Daniel Abrahamson, JD, KC, KC, KS, Passes Away
Dan lived his life with passion and humor. He deeply cared for Stephanie, their three children Riley, Nolan and Reese as well as many close friends who made up his lifelong family.
His scholarship covers architecture, economics and society from the 18th through 20th centuries. He is the author of Obsolescence: An Architectural History (University of Chicago Press 2016) as well as several articles about American welfare states as well as evidence and narrative in architectural history.
Early Life and Education
Daniel Abrahamson gained experience working on complex cases as a law clerk at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Later he joined Dallas County District Attorney’s Office where his practice focused on misdemeanor and felony trials.
He has taught at Yale, Fisk and Hastings colleges of law; conducted research in various legal fields; published several articles and lectured extensively about criminal justice and capital punishment issues.
He holds both his B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from New York University School of Law, respectively. Currently he works at Munck Wilson Mandala’s South Austin office as part of their litigation practice group.
Abrahamson earned his Bachelor of Arts at Yale, Master of Arts degree at Oxford as a Keasbey Scholar, and Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law as a Root-Tilden Scholar. Additionally, he is currently teaching upper level seminars on legal and social implications associated with drug prohibition at UC Berkeley as an adjunct professor of law.
He has extensive litigation and policy reform experience in state and federal courts, co-writing numerous state and local drug policy initiatives such as California’s Treatment-instead-of-incarceration law. For his efforts he received a Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship to develop leadership for substance abuse reduction. With a passion for helping those in need and an admiration of nature at his core.
Achievement and Honors
Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court described Abrahamson as one of “the very best, courageous, sage and least self-regarding jurists she had known”. Hundreds crowded into the state Capitol rotunda to hear and applaud Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s words and applause her performance.
Speakers at her funeral included Democratic Governor Tony Evers and Jim Doyle, former governor whose father hired her at his law firm. Speakers described her as an outspoken supporter of women’s rights as well as fundamental constitutional freedoms.
Abramson’s scholarship centers on architectural, social, and economic history of Britain and America from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries with particular attention paid to issues of obsolescence: An Architectural History and Building the Bank of England. His research utilizes primary sources.
Up until recently, the federal government had not prioritized prosecuting individuals who grow small amounts of marijuana for personal use; however, with the high court’s ruling this may now change.
Dan Abrahamson is a Principal Attorney with Munck Wilson Mandala’s Litigation Practice in South Austin. With more than 10 years of litigation experience in both state and federal courts – prosecuting criminal cases while representing state agencies through the Texas Attorney General’s office as an Assistant AG Assistant Attorney General – Mr. Abrahamson brings vast litigation expertise to Munck Wilson Mandala’s litigation practice in South Austin.
He has extensive experience handling complex matters in employment and securities litigation as well as class action defense and intellectual property disputes. Additionally, he holds legal admission in both Texas and Washington as well as membership of the American Bar Association.
Abrahamson hails from Lawrence, Kansas – an idyllic college town known for its impressive pipe organ at First United Methodist Church thanks to Reuter Organ Co.’s handcrafted instruments made specifically for churches and concert halls over its 105 year history. Additionally, he offers law courses on criminal justice and capital punishment at Yale University, Fisk University, and Hastings College of the Law.
He first made his acting debut in 2012 on Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days and has gone on to appear in short films such as Come Home Soon and Brother. Additionally, he can be found as Tyson Burr in Netflix’s Canadian-American science fiction series Travelers as well as being a trained martial artist with an unbeaten professional MMA and Muay Thai kickboxing record of 1-1-0.