Dillon M. White

Head of Business Development, Attorney





Dillon White is the Head of Business Development at Messerli Kramer, where he oversees client interactions and drives firm growth. While he works closely with each practice group in both the Minneapolis and St. Paul offices, he differentiates his role from that of other firms by focusing on the particularized strategies of clients. Dillon meets regularly with businesses and individuals in Messerli Kramer’s legal portfolio and tries to learn their needs, situations, and aspirations, so that he can spot opportunities within both his and the firm’s network to drive client success.

Dillon’s approach to business development is guided by his background in the industry. As an active attorney who no longer practices full-time, Dillon understands the nuances of attorney marketing, including the hesitancies that many younger lawyers face on a daily basis. He strives to “meet attorneys where they’re at,” a byproduct of not only his legal background, but also his educational one, formerly serving as a constitutional law professor with a focus in the First Amendment, along with additional teaching assignments in employment law, contract law, intellectual property law, and marketing and advertising law.

Dillon is also a regular guest on local and national outlets for his opinions on the law as it relates to current events, primarily due to his status on social media. With a following of nearly 5 million people across platforms, Dillon is more commonly known as dadchats on TikTok and by dillonmichaelwhite on Instagram.

Publications and Presentations


  • Co-Author, “Understanding Minnesota’s Big Law Wave,” Bench & Bar, May 2024
  • Co-Author, “What the FTC’s Non-Compete Final Rule Means for Businesses,” March 2024
  • Co-Author, “Navigating the Corporate Transparency Act,” January 2024
  • Co-Author, “Minnesota’s Legislative Updates, Explained,” August 2023
  • Co-Author, “Contract Law in Franchise Operations,” October 2021
  • Contributing Author, “Advertising and Commercial Speech: A First Amendment Guide,” 2016


  • Presenter, “The Power of Storytelling in Growing a Business or Brand,” Minnesota Young Professionals, May 2024
  • Guest, Fox 9 Good Day Morning Show, May 2024
  • Guest, “So…Is TikTok Banned?” Slate Magazine, April 2024
  • Guest, “The Problem with the TikTok Ban,” Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), March 2024
  • Guest, Fox 9 Good Day Morning Show, February 2024
  • Guest, Yahoo News, February 2024
  • Guest, The Today Show, February 2024
  • Presenter, “The State of Free Speech on College Campuses,” WORT Radio, January 2024
  • Guest, Newsweek, October 2023
  • Guest, The Independent, August 2023


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