Dana Apple



Labor & Employment Law
Animal Law


Bachelor of Science, Missouri State University
Master’s Degree, University of Kansas
Juris Doctor, University of Kansas


AFL-CIO Lawyers’ Coordinating Committee
Missouri Bar Association Animal Law Committee (Founder & Current Chairperson)


U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Missouri and the District of Kansas
10th Circuit Court of Appeals
8th Circuit Court of Appeals

Devoted to the rights of workers, Dana has practiced labor and employment law since 1989 as an associate, then partner, at a labor-law firm in Kansas City, Kansas, and as a solo practitioner. She joined Boyd Kenter Thomas & Parrish in 2014 with the goal of better serving the full range of clients’ legal needs.

Growing up in Independence, Missouri, Dana considered an academic career, but decided to attend law school instead. Now, she believes she has the best of both worlds – practicing labor and employment law, along with finding an outlet for her life-long love of animals by teaching in the new and rapidly growing field of animal law.

Inspired by her grandfather, who was a member of the Laborers’ Union, and her stepfather, a member of I.B.E.W., when Dana decided to become an attorney, she knew she wanted to represent workers. She has represented unions and employees in state court, federal court, before the National Labor Relations Board, and in numerous arbitration hearings. As for her passion for animals, in addition to serving as Adjunct Professor of Animal Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, she is the founder and current chair of the Missouri Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee.

Dana lives on seven acres in rural Johnson County, Missouri, with her numerous four-legged “kids” – all rescues. When there is time to relax, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, or sitting in front of the fireplace or on the deck with a good book.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.


Why is your job rewarding to you personally?

Because I truly believe that what I do matters.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.