For the past 37 years, my legal practice concentrated on achieving effective resolution of business disputes for my clients. I have gained valuable experience in all phases of trial and appellate practice, representing businesses, individuals and families in all manner of commercial and financial disputes. While I have enjoyed my years as a litigator, I have found that the litigation process can be time consuming, stressful and financially draining for my clients. While sometimes there is no alternative to a trial, there are often options that are better suited to most businesses and individuals who are in the midst of litigation or faced with the prospect of litigation.
I have decided that I can better serve individuals and businesses by acting as a neutral mediator of disputes. I have litigated cases in the state and federal courts of Kansas and Missouri. I have intimate knowledge of the advantages, disadvantages and costs of litigation, and I believe I can help you fashion a fair settlement of your dispute without going to trial.
I have both informal and formal training in mediation. I have not only participated in hundreds of mediations as an attorney over the past 37 years, but I have also received extensive training through Johnson County Community College and the University of Missouri Mediation Training Program for Civil Cases. I am qualified to serve as a mediator of both Kansas and Missouri disputes. I also volunteer as a mediator for the Johnson County court system.
I have practiced law in the Kansas City area since 1984, first with the firm of Smith Gill Fisher and Butts, PC, and then in the Kansas City and Overland Park offices of Bryan Cave, LLP. In October, 2002 I joined the partnership of Kreamer Kincaid Taylor Lipsman Arney Wait & Bottaro, L.C. I am a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Iowa College of Law. Martindale Hubbell has rated me “AV,” its highest designation.
My volunteer work on a number of philanthropic and community boards has helped me hone my mediation and conciliation skills. I have served as chairman of the boards of directors of the Jewish Community Center, Gilda’s Club of Kansas City (a midtown cancer support organization), Menorah Heritage Foundation and the Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee. I also serve on the board of my home owners’ association. I currently serve as chairman of the board of Village Shalom, a not for profit Overland Park Continuing Care Retirement Community. In my role as chairman, I am often called upon to resolve, or mediate, high conflict matters involving donors, employees, vendors and members of the public.
My wife and I are empty nesters, and we have recently relocated to the Country Club Plaza.
Admitted to practice:
Employment disputes, including non-competition covenants and trade secret misappropriation
Homeowner Association disputes