Chris Dunn

Cartographer at Law

Over the years that I’ve been both an attorney and a GIS guy I’ve yet to come up with a catchy elevator speech about what I do. But I am going to try. 

What I Do: I uncover the hidden patterns and evidence contained in data sets, maps, coordinates, and other geospatial items so that you can think critically about 3-D spaces and terrain. Just like an address is a crucial piece of information to get you from Point A to Point B, GIS and other geospatial technologies can inform your decision-making and how you interpret business intelligence, marketing data, evidence in court cases, real estate, and so many other fields.

What I do is uncommon. I get that. Some people call me their “map guy” or the “GIS lawyer,” or ‘that lawyer who focuses on making maps.’  It’s all good.  I love making maps, solving problems, and keeping my clients happy.  So, it doesn’t matter what we call what I do. What matters are the results my clients see.  So, if you have a problem you think might benefit from a spatial approach, please contact me.

So, if you have a problem you think might benefit from a spatial approach, please get in touch with me via the contact information posted in this web page’s sidebar.

The Obligatory Short Bio

Christopher W. Dunn lives in Columbia, Missouri where he is a small business owner, solo practice attorney, and geospatial expert witness. Chris uses his experience and education to solve geospatial problems for his clients. Chris uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and 3-D modeling software to make demonstrative exhibits for attorneys and specialty maps for his health care, nonprofit, and private sector clients. Chris regularly makes presentations to the geospatial community on current and emerging geospatial legal issues.

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor, University of Missouri, School of Law, Columbia, Missouri. (May 16, 2014)

Master of Arts, Geography, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. (December 10, 1994)

Bachelor of Science, Geography, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. (May 15, 1993)

TESTIMONY IN AN EXPERT’S CAPACITY

Civil Wrongful Death: Prepared demonstrative exhibits used in court and testified before the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Missouri, Cooper County Missouri, on behalf of the plaintiffs in Raymond Bacon v. Glenn C. Head, 16CO-CC00014 (2019).  The case was a civil wrongful death and trespassing action. I created a digital 3-D crime scene model and produced multiple map and graphical exhibits using the state’s evidence and testified as to the map’s and the model’s applicability.                          

Criminal Appeal: Prepared demonstrative exhibits used in court and testified before the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit of Missouri, Cole County Missouri, on behalf of the appellant in Anthony Williams #517097 v. Jeff Norman, 13AC-CC00376 (2014). The case was a habeas corpus, actual innocence appeal. I created a digital 3-dimensional crime scene model and produced multiple exhibits using the state’s evidence and testified as to the model’s applicability.

Administrative Law: Testified before the First Circuit Court of Kansas, Leavenworth County, Kansas on behalf of the plaintiff in Board of Leavenworth County Comm’rs v. Whitson, 281 Kan. 678, 132 P.3d 920, 132 P.2d 920 (2006). My testimony related to the land use regulation scheme in effect at the time of an alleged violation.

DEMONSTRATIVE EXHIBITS

Working through GeoVelo, LLC I have prepared numerous demonstrative geospatial exhibits that have been used in legal negotiations, investigations, property negotiations, administrative procedures, planning & zoning hearings, city council meetings, civil litigation, continuing legal education (CLE) course presentations, criminal litigation, and state court appellate work.

PAPERS, PROJECTS, & PRESENTATIONS

Missouri Association of Mappers 2019 Annual ConferenceFrom Deed to Map. A 6-hour course. (Springfield, Missouri – August 7, 2019)

Mid-America GIS Consortium (MAGIC) Manager’s Summit 2019 – Geospatial Law – Open Data, Policy, Licensing, Disclaimers, & More. A 1-hour course. (Kansas City, Missouri – April 8, 2019)

Wisconsin Land Information Association Annual ConferenceLegal Issues in GIS, A 2-hour GISP-CE course. (Appleton, Wisconsin – February 22, 2019)

National Trail of Tears Association – Rediscovering the Trail of Tears – An Esri Story Map A 30-minute presentation. (Tuscumbia, Alabama – October 27, 2018)

American Association for State and Local History – It Turns Out Mapping the Trail of Tears in Missouri is More Difficult Than You Might Imagine, A 30-minute presentation. (September 29, 2018 – Kansas City, Missouri)

Missouri Humanities Magazine, Article: Rediscovering the Trail of Tears in Missouri. Fall/Winter 2018.

Missouri Mappers, 2018 Annual Conference, Geospatial Law 2017 for the Keepers of the Records. A 4-hour CE course. (August 2, 2017 – Jefferson City, Missouri)

Missouri Realtors® 2018 April Business Conference, Realtors® Land Institute, Why All Maps are Inherently Inaccurate, 3.0 Hours Missouri Bar Association CLE. (April 24, 2018 – St. Charles, Missouri)

University of Missouri, School of Law, 2017 Veterans Clinic Symposium, Keynote Presentation. Using Geospatial Data to Establish a Nexus Between the Veteran’s Claim and Their Injury. 1.0 Hours Missouri Bar Association Approved CLE. (November 10, 2017 – Columbia, Missouri)

Arkansas GIS Users Forum,Keynote Address, My Weird Career Path Leading Towards Geospatial Law. A 40 Minutes. (October 4, 2017 – Eureka Springs, Arkansas)

Arkansas GIS Users Forum, Annual Conference, Geospatial Law 2017. Topics: (1) State open records acts & geospatial data acts, (2) Liability & sovereign immunity, (3) Government-held geospatial data & copyrights, etc. A 4-hour CE course (October 3, 2017 – Eureka Springs, Arkansas)

Missouri Mappers, 2017 Annual Conference, Geospatial Law 2017 for the Keepers of the Records. A 4-hour CE course. (August 2, 2017 – Jefferson City, Missouri)

MOGISCON2017 (Missouri GIS Convention 2017), Geospatial Law 2017: Topics: (1) State open records acts & geospatial data acts, (2) Liability & sovereign immunity, (3) Government-held geospatial data & copyrights, etc. A 4-hour course. (February 20, 2017 – Tan-Tar-A, Osage Beach, Missouri)

MOGISCON2017 (Missouri GIS Convention). Why RSMo § 67.1850 is Bad for Your Community, RSMo § 67.1850 is the state statute governing the control, pricing and release conditions for local government GIS data in Missouri. A 60-minute CE course. (February 21, 2017 – Tan-Tar-A, Osage Beach, Missouri)

Law Day – Kansas State University,University of Missouri School of Law’s Representative. (September 9, 2016 – Manhattan, Kansas)

MAGIC 2016 (Mid-America GIS Consortium), Geospatial Law 2016. An 8-hour CE course. (April 24, 2016 – Overland Park, Kansas)

Missouri Primary Care Association Membership Meeting, MPCA & GIS. A 20-minute teleconference presentation. (July 15, 2015 – Jefferson City, Missouri)

MAGIC (Mid-America GIS Consortium) Mid-States Data Warehouse Committee Sierra Club v. Orange County: The California Supreme Court Declares Publicly Held GIS Data is an Open Record. A 30-minute teleconference presentation. (August 30, 2013 – Web-Based)

Kansas Association of Counties Planning & Zoning Officials,The US Constitution and Land Use Law. A1-hour presentation. (April 22, 2015 – Rock Springs Ranch, Kansas)

Missouri Geographic Information Systems Advisory Council (MGISAC). Missouri’s Local Government GIS Data, Who Really Ought to Own It? A 30-minute presentation. (January 10, 2013 – Jefferson City, Missouri)

Truman Medical Center, Board of Directors. Geographic Information Systems for Health Care. A 30-minute presentation. (May 31, 2013 – Kansas City, Missouri)

University of Missouri, School of Law,GPS vs. Surveying, Guest Lecturer, Real Estate Transfers Class, Wilson Freyermuth, Professor. A 20-minute presentation. (October 31, 2012 – Columbia, Missouri)

Missouri Rural Health Conference,HealthTran Implements GIS. A 20-minute presentation. (November 19, 2014 – Columbia, Missouri)

University of Missouri, School of Law, Health Law Society,Geospatial Medical Law. A 20-minute presentation. (October 10, 2014 – Columbia, Missouri)

Comprehensive Development Regulations, Revision of the city’s entire development code, Project Manager & Co-Author, City of Leavenworth, Kansas. (2010 to 2011 – Leavenworth, Kansas)

Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Project Manager, City of Leavenworth, Kansas. (2011 – Leavenworth, Kansas)

City-Wide Trail Master Plan, Steering Committee Member, City of Leavenworth, Kansas. (2010 – Leavenworth, Kansas)

Code Enforcement Procedures Manual, Author, City of Leavenworth, Kansas. (2010 – Leavenworth, Kansas)

Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Citizen Board Member, City of St. Joseph, Missouri. (2010 – St. Joseph, Missouri)

Arterial Appearance Overlay District (AAOD) Regulations, Author, City of Leavenworth, Kansas. (2010 – Leavenworth, Kansas)

Team Leader & GIS Mapper, Leavenworth County Port Authority, Trails Group, (Part of the Mid-America Regional Council’s (MARC) Metro Green Program) Leavenworth County, Kansas. (2006 to 2011 – Leavenworth, Kansas)

Project Manager, Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Leavenworth County, Kansas. (2007 – Leavenworth, Kansas)

Team Leader, Plum Creek, PL 566 Public Water Reservoir Project, Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, Horton, Kansas. (2004 to 2005 – Horton, Kansas)

Coordinator, Ingram’s Magazine, Representing the City and County of Leavenworth, Kansas as the City-County Coordinator for 2 editions of Ingram’s Magazine. (2007 and 2009 – Leavenworth, Kansas)

EMPLOYMENT

Business Owner & Attorney, GeoVelo, LLC, Columbia, Missouri, (2012 to Present). GeoVelo uses geographic information systems (GIS) to provide geospatial business intelligence and market analysis products to health care market participants. These maps are used by major hospital systems CEOs and CFOs as a key element in their strategic business development planning, marketing, and facility location siting decisions. Precise 3-D modeling software is used in conjunction with GIS techniques to create accurate crime scene reconstructions. GeoVelo.com  

GIS Manager,Community Asset Builders, Jefferson City, Missouri (11-2014 to 08-2016). CAB uses geographic information systems (GIS) to provide geospatial business intelligence and market analysis products to health care market participants. Managed all aspects of GIS business intelligence services for clients. Coached CAB team members on use of geospatial data to improve health care access planning. Developed a GIS for Missouri’s Federally Qualified Health Centers to visually depict patient growth/decline, market penetration and new development opportunities.

Director, Planning, Zoning and Community Development Department, City of Leavenworth, Kansas. (11-2008 to 05-2011). Reported to the City Manager. Chair of the city’s Development Review Committee. Supervised the following city divisions: Planning, Zoning, Code Enforcement, Historic Preservation, CDBG, HUD Section 8, Planters II, the city’s 105-unit low-income residential tower, and the city’s EPA Brownfields redevelopment project. Successfully managed the 2010 City Comprehensive Land Use Plan, developed the city’s Arterial Appearance Overlay District (AAOD) regulations and co-developed the award-winning Downtown and Northeast Leavenworth Redevelopment Plan in partnership with the city’s Economic Development Department. Revised the city’s development regulations by combining seven sets of regulations in to one unified development manual. Lead an aggressive city effort to rehabilitate or demolish blighted structures. Census 2010 coordinator. Supervised eleven full-time staff. 

Director, Planning & Zoning Department, Leavenworth County, Kansas. (05-2005 to 11-2008). Reported to the Board of County Commissioners. Successfully managed the 2007 county Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Partnered with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and KDOT on the US Highways K-7 and the 24-40 Corridor Management plans. Secretary to the County Planning Commission. Led more than 20 public outreach sessions. Chaired several economic development & infrastructure efforts. Developed a popular monthly planning & zoning board member training program called “Topics in Planning.” Supervised five full-time staff.

Director, Planning Department, the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, Horton, Kansas. (02-2004 to 05-2005). Reported to the Tribal Chairman. Primary effort was implementing the Federal $12 million Plum Creek Dam and Reservoir. Authored the reservation’s Hazard Mitigation plan. Developed the Tribe’s GIS. Led more than 50 public sessions.

Community Planner, Mo-Kan Regional Council, St. Joseph, Missouri. (09-2001 to 01-2004). On-call planner for four northwest Missouri and two northeast Kansas counties and their municipalities. Administrator for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs and the Federal Community Economic Development (CEDS) program.

Branch Office Manager, Austin Miller, P.A. Engineering Services, Wichita Kansas. (11-2000 to 08-2001). Managed the Dodge City, Kansas office. Duties included marketing the Wichita office’s services, land use planning, subdivision plat development, project oversight, cartography, GIS, IT administrator, and website design.

Director, Department of Planning, Zoning and Environmental Health, Ford County, Kansas. (06-1998 to 11-2000). Reported to the Board of County Commissioners. Managed office staff, drafted county planning, zoning, and environmental health policies, and interpreted state statutes. Secretary to the Ford County Planning Commission and Zoning Boards. Supervised two staff members.

Executive Director, Central Kansas Local Environmental Planning Group (CKLEPG), Great Bend, Kansas. (05-1995 to 06-1998). Reported to a board of directors. Administered environmental codes in seven central Kansas counties. Tested water and provided technical assistance to citizens on water and wastewater. Investigated complaints and code violations.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Kansas State University, Department of Geography, Manhattan, Kansas. (08-1994 to 12-1994). Graduate Teaching Assistant for the department’s only computer cartographic course.

Environmental Engineering Intern, Fort Riley, Kansas. (05-1994 to 08-1994). Department of Engineering and Housing, ninety-day internship. Performed on-site investigation of remediation sites. Database programmer.

Graduate Research Assistant, Kansas State University, Department of Geography, Manhattan, Kansas. (08-1993 to 08-1994). Conducted extensive data mining and research. Constructed 31 maps of the Ogallala Aquifer for journal publication.

Sergeant (E-5), Explosive Ordnance Disposal, United States Army. (06-1986 to 11-1991). Performed 47 Combat EOD missions to defuse and destroy improvised explosive devices (IEDs), captured military ordnance, and collected intelligence on new weapons discovered during combat operations in Iraq, Kuwait, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during Operations Desert Shield-Desert Storm. Operated in 8 foreign nations. Held both a Top Secret (TS-BI) and Critical Nuclear Weapons Design Information (CNWDI) security clearance. Served on several United States Secret Service (USSS) protection details for the President of the United States (POTUS), Vice President, Secretary of State and foreign heads of state. Honorable Discharge.

ADDITIONAL DUTY POSITIONS

Chair, Development Review Committee, City of Leavenworth, Kansas. (2009 to 2011)

Secretary, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Commission, City of Leavenworth, Kansas. (2008 to 2011)

Secretary, Historic Preservation Commission, City of Leavenworth, Kansas. (2008 to 2011)

Secretary, Planning Commission, City of Leavenworth, Kansas. (2008 to 2011)

Secretary, Zoning Board,City of Leavenworth, Kansas. (2008 to 2011)

Secretary, Board of Zoning Appeals, City of Leavenworth, Kansas. (2008 to 2011)

Secretary, Planning Commission,Leavenworth County, Kansas. (2005 to 2008)

Secretary, Zoning Board, Leavenworth County, Kansas. (2005 to 2008)

Secretary, Board of Zoning Appeals, Leavenworth County, Kansas. (2005 to 2008)

Secretary, Planning Commission, Ford County, Kansas. (1998 to 2000)

Secretary, Zoning Board, Ford County, Kansas. (1998 to 2000)

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), American Planning Association, Chicago, Illinois. Certification required passing a proctored examination. (2003 to 2014)

Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), Association of State Floodplain Managers, Madison, Wisconsin. Certification required passing a proctored examination. (2008 to 2011)

Systematic Development of Informed Consent, Institute for Participatory Management and Planning, Jefferson City, Missouri. Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) sponsored 40-hour program. Certification required passing an examination. (2003)

Transportation Corridor Access Management, Hutchinson, Kansas, Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) A 16-hour program. (2000)

Water Well Driller, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, License. Certification required passing an examination. (1998)

Lead-Based Paint Risk Assessment, University of Kansas, Center for Environmental Education and Training, Mid-States Regional Lead Training Center. A 16-hour course. (1997)

Lead Inspector Training, University of Kansas, Center for Environmental Education and Training, Mid-States Regional Lead Training Center. A 24-hour course. (1997)

Equal Opportunity Counselor, Certification required passing an examination. US Army, Ft. Hood, Texas. A 40-hour course. (1990)

Explosive Ordnance Refresher, US Army, Redstone Army Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama. 80-hour course. (1990)

Bomb Technician, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Dallas, Texas, Regional Bomb Technicians Seminar. A 40-hour course. (1989)

Army Peculiar Explosive Ordnance Disposal Material (Phase III), Redstone Army Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama. 80-hour course. (1989)

Army Maintenance Clerk Course,Ft. Hood, Texas.An 80-hour program. (1989)

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician, NAVSCOLEOD (Class 35S-89), Indian Head Naval Ordnance Station, Indian Head, Maryland. (May 2, 1989)

USAREUR Radiation Protection Officer, US Army, Landstuhl Army Medical Center, Landstuhl Germany. A 40-hour course. (1987)

Top Secret Security Clearance, (TS-BI) and Critical Nuclear Weapons Design Information (CNWDI) security clearances. US Army. (1986 to 1991) As a EOD nuclear weapons specialist I was under the U.S. Department of Defense’s Personnel Reliability Program (PRP) which is a security, medical and psychological evaluation program, designed to permit only the most trustworthy individuals to have access to nuclear weapons (NPRP).

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist, (55D10), Redstone Army Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama. 9-week course. (1986)

AFFILIATIONS

Mid-America GIS Consortium (MAGIC) Kansas City, Missouri, (2015 to Present)

Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), Des Plaines, Illinois, (2019 to Present)

Missouri Mappers Association (2017 to Present)

Missouri Bar Association, Attorney in Good Standing, Jefferson City, Missouri. (2014 to Present)

Ambassadors, University of Missouri, School of Law, Columbia, Missouri. (2012 to 2014)

Black Law Student’s Association, Member, University of Missouri Chapter. (2012 to 2014)

Federalist Society, Chapter Vice President, University of Missouri Chapter. (2011 to 2014)

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), American Planning Association, Chicago, IL. (2003 to 2014)

American Planning Association (APA),Chapter Secretary, National and Kansas Chapter Member (2000 to 2014) Kansas. (2007 to 2009)

Kansas Association of Planning & Zoning Officials (KACPZO), Member (1998 to 2007), President (2000), Webmaster (2000 to 2007)

Boy Scouts of America, Assistant Scoutmaster. (2003 to 2006), Scoutmaster (2006 to 2007) Troop Committee Chair (2007 to 2008) Merit Badge Counselor (2003 to 2010)

AWARDS & COMMUNITY SERVICE

Board Member, Boone County Extension Council Board, Boone County Missouri, (2019 to Present)

Dean’s “Top-Achiever” Pro Bono Legal Service Award, University of Missouri School of Law. (2014)

Co-Chair, Class of 2014 Pledge Drive, University of Missouri, School of Law. Nominated by the Faculty. (2014)

Board Member, Welcome Home, Inc., Columbia, Missouri, Member. (2013)

Pioneer Award, Kansas Chapter of the American Planning Association, The urban planning project team award for the Downtown/North Leavenworth – City of Leavenworth Redevelopment Master Plan. (2010)

Planning Commissioner, St. Joseph, Missouri, Commission Member (2004 to 2009), Commission Chair. (2008 to 2009)

Service Award, Kansas Chapter of the American Planning Association. (2008)

Secretary, Kansas Chapter of the American Planning Association. (2007 to 2009)

Volunteer, Quad States Trail Project, St. Joseph, Missouri. (2007 to 2009)

Volunteer, Tour of Missouri, St. Joseph, Missouri. (2007 to 2009)

Best Industrial (Documentary) Movie, Plum Creek – Water is Life, Film Producer, American Indian Film Institute Award, San Francisco, California. Produced for the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas. (2004)

Honorary Deputy Marshal, Dodge City Chamber of Commerce, Dodge City, Kansas. (2002)

Chair, Governing Board, Kansas State University Child Care Center, Member (1992 to 1994), Chair. (1993 to 1994)

Combat Veteran,Desert Shield – Desert Storm, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Sergeant (E-5). US Army. Awarded the Army Commendation Medal for action in combat EOD operations. (12-1990 to 07-1991)

Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America (1981)

PUBLISHED

Missouri Humanities Magazine, Article: Rediscovering the TRAIL OF TEARS, Fall/Winter 2018.

Book Review, “Bull’s Eye: The Assassination and Life of Supergun Inventor Gerald Bull” Military Review, US Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, Volume LXXIII. (May 1993)

Article, CKLEPG and GIS, Kansas GIS Newsletter, The Geographic Information Systems Initiative of Kansas, Kansas Water Office. CKLEPG is the Central Kansas Local Environmental Planning Group, Great Bend Kansas. (Summer 1997)

Book Review, “CNN: War in the Gulf” Military Review, US Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, Volume LXXII. (February 1992)

UNPUBLISHED

Mo. Rev. Stat. § 67.1850: Eroding the Transparency of Missouri’s Sunshine Law. A Paper Fulfilling the Writing Requirement of the Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Missouri, School of Law. Paper Advisor Dean Rafael Gely. (June 2014)

May 2014 Intensive Software Familiarization Seminar for Local Environmental Protection Programs, Kansas Department of Health & Environment, Local Environmental Planning Program (LEPP) Self-Published. (1997)

Geographic Information Systems: Local Environmental Planning Program (LEPP) Applications Seminar, Kansas Department of Health & Environment. Self-Published (1996)

The Cambodian Landmine Problem: Impact on Land Use Practices, Master’s Degree, Land Use Class, Research Paper, Professor H.L. Seyler. (1994)

The Applicability of Geographic Information Systems to Speed the Environmental Reclamation of Ordnance Contaminated Sites, Master’s Degree, Geographic Information Systems Class, Research Paper, Professor H.L. Seyler. (1994)