Commissioner Daniel P. Wheeler was appointed Probate Commissioner by the 16th Judicial Circuit Court, en banc, in October, 2003. He was appointed Deputy Probate Commissioner by Probate Judge John A. Borron, Jr., in June 2000. Commissioner Wheeler earned his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1985 where he served on the Missouri Law Review and was awarded The Order of the Coif. He has a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the same institution. He was engaged in private civil practice from 1985 through 1990. In 1990, he began representing mentally disabled persons in guardianship and civil commitment cases before the Probate Division.
Wheeler has been active in Missouri Bar Association committees, serving as Chairman of the Guardianship and Conservatorship Subcommittee and as a member of the Special Needs Committee. He has authored a chapter on civil commitment in the Missouri Bar’s “Estate Administration” deskbook. He has lectured at numerous continuing legal education programs, and has been a presenter on probate matters at the Missouri Judicial College since 2001. He has served as vice-chairman of the Jackson County Mental Health Levy Board.