Donna Lance

Special Counsel

Donna L. Lance

Special Counsel


Legal Assistant

Meribeth Wheatley


B.S. Business Administration, University of Kansas, 1977

M.B.A., University of Kansas, 1978

J.D., Washburn University School of Law, 1995



Ms. Lance’s legal career includes representing large and small for profit and not-for profit organizations, with choice of entity selection, organization, business purchase and sell transactions, financing, corporate governance, private offerings of securities and contract needs. Donna’s former experience as a chief financial officer and general counsel of a bank and bank holding company provides her a unique perspective for representing lenders and borrowers. Donna also has significant experience with commodities hedging instruments, including the use of derivatives and ISDA contracts. Donna’s experience as in-house counsel with large and small and growing companies provides her valuable insight into the needs and challenges of businesses and business owners.

Donna also advises individuals with their private business ownership issues and their estate planning needs. Ms. Lance considers the use of business organizations, will, trusts, and buy-sell agreements as mechanisms to accomplish the desires of her individual clients. Ms. Lance has valuable insight into the financial needs of individuals and ability to communicate with the individual’s other trusted advisors, including financial planners.

Donna earned a BS in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from the University of Kansas, with each degree concentrated in finance and accounting. After serving as a Sr. Vice President and Controller of a bank and bank holding company, Donna attended Washburn University School of Law, graduating Cum Laude. While in law school, Donna represented Washburn University in Moot Court competition and served on the Washburn Law Journal, publishing an article titled “Can The Glass-Steagall Act Be Justified Under the Global Free Market Policies Of The NAFTA.”

Service to the Bar

Member of the American Bar Association; Colorado Bar Association; Douglas/Elbert Counties Bar Association.  Former member of the Kansas Bar Association and Member of the Kansas Ethics 2000 Commission.

Honored by Washburn University School of Law as Distinguished Practitioner in Residence.