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Capes Sokol Mourns the Passing of Daniel R. Sokol

Daniel R. Sokol, one of Capes Sokol’s founders, passed away on April 21, 2021. Dan spent the last 20 years of his legal career with Capes Sokol, first as a shareholder and then as senior counsel.

“During Dan’s 40-year career, judges and other lawyers regarded him as one of Missouri’s preeminent family law practitioners,” said Jeffrey A. Cohen, Managing Shareholder. “He was a brilliant partner, mentor, colleague, and friend to so many of us at Capes Sokol and in the St. Louis community and beyond. He will forever remain an inseparable part of the firm.”

Dan was a skilled litigator and a trained mediator who represented individuals and families in complex, high-stakes, and high-profile family law proceedings prior to his retirement at the end of 2014. In 2020, he was elected the Ward 3 Alderman for the city of Clayton.

A dedicated member of the legal community, Dan served three terms on the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar and was a past president of the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

His commitment extended beyond the legal world, and he was an active member of the St. Louis community. Over the course of his lifetime, he served as a board member for eight different community, civic, and nonprofit organizations.

In his spare time, Dan was a car fanatic and an active member of the St. Louis chapter of the Porsche Club of America. He began racing in 1990 and logged thousands of miles on racecourses. An advocate for safe high-performance driving, he regularly volunteered as a driving instructor for the St. Louis area Porsche, Audi, and BMW clubs and taught over 30 driving courses in other states, including Indiana and Kansas.

Dan is survived by his wife, Rose-Lynn, and their two sons, Andrew (Tim Gallagher) and David; and their 4 grandchildren, Eloise, Elliot, Nadia, and Astrid.

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