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SEIGFREID BINGHAM LEVY SELZER & GEE Most law firms, like most families, develop and live with a common set of values which are communicated to all of their current members and, if successful, on to the next generation. I’m afraid that a vocal segment of our society assumes that lawyers’ values are motivated strictly by profit. I don’t think so. This law firm, this family of lawyers, has been primarily motivated for three decades by a desire to see its clients succeed, grow and prosper. We work hard to make that happen. Equally important, this firm was founded on the notion that pursuit of our clients’ interests must always be accomplished within our shared values of: integrity and fair-dealing with all persons, including adversaries; respect for such old-fashioned principles as “justice” and for our profession; and genuine concern for each other and our extended families. It has been personally rewarding to me in recent years to see that these bedrock convictions are willingly ascribed to by the next generations of lawyers in this firm. I can see that we have created something solid...something based on the highest ideals of fairness, truth and honor...where the daily exercise of those ideals is not inconsistent with success for us and the clients we serve. This is a family and a record of which I’m very proud. Larry Bingham Co-founder, 1974 Gordon Gee, Bob Levy, Jim Seigfreid, Larry Bingham and Jack Selzer. 1 How has a law firm of only 39 attorneys been able to establish such a distinguished client base? Here’s how. 2 “Whenever I’m working with a client, I always find myself using the plural, personal pronouns. ‘What can we do about this situation?’ I always feel my clients’ problems are my own.” -Jack Selzer We Disprove The Notion That You Have To We’re Conscious Of Our Clients’ Costs. Be A Large Law Firm To Provide “Large Firm” Because we’re not a mega-firm, we don’t hire entire Services And Have “Large Firm” Clients. classes of new associates to compete with each other The common wisdom in the legal community and generate billable time. We hire only as many has been that, in order to succeed, a law firm new attorneys as we honestly anticipate that we, must either become a “boutique”, a small firm and our clients, will need. That not only keeps with a highly specialized niche, or merge until it our overhead down, it means we don’t have mul- becomes large enough for “large firm” clients. tiple attorneys working on a single matter when Neither alternative has had much appeal to us. one will do, keeping our clients’ costs down, too. We wanted to remain a steadily growing “medium size” law firm and still attract the type of clients We Find A Way To Prevent Problems. that historically are considered “large firm” Each attorney in our firm spends a great deal of time clients. We’ve done exactly that. Few Kansas City counseling clients on how to operate their businesses law firms represent more of this area’s 50 largest in an effort to minimize problems and, if possible, companies than we do. And those law firms have anticipate and prevent litigation. These efforts end substantially more attorneys than we do. up saving huge and unexpected costs later. How Has A Law Firm Of Only 39 Attorneys But When Litigation Is Inevitable, Been Able To Establish Such A Client Base? We Have An Enviable Record Of Success. Here’s How. Sometimes, litigation is the only way to resolve problems or right a wrong already done. When We’ve Grown Up With Many Of Our Clients. that’s the case, we aggressively represent our A look at our client list (pages 8-9) reveals some clients, both businesses and individuals, in federal of the largest companies in the area. But they and state courts, as well as arbitration and weren’t always the largest. With many of our mediation forums. Our record of success is one clients, we started our representation when they, we’re very proud of. like us, were just beginning to grow. We have advised them through mergers, acquisitions Most Important, We Care About Our Clients’ and expansions, and can now look back on Goals and Interests Like They Are Our Own. (in some cases) decades of mutual success. We As Larry indicates in his letter (page 1), our continue looking for new small to medium-size founders desired to create a culture of caring, businesses which are beginning that integrity and respect for all. Because these values entrepreneurial climb, businesses with which we are who we are, we care about our clients’ goals can establish a team relationship on the ground and interests like they are our own. Through this floor. But in truth, much of our past growth culture, we have developed a reputation for being has come because of the expansion of our clients a personable, accessible and responsive firm of themselves, and their referrals to other knowledgeable attorneys who offer “can do” advice businesses in their fields. that minimizes our clients’ legal risks and costs. 3 Our general practice experience helps us render more effective, practical advice for our clients. We’re a General Practice Firm, General Business Law Our business practice covers a wide range of legal But Offer A Diverse Range Of Services. services from formation of corporations and We are a General Practice firm in the same sense other legal entities to the merger, sale and that your primary care physician is a general acquisition of businesses. We form and prepare practitioner. We can diagnose and treat a wide governance documents for partnerships, array of legal ills and are ready to refer you to corporations, limited liability companies and specialists if the need arises. Fortunately, the other organizations. We negotiate and draft all need occurs rarely, because our attorneys, types of contracts, including buy / sell, joint although generally practicing within the areas of venture, dealership, real estate, loan, computer, General Business Law (which includes individual franchise and license agreements. We take an estate planning and taxation) or Litigation, have active role in offering practical business and legal also developed knowledge and experience in one advice. Our practice also includes drafting or two specialized areas of law that particularly legislation and testifying before legislative bodies. interest them or for which there is considerable demand. As a result, we offer our clients a diverse Health Care Law and comprehensive array of legal services. Seigfreid, Bingham is involved in all aspects of this However, unlike many firms whose attorneys only specialized area including purchases, sales, leases, narrowly specialize, the general practice mergers and acquisitions of hospitals and physician experience of all our attorneys enables us to practices; qualification and maintenance of tax exempt status; creation and use of health care joint render more effective, practical “can do” advice ventures; medical staff credentialing; physician that takes into account the overall business recruitment and bonding strategies; licensing; objectives and legal risks. managed care contracting; medical record confi- dentiality; development and implementation of compliance plans; and negotiation of purchases of medical technology. We have experience in all aspects of the laws and regulations governing nonprofit corporations. Most recently, we represented Health Midwest, our client of over 20 years, in the sale of its hospitals and related businesses to HCA for $1.125 billion in what is believed to be the largest conversion of a non- profit hospital system in U.S. history. Our firm played a central role in the complex negotiations and litigation with the Attorneys General of two Our Business Group includes: Aimee Minnich,Gary Brouillette, states leading to the successful closing of the Steve Kyle, Jack Beal, Lori Beam, Tim Fisher, Mark Gilgus (standing), Heather Jones, Cindy McClannahan, Larry Bingham, transaction and the creation of two community Bob Bartunek, Joe Hiersteiner (seated). health foundations funded by the sale proceeds. 4 “I work with my clients to help them achieve their goals rather than tell them it can’t be done. Most goals can be achieved with quality legal advice.” -Cindy McClannahan Estate Planning and Administration Equipment Dealerships and Dealer Associations We handle all matters related to estate planning We have over 25 years of experience working with and administration including wills, revocable dealers and their dealer associations. Our attorneys living trusts, probate, generation-skipping work with dealers throughout the United States on a transfers, business succession strategies, family wide variety of matters including dealership limited partnerships, charitable remainder trusts formations, buy-sell agreements, merger and acquisi- and irrevocable life insurance trusts. Our emphasis tion transactions, tax planning and audits, warranty is minimizing estate taxes, probate and transfer obligations and audits, oppressive manufacturer costs. When working with closely held companies, action, enforcement of buy-back rights, repair liens, we assist them in establishing an estate plan and a secured transactions and credit practices, customer business plan for transferring the company to the and dealership bankruptcies, insurance coverage next generation in a manner that minimizes taxes disputes and employment matters. We also serve as and facilitates the continued successful operation general counsel to three equipment dealer associa- of the company in the future. tions – SouthWestern Association, North American Equipment Dealers Association and Vermeer Dealers Tax and Tax Exemption Association of North America – and have been called We are experienced in tax planning for individuals, on by many other associations to provide expert advice estates, trusts, partnerships, corporations and in matters affecting equipment dealers. We regularly other entities, as well as the resolution of audits, review dealership agreements, draft dealer protection appeals and litigation with the IRS and state taxing statutes, interpret key government regulations, authorities. In connection with our real estate provide antitrust advice, communicate industry-wide practice, we have structured numerous like-kind concerns to equipment manufacturers and structure exchanges. Because of our extensive involvement joint ventures and endorsement relationships with charitable and health care facilities, we are involving the associations and other businesses. especially experienced in the issues of nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations, such as applying for private letter rulings and determination letters from the IRS, establishing compensation and policies that minimize the risk of the IRS imposing intermediate sanctions, negotiating with state Attorneys General regarding compliance with state nonprofit laws and developing corporate governance and compliance programs for addressing the new era of heightened corporate responsibility. In addition, our contacts in the state Attorneys General offices and the IRS national office allow us prompt access to regulatory decision makers for Our Business Group also includes: John Neyens, Jeff Tauscher, Jim Tilden, Karla Shepard, Katie Zogleman (standing), Bob Levy, quick and informal guidance sometimes obviating Jack Selzer, Al Stopperan, Ken Spain and Mark Thompson (seated). the need for protracted ruling processes. 5 We help our clients decide what course of action makes sense from a business and legal perspective. Employment Law Construction Law We advise businesses extensively on issues relating We represent project owners, general contractors, to the avoidance of employment-related litigation manufacturers of building projects, architectural and administrative actions, including the develop- and engineering firms, homebuilders and real ment of policies and procedures that comply with estate developers locally, nationally and interna- the myriad of federal and state employment laws. tionally. Our representation includes the drafting We counsel clients – and, when necessary, engage and negotiation of construction-related forms in litigation – concerning Title VII, the Age and contracts, enforcement of mechanic’s liens Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans and resolution of disputes through litigation and with Disabilities Act, COBRA, the Fair Labor arbitration. We have developed an extensive library Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, of construction form contracts through our rep- Missouri’s service letter statute, the enforcement resentation of the University of Missouri, Butler of non-competition agreements, workers’ Construction and the City of St. Joseph, Missouri. compensation and a variety of other statutory and Our trial attorneys have engaged in complex common law issues. We also offer customized construction litigation on behalf of the University presentations to management either summarizing of Missouri and many large contractors. applicable employment laws or addressing particular areas of concern. Sports and Entertainment Law Our experience includes representing the Kansas Real Estate and Development Law City Chiefs, The Kansas City Wizards and the Major We represent developers, landowners, lenders and Indoor Lacrosse League in a wide range of matters property managers in a wide range of real estate including the interpretation of players’ and coaches’ matters. Our experience extends to the sale, contracts, the unique corporate and tax issues facing exchange, leasing, development, condemnation, sports franchises, stadium lease negotiations and land use regulation and financing of real estate, involvement with the NFL in player arbitration. including leases for shopping centers and under- ground commercial storage, tax increment financing Computer Law and E-Commerce projects, Chapter 353 and other tax abatement We have extensive experience in drafting and matters, and zoning, platting and other land use negotiating agreements for the sale and purchase issues. We are proud of our legal contributions to of computer hardware, software, services and local real estate and economic development projects technology. Our experience extends to litigation in such as the Jefferson at the Plaza Apartments, the complex area of satisfaction of system acceptance Aventis Pharmaceuticals’ Marion Park and Hunt criteria. In addition, when many of our clients Midwest Real Estate’s SubTropolis. Through our expanded to conduct business over the Internet, we work on these and other projects, we have earned a expanded our practice to the world of e-commerce. reputation of integrity and forthrightness among a Our e-services include drafting and reviewing web- wide variety of city councils and planning commis- linkage agreements and advising clients with respect sions in the area, which enables us to facilitate the to the content of privacy policies appearing on various approval processes for our clients. their web sites. 6 “When a client brings me a problem, I truly feel responsible for the outcome. Some lawyers believe that it’s their job to simply lay out the options. That’s a law school exam, not a client relationship.” -Mark Thompson Environmental and Toxic Law Securities Law We counsel publicly traded corporations on compli- Our experience includes representing diverse ance with federal and state securities acts and regula- clients, ranging from small municipalities to tions and in preparing required filings for public multi-national corporations, in defending Envi- offerings, private placement and exempt transactions. ronmental and Toxic claims and aiding efforts to Our extensive knowledge of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act comply with various environmental statutes and allows us to counsel clients on compliance with this regulations. We have represented companies in new, expansive and ever-changing body of law. We also both personal injury and property damage cases, regularly represent securities and commodities brokers and are familiar with consultants and experts and individual investors in NASDAQ and NYSE necessary to assist environmental compliance. Our arbitrations and other forums. attorneys have successfully negotiated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Debtor-Creditor Law We represent various creditors and debtors. We have Missouri Department of Natural Resources. developed numerous lending - related agreements and forms and have represented various creditors in Foreign Practice workouts. We have also represented creditors’ inter- Many of our clients do business internationally. We ests in complex bankruptcy proceedings. Recently, perform many of the same services we provide for we assisted a large national banking institution in their U.S.-based businesses, while working with obtaining a recovery of approximately $6,000,000 foreign attorneys familiar with the nuances of the from a bankruptcy debtor. We also handle collection foreign country’s law. Our foreign practice has efforts for various creditors, including debtor’s involved us in India, Japan, the Republic of China, examinations, garnishments and attachments. We the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, England, regularly represent the interests of debtors in Scotland, Austria, Germany, France, Russia, the workouts with lenders and other creditors. Bahamas, Mexico and Canada. Litigation In each of our areas of practice, we are experienced in dispute resolution. Our litigation attorneys are experienced in a broad spectrum of claims ranging from multi-million dollar, complex commercial, tort and construction litigation to more personal actions involving individual claims. We practice in traditional federal and state court settings and administrative proceedings as well as arbitration and mediation forums. We have represented clients Our Litigation Group includes: Sarah Preston, John Lynch, before the courts of Missouri, Kansas, Idaho, Iowa, Carol Cleaver, Chris Green, Dan Goldberg, Paul Schepers, Dave Shay, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Arizona, Colorado, Fred Bellemere (standing), Lara Owens, Sharon Coberly, Gordon Gee, Greg Gerstner, Gary Fulghum (seated). Texas, Delaware, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, California, Washington and Puerto Rico. 7 We are proud to represent a wide array of established and growing entrepreneurs in the Midwest. As this representative listing indicates, our clients Epiq Systems, Inc. are as diverse as our practice. Among them are: Ranked on Fortune’s National List of Fastest Growing Small Public Companies and headquartered Kansas City’s largest stock brokerage firm, largest in Kansas City, Kansas, Epiq provides an advanced industrial facility, largest commercial general offering of integrated technology-based products and contractor and two of the ten largest employers. services for use in managing and performing claims administration of large and complex legal proceedings. The Kansas City Chiefs Andrews McMeel Universal / Publishing A professional football team of the National Kansas City based entertainment companies Football League owned by the Hunt family. operating the largest independent newspaper syndicate in the world, bringing you Doonesbury, Erma J. E. Dunn Construction Company Bombeck and many of your other favorite comic Kansas City’s largest commercial general contractor, strips and newspaper columns in print and online which is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite, and an emerging leader in book and calendar has built or restored many of Kansas City’s major publishing and gift and stationery merchandising. structures such as the Sprint Center, H&R Block, the U.S. Federal Courthouse and Union Station. Butler Construction Company A division of Butler Manufacturing Company, and among the largest commercial construction companies Hunt Midwest Enterprises in Kansas City, engaging in national and international A company which is one of Kansas City’s largest multiple-site construction for large corporations. developers of residential subdivisions and controls more than 3,000 acres of industrial and commercial Helzberg’s Diamond Shops, Inc. real estate development including Kansas City’s A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway headquartered in largest industrial park and the largest underground North Kansas City, Missouri, Helzberg’s Diamonds business complex in the world. is one of the nation’s leading fine jewelry retailers, with more than 250 stores nationwide. Gun-Ko Traffic Control, Inc. A company, named after its founders, David MMG Worldwide Gunter and Robert Kudelko, based in Olathe, Global marketing communications firm working Kansas, that provides traffic control and exclusively with the premier travel, hospitality and pavement marking products and services. entertainment companies of the world through its offices in New York, Kansas City, Fort Collins, St. Cleveland Chiropractic College Louis and Miami. A nonprofit chiropractic college, founded in 1922, with campuses in Overland Park, Kansas, and Los VNA Corporation Angeles, California. Kansas City’s first home health care agency, established in 1891, affiliated with Visiting Nurses Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith Association of America, and serving the largest The nation’s and Kansas City’s largest brokerage firm. geographic area of any other agency in Western 8 We serve a number of its offices in Missouri and Kansas. Missouri or Eastern Kansas. “My goal is for my clients to be able to sleep at night because if they have a problem, I know I won’t be able to sleep.” -Bob Levy QuikTrip Corporation United Way of Greater Kansas City A privately held company which is a premier A nonprofit, Kansas City-based charity affiliated convenience store / gasoline purveyor in Oklahoma, with United Way of America. Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois, Georgia, Texas and Arizona, with over 350 convenience stores Mountain States Health Alliance located throughout its territory. A health care system based in Johnson City, Tennessee, which provides an integrated, comprehensive TransAm Trucking, Inc. continuum of care to people in 28 counties in A company that operates a growing fleet of Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina. trailers and tractors from its 40-acre site in Olathe, Kansas, picking up, transporting and delivering North American Equipment Dealers Association meat as well as dry freight from the Rockies to the A trade association representing about 4,500 farm, East Coast. utility, construction and outdoor power equipment dealers in the United States and Canada and Layne Christensen Company affiliated with 18 regional and provincial A global leader in water well drilling, mineral equipment dealer associations. exploration and diamond drill bit technology with its headquarters in Mission, Kansas. QC Holdings, Inc. Headquartered in Kansas City, Kansas, and Capitol Indemnity operating over 300 stores in 22 states, QC is a A subsidiary of the publicly traded Alleghany leading provider of payday loans in the United Corporation selling commercial property and States, furnishing loans and other financial casualty insurance (including workers’ services to middle income, working individuals. compensation) and surety and fidelity bonds across the nation for over 40 years. Murphy-Hoffman Company A company that operates 40 heavy-duty truck deal- Wenger Manufacturing, Inc. erships, three transport refrigeration operations, A privately held corporation now operated by 20 truck leasing centers and offers financing and the third generation, headquartered with plant insurance services from locations across Arkansas, and corporate offices and manufacturing Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, facilities in Sabetha, Kansas, and specializing Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming. in the manufacturing of commercial extrusion cooking systems and ancillary equipment. National Research Center for College & University Admissions SouthWestern Association A non-profit organization linking high school A trade association with a membership consisting students with colleges by annually gathering of over 1,000 farm, utility, construction, outdoor information on student attitudes and education power equipment and hardware dealers located in plans from nearly 5.5 million students and Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, distributing it to over 1,300 member colleges to New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. better identify qualifying high school students. 9 Our Family of Attorneys James T. Seigfreid J.D., University of Missouri, 1955; B. S., University of Missouri, 1953. Past Chair, The Research Foundation, Research Medical Center and Research Health Services System; Past President, Board of Catholic Charities; Chairman, Central City School Fund; Secretary and Past Director, Kansas City Chiefs Football Club; Past Secretary and Past Director, Hunt Midwest Enterprises. Health Care, Sports & Entertainment, General Business Law, Estate Planning. E-mail: email@example.com Larry J. Bingham J.D., with Distinction, University of Michigan, 1965; B.S., Magna Cum Laude, Kansas State University, 1962. Board of Trustees, Kansas State University Foundation. Estate Planning & Administration, Mergers & Acquisitions, General Business Law, Tax & Tax Exemption. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Allan W. Stopperan J.D., with Distinction, University of Iowa, 1964; B.S., Iowa State University, 1962. Comments Editor, Iowa Law Review. Member, Estate Planning Society of Kansas City; Past Chair, Tax Law Committee, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. General Business Law, Estate Planning & Administration, Taxation. E-mail: email@example.com Gary J. Brouillette J.D., University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 1966; B.A., University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 1963. Judicial Clerk, Hon. Robert Van Pelt, U.S. District Court, Nebraska. Captain USAF Judge Advocate General, 1966-1969. Chairman, Heartland Habitat for Humanity; Director, Bridging the Gap; Director, Heartstrings, Inc.; Elder, Village Presbyterian Church. General Business Law, Real Estate, Zoning & Development, Business Succession & Estate Planning. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Gordon D. Gee J.D., Harvard University, 1970; B.A., Williams College, 1967. Judicial Clerk, Hon. John W. Oliver, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri. Recipient, Justice Charles Evans Whittaker Award and Missouri Bar Association Pro Bono Award. Past President, Missouri Lawyer Trust Account Foundation; Past President, Legal Aid of Western Missouri; President, St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School. Commercial Litigation, Securities Arbitration, Appellate Practice. E-mail: email@example.com Robert C. Levy J.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1971; B. S., Northwestern University, 1968. Board of Editors, California Law Review. Chairman, Truman Medical Centers; Chairman, Board of Directors, Truman Medical Centers; Past Chairman, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City; Past President, Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City; Past Chairman, Heart of America United Way; Director, United Way of Greater Kansas City. General Business Law, Computer & Technology, Health Care. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Kenneth W. Spain J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Kansas, 1973; B.S., University of Kansas, 1970. Phi Delta Phi; Senior Articles Editor, University of Kansas Law Review. Real Estate, Land Use, Economic Development & Land Use, Sports Law, Financing, General Business Law. E-mail: email@example.com 10 Gary V. Fulghum J.D., Order of the Coif, Washington University, 1973; B.A., Magna Cum Laude, William Jewell College, 1970. Editor, Washington University Law Quarterly. Former Assistant General Counsel, The Marley Company. Commercial Litigation, Construction, Insurance, Reinsurance, Litigation. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Jack R. Selzer LL.M. in Taxation, Boston University, 1974; J.D., University of Florida, 1972; B.A., Rockhurst College, 1965. Former trial attorney for the IRS. Lieutenant USNR (Retired). Council to Notre Dame de Sion School. General Business Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Taxation, Estate Planning, Equipment Dealers & Associations. E-mail: email@example.com Fred Bellemere, III J.D., University of Missouri at Kansas City, 1967; B. S., University of Missouri, 1964. Former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Jackson County, Missouri. Litigation. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Robert R. Bartunek LL.M in Taxation, University of Missouri at Kansas City, 1986; J.D., The Ohio State University, 1975; M.B.A., The Ohio State University, 1974; B. S., Bucknell University, 1968. Past Chair, Tax Law Committee, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association; Member, Construction Law Section, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association; Estate Planning Society of Kansas City, The Missouri Bar Tax Section. Tax Law, Estate Planning, Real Estate & Development, Construction Law. E-mail: email@example.com Joseph L. Hiersteiner J.D., Georgetown University, 1977; B.A., Williams College, 1974. Former Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Health Midwest. Member: American Health Lawyers Association; Greater Kansas City Society of Healthcare Attorneys. Transactions, General Business Law, Tax-Exempt Organizations, Healthcare. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Sharon A. Coberly J.D. with Distinction, University of Missouri at Kansas City, 1977; B.A. with Distinction, University of Missouri at Kansas City. Admitted to practice in Missouri, Kansas, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court. Certified Mediator in Missouri, Kansas and Federal Court. Member: Missouri Bar Labor and Employment Law and Insurance Committees; ABA Employment Rights and Responsibilities and International Labor Law Committee; Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers; Defense Research Institute. Employment, Insurance, Litigation. E-mail: email@example.com Mark H. Gilgus J.D., with Distinction, University of Missouri at Kansas City, 1978; B.B.A., with Distinction, University of Missouri at Kansas City, 1975. Former tax accountant with Arthur Andersen. Board Member, Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium; Past Chair, Heart of America Tax Institute and Jewish Community Relations Bureau; Past President, B’nai B’rith District Two; Former Chair and Current Member, Lee’s Summit Arts Council; Member, Lee’s Summit Cultural Arts Task Force. Recipient, Thomas Cochran Community Services Award. Taxation, Estate Planning, General Business Law. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 11 Our Family of Attorneys Mark R. Thompson J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Kansas, 1980; B.A., Magna Cum Laude (Philosophy), University of Colorado, 1977. Member: American Health Lawyers Association (Hospitals and Health Systems, Tax and Finance, Fraud and Abuse, Self Referrals, False Claims Practice Groups); American Bar Association Health Law Section; Missouri Society of Health Care Attorneys; Kansas Association of Hospital Attor- neys; Greater Kansas City Society of Health Care Attorneys (Past President). Health Care, Mergers & Acquisitions, General Business Law, Tax Exempt Organizations. E-mail: email@example.com Paul G. Schepers J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Kansas, 1982; B.A., Cum Laude, Wabash College, 1978. Member: American Health Lawyers Association; Section of Antitrust Law - Health Care Committee, American Bar Association. Commercial Litigation, Appellate Practice, Antitrust. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cindy A. McClannahan LL.M. in Taxation, New York University School of Law, 1983; J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 1981; B.A., University of Kansas, 1978. Member: Taxation - Corporate and Business Section, Trust, Probate and Estate Planning Section, American Bar Association; Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section, Tax Law Section, Kansas Bar Association; Tax Committee, Probate and Estate Planning Committee, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association; Estate Planning Committee, Lawyers Association of Kansas City. Estate Planning, Business Planning, Taxation. E-mail: email@example.com James C. Tilden J.D., with Honors, University of Iowa, 1980; B. S., with Distinction, Iowa State University, 1977. Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Delta Phi; Editor, Journal of Corporation Law. Judicial Clerk, Donald P. Lay, Chief Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit. General Business Law, Real Estate & Development Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law, Computer Law & E-Commerce. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Gregory S. Gerstner J.D., with Distinction, University of Iowa, 1986; B.S. University of Iowa, 1983. Admitted to practice, Missouri and U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, United States Supreme Court. Member: American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry and Construction Documents Committee, which provided input to the AIA concerning the 1997 edition of the AIA A201 Family of Documents; Mis- souri Bar Association’s Construction Law Committee; Faculty of APPA’s Institute for Facilities Management. Frequent lecturer and author of articles on construction issues. Construction, Commercial Litigation, Debtor-Creditor, Bankruptcy. E-mail: email@example.com Lori A. Beam J.D., University of Iowa, 1988; M.B.A., University of Iowa, 1993; B.S.B.A., Creighton University, 1984. Iowa Law Review. Member, Past President and Secretary, Greater Kansas City Society of Healthcare Attorneys. Member: American Health Lawyers Association; Kansas Association of Hospital Attorneys; Missouri Society of Healthcare Attorneys. Past Treasurer and Director, Lawyers Association of Kansas City-Young Lawyers Section. General Business Law & Transactions, Health Care, Advertising and Marketing. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org David E. Shay J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Kansas, 1988; B.S., University of Kansas, 1984. Phi Kappa Phi; University of Kansas Law Review. Member and Past Chair, Environmental and Energy Law Committee, The Missouri Bar; Past President and Director, Lawyers Association of Kansas City, Young Lawyers Section. Debtor–Creditor Law, Environmental Law, Toxic Torts, Insurance, Litigation. E-mail: email@example.com 12 Stephen M. Kyle J.D., Washington University, 1990; B.A., University of Nebraska, 1986. Director, Lawyers Association of Kansas City; Chairman, City of Roeland Park, Kansas Board of Zoning Appeals; Board of Trustees, Old Mission United Methodist Church of Fairway; Volunteer, American Diabetes Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters. Computer Law & E-Commerce, Foreign Practice, Mergers & Acquisitions, General Business Law, Real Estate, Securities Law. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Rachel H. Baker J.D., University of Texas, 1991; B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Cornell College, 1988. Member, Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association. Employment, Commercial Litigation, Toxic Torts. E-mail: email@example.com Timothy J. Fisher J.D., University of Missouri at Kansas City, 1992; B.S., University of Missouri, 1987. Former Certified Public Accountant/Tax Specialist with KPMG Peat Marwick. General Business Law, Sports & Entertainment Law, Taxation, Estate Planning, Managed Care Law. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org John M. Neyens J.D., with High Distinction, University of Iowa, 1997; B.S., University of Iowa, 1994. Associate Editor, Iowa Law Review. Member: American Health Lawyers Association; Greater Kansas City Society of Healthcare Attorneys. General Business Law, Employment, Health Care, Equipment Dealers & Associations, Mergers & Acquisitions. E-mail: email@example.com Karla Kerschen Shepard LL.M. in Taxation, University of Missouri at Kansas City, 1998; J.D., Cum Laude, Creighton Univer- sity, 1995; B.S., Cum Laude, Kansas State University, 1992. Past Chair, Heart of America Tax Institute. General Business Law, Taxation, Estate Planning & Administration. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Jeff C. Tauscher LL.M., Taxation, Denver University, 2003; J.D., University of Kansas, 1998; B. S., Kansas State University, 1995. Admitted to practice in Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, U.S. Tax Court, U.S Court of Federal Claims. Member: Kansas and American Bar Associations; The Missouri Bar; Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association; Lawyers Association of Kansas City. Tax & Tax Exemption, Mergers & Acquisitions, General Business Law, Estate Planning & Administration. E-mail: email@example.com Heather A. Jones J.D., University of Kansas, 2000; B.S., with High Honors, University of Illinois, 1997. Director, Lawyers Association of Kansas City; Former President, Young Lawyers Section of Lawyers Association of Kansas City; Member, Central Exchange. Construction Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, General Business Law, Equipment Dealers & Associations, Real Estate & Development Law. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 13 Our Family of Attorneys Katherine A. Zogleman J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Kansas, 2003; B.A., Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, Fort Hays State University, 2000. Note and Comment Editor, Kansas Law Review. Member: Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Leadership Academy; Lawyers Association of Kansas City; Member: Missouri Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, American Bar Association. Computer Law & E-Commerce, Equipment Dealers & Associations, Estate Planning & Administration, Intellectual Property Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, General Business Law, Securities Law, Tax & Tax Exemption. E-mail: email@example.com Lara M. Owens J.D., University of Missouri at Kansas City, 2004; B.S., Summa Cum Laude, University of Missouri- Columbia, 1992. Member: Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association; American Bar Association; Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City; Lawyers Association of Kansas City. Commercial Litigation, Employment. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Christoper L. Green J.D., University of Kansas, 2001; B.S., Business Management and International Studies, Cum Laude, Kansas State University, 1998. Clerk, Hon. G. Thomas Van Bebber, U.S. District Court for District of Kansas. Member, University of Kansas Law Review. Admitted to practice in Missouri, Texas, U.S. District Court Northern and Southern Districts of Texas. Employment, Commercial Litigation. E-mail: email@example.com John P. Lynch J.D., John Marshall, 2001; B.A., Eastern Illinois University, 1997. Law Clerk to Hon. Charles R. Norgle, Sr., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Admitted to practice in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, U.S. District Court of Kansas, U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois. Commercial Litigation, Construction Law. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Daniel P. Goldberg J.D., DePaul University, 2001; B.A., University of Kansas, 1998. Member, DePaul Law Review. Judicial Clerk to Hon. Thomas H. Newton, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. Admitted to practice in Missouri, Kansas, U.S. District Court for Western District of Missouri and District of Kansas. Litigation, Employment Law. E-mail: email@example.com Jack M. Beal J.D., with Highest Honors, University of Tulsa, 2006; B.S., William Jewell College, 2003. Order of the Curule Chair; Editor, Tulsa Law Review. Construction Law, Debtor-Creditor Law, Equipment Dealers & Associations, Mergers & Acquisitions, General Business Law, Sports & Entertainment Law. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Aimee A. Minnich J.D., University of Kansas, 2007; B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Rockhurst University, 2003. Note & Comment Editor, Kansas Law Review; “Rational Regulation of Payday Lending” published in Volume 16 of the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy; Recipient, UMB Estate Planning Award. Estate Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions, General Business Law, Tax & Tax Exemption. E-mail: email@example.com 14 Sarah E. Preston J.D., University of Kansas, 2007; B.S., Cum Laude, Kansas State University, 2004. Intern for the Honorable John W. Lungstrum, United States District Court for the District of Kansas; Recipient, CALI Awards in Contracts I and Commercial Arbitration. Employment Law, Litigation. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Carol A. Cleaver, of Counsel J.D., University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2006; B.A., Summa Cum Laude, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2002. Member: Hispanic Bar Association, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. Employment, Commercial Litigation. E-mail: email@example.com Robert J. Mann, of Counsel J.D., Summa Cum Laude, University of Missouri at Kansas City, 1966; A.B., William Jewell College, 1963. University of Missouri at Kansas City Law Review. Past Member, Executive Council MARC Solid Waste Management District. Founder, Greater KC Marathon and 10K; Executive Director, Bridging the Gap, Inc. General Business Law, Environmental Law, Real Estate, Estate Planning. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org H. Boone Porter, III, of Counsel J.D., New York University, 1976; B.A., Yale University, 1972. Past President and Director, Friends of the Libraries of University of Missouri at Kansas City. Appellate Practice, Trusts, Civil Litigation, Venture Capital, Business, Corporate, Securities, Bank Regulatory, Governmental Entity, Administrative Law. E-mail: email@example.com The Rest of Our Family Our firm is staffed with experienced paralegals, administrative assistants and other support personnel to meet the needs of our clients. They share our values of caring, integrity and respect and our corresponding desire to provide personalized services. They are important members of our legal team and are always ready to help. Our Paralegal Team includes: Cari Matias, Jeanette Among the rest of our family, with many years of service to Schmeltz, Tanya Braa (standing), Risa Olds, Amy our firm, are Chris Eslinger, Barbara Ragan, Cheryl Poolman (seated). Boldridge (seated), Karen Montgomery, Sharon Silvers, Janey Sturgis, Joyce Flack (standing). 15 When Needed, Alliance Members Can Help. When our clients need local counsel outside Missouri and Kansas or expertise outside our areas of specialty, we frequently contact our fellow members in The Law Firm Alliance. The Law Firm Alliance is a loose affiliation of mid-size law firms invited to join due to their reputations for excellence and similar practice philosophies. It is currently composed of 46 firms throughout the United States, as well as member firms in Canada, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Mexico and The Netherlands. We Practice More Than Law. We like to think we practice what we preach, encouraging our attorneys and staff to give back to the community through the civic and charitable organizations of their choice. Our firm annually conducts its own fundraising drive for Heart of America United Way. In addition, some of our attorneys occupy active and/or leadership positions in organizations including Catholic Charities, the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, United Jewish Appeal, Legal Aid, health organization boards, political groups, university foundations, environmental groups, neighborhood groups, bar associations, theater groups and service organizations for the elderly and disadvantaged. We’re proud of our community involvement and the spirit it reflects. There’s A Lot More To Learn. The only way to really get to know Seigfreid, Bingham, Levy, Selzer & Gee is to spend some time with its people. We encourage you to do that. For many of our areas of practice, we can provide you with detailed materials that are no doubt helpful to get a feel for what we do. But more important is to get a feel for who we are. We invite you to call any of our attorneys or visit our office. This law firm – this family of lawyers – would welcome the opportunity to get to know you better. SEIGFREID BINGHAM LEVY SELZER & GEE 2800 Commerce Tower 911 Main Street Kansas City, Missouri 64105 www.sblsg.com P 816.421.4460 F 816.474.3447 16
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