MRSB News

MRSB Volunteer Program – 2013 in Review

Every year, our goal for the McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan Volunteer Program is to achieve 100% participation, and we did so again in 2013 with every attorney and staff member volunteering their time for over 80 personally-selected charities. In addition to our volunteer efforts, Firm members contributed and/or helped raise over $92,100 in suppo...

Mike Gorman defeats NLRB unfair labor practice charge

Client is a family owned fast food restaurant. In August, 2013, several of restaurant’s employees struck as a part of the nation-wide fast food workers’ strike. Following the one day strike, one striker, with union assistance, brought a NLRB unfair labor practices charge against restaurant. Employee claimed that restaurant cut his hours and chan...

Salvation Army and United Way Charity "Calls to Action" Answered

This year, McDowell Rice committed to a record-breaking number of adoptions, surpassing our former r...

Important change to Missouri Commercial Credit Agreement Statute

Effective August 28, 2013, the Missouri statute relating to commercial credit agreements, Section 432.047, has been changed to add the requirement that any credit agreements must be executed by both the debtor and the lender. Under the prior version of Section 432.047, Subsection 2, a debtor could not maintain an action or defense relating to a ...

McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan - Ingrams Best Companies to Work For

McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan is distinguished as a Winner (Small Company category) in Ingram's 201...

Super Lawyers 2013 Annual List

Congratulations to the following attorneys who have been selected to the 2013 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers List in their primary practice area, and are featured in the 2013 Super Lawyers Magazine for Missouri & Kansas: R. Pete Smith - Business Litigation Thomas R. Buchanan - Construction Litigation Michael J. Gorman - Business Litigation ...

Ingrams 2013 Legal Industry Outlook Assembly

McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan co-sponsored Ingram’s 2013 Annual Legal Industry Outlook Assembly on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The discussion focused heavily on corporate and business law. Senior Partner and Chairman Pete Smith co-chaired the assembly; Jonathan Margolies was also a participant. More than ten of the most prominent law firms in Kansas C...

McDowell Rice successfully defends two appeals in dissolution of marriage action

McDowell Rice successfully defended two appeals in a dissolution of marriage action. The first appeal centered around the Platte County, Missouri Circuit Court’s classification of a business entity as marital property and award of $2,750,000 in equity from the business entity to our client. The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District upheld the...

Best Law Firm Awards & Recognition

Best Law Firms list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2011 - Present McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan, PC has been named to the Best Law Firms list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide, have joined to rank more than 10,000 law firms in 118 pract...

Jury awards more than $16 million to small business

On May 7, 2009, McDowell, Rice attorney Tom Buchanan won a $16,738,500 victory for ICE Corp., a small Kansas manufacturer of aircraft de-icing controllers. ICE sued corporate giant Hamilton Sundstrand and its French affiliate, Ratier Figeac, for misappropriation of ICE’s trade secrets. The lawsuit involved development and sale to Airbus of de-icing...