings throughout the state on the issues facing landowners and local officials.  

Every day, Dan brings that personal history, professional knowledge, and those connections to work for you.   

Dan has dedicated his career to helping others. By listening, advocating, and negotiating — as well as doing what he does in the courtroom — he has made a positive impact on the lives and livelihoods of countless fellow Texans. 

If you’re faced with complex legal questions about property ownership, or if government agencies or others seem determined to take your land, you need to contact Dan.

  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1994
  • Texas A&M University, B.S., Agricultural Economics, 1990
  • All Texas State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • Assistant County Attorney, Williamson County, 1996-1999
  • Assistant District Attorney, Williamson County, 2000-2002
  • State Representative, Texas House of Representatives, 2003-2011
  • Texas House Appropriations Conference Committee, 2005 & 2007
  • Vice Chairman, Texas House Civil Practices Committee, 2003
  • State Bar of Texas Court Administration Task Force, 2008
  • Texas Supreme Court Task Force on Jury Assembly & Administration, 2006
  • Texas Governor’s Criminal Justice Advisory Council, 2005
  • Gattis Law Firm, P.C.  2003-Present
  • “Ten Best Legislators” by Texas Monthly Magazine, 2005 
  • “Fighter for Free Enterprise” by Texas Association of Business 
  • “Defender of the American Dream” by Americans for Prosperity 
  • “Legislative Excellence Award” by Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas 
  • “Freshman Legislator of the Year” by Young Republicans of Texas 
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, 2023 
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2017-Present 
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100, 2020-Present 
  • ROCK – Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies – Board of Directors, 2019-Present 
  • Zion Lutheran Church & School – Board of Christian Education, 2017-2018 
  • Zion Lutheran Church & School – Board of Elders, 2015-2016 
  • Miracle Farm – Trustee, 2012-2015 
  • First Baptist Church, Georgetown – Deacon, 2008-2012 
  • Seton Williamson Foundation – Trustee, 2009-2018 
  • Executive Committee – National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, 2018-Present 
  • Executive Committee – Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, 2019-2022 
  • Vice Chairman – Federation of State Beef Councils, 2023 
  • Chairman, Texas Beef Council, 2021-2022 
  • Board of Directors, Texas Beef Council, 2017-2023 
  • Board of Directors, Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, 2015-Present 
  • Public Policy Committee, American Quarter Horse Association, 2015-2022 

A History of Straight Talk


Sixth-Generation Texan

Dan was born in Austin, and a product of a ranching family. His father was a high school agricultural teacher and General Manager of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and his mother was also a public school teacher.​

Texas A&M University

Dan served as class president and was a member of the famed Corps of Cadets.

South Texas College of Law

Dan received his law degree from the South Texas College of Law. His prior public service includes working as a prosecutor in the County Attorney's office and the District Attorney's office in Williamson County.

Texas Legislature

Dan served as a State Representative in the Texas House of Representatives from 2003 to 2011, and on several committees, including the House Appropriations Committee and the Budget Conference Committee.

Gattis Law Firm

Dan has an extensive record of successful verdicts and settlements, as well being as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Top Trial Lawyers in America since 2012.

What people have to say

A Calling

To Serve

As board chairman of Texas Beef Council, TSCRA Director Dan Gattis finds another way to advocate for fellow cattle raisers.

-By Sarah Harris

A True Texan For The People

A True Texan For 
The People