Danielle M. Durban


P: 314.754.4840

F: 314.754.4841

E: durban@capessokol.com

Experience at Work

Dani believes the law is just one part of a client’s needs. Because of that, she is committed to thoroughly understanding each of her client’s business goals, mission, and values in order to provide effective and efficient solutions unique to each client’s business. In doing so, she relies on more than just legal knowledge.

Having worked with a variety of businesses as a graphic and web artist for over a decade, Dani learned the importance of figuring out how to translate a client’s vision into a client’s reality. Applying this approach to the legal world, Dani makes sure to always view a client’s legal needs in relation to their business goals, striving to create harmony between the two. This creative and results-driven approach has proven successful—in both the legal outcome and in the satisfaction of the client.

Dani has worked with television production companies, movie production companies, digital entertainment companies, software development companies, restaurateurs, artists, actors, authors, and entrepreneurs in connection with their business formation, deal structure, network contracts, rights acquisition, IP licensing, software licensing, and copyright and trademark protection.

Dani focuses on entity formation and structuring, business disputes, commercial transactions, real estate, copyrights, and trademarks. Dani joined Capes Sokol as a Summer Associate and continued working with the firm as a Law Clerk throughout her 3L year.

In the Community

Dani is extremely involved in the start-up and entrepreneur community, developing business relationships initially as a freelance graphic and web artist and then continuing to foster those relationships as an attorney.

She is an adjunct professor at Washington University Olin Business School, where she teaches an upper-level course on business law, and currently serves on the Board of The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to fostering, promoting, and encouraging young people in the St. Louis region to discover and participate in the joy and wonder of live performances. The Foundation also provides unique opportunities and develops educational performing arts programs focused on young artists.

Dani is an active volunteer at a pro bono legal clinic hosted by Grace Hill Settlement House. The legal clinic is part of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s Community Economic Development Program, which assists low income entrepreneurs and small non-profits who do not have the resources to obtain basic legal assistance.


  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Up and Coming Lawyer (2023)


  • Saint Louis University School of Law | Dean’s List

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • ABA Young Lawyers
    • ABA Business
    • ABA Intellectual Property

Educational Background

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law (2018)
  • B.A., Communications, Political Science, and Pre-Law, Loyola University Chicago (2013)

Speaking Engagements

  • Corporate & Intellectual Property / Advertising Legal Q & A. Women in Business Workshop. St. Louis, MO (2023)
  • Marketing & Advertising Compliance. Women in Business Workshop. St. Louis, MO (2020)
  • Properly Advertising and Protecting Your Company’s Intellectual Property. Women in Business Workshop. St. Louis, MO (2019)


  • Adjunct professor at Washington University Olin Business School, where she teaches an upper-level course on business law 


Firm Programs

Firm Insights

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Current Leadership Positions

  • Washington University Olin Business School | Adjunct Professor
  • The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation | Board Member

Civic & Community

  • Grace Hill Settlement House | Volunteer for their Pro Bono Legal Clinic
  •  St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA) | Volunteer

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