MRSB News

Tiffany A. McFarland honored—Best of the Bar 2014

Congratulations to Tiffany A. McFarland on being selected to the Kansas City Business Journal's 2014 Best of the Bar. Ms. McFarlandwas honored in a special section of the Kansas City Business Journal published September 26, 2014. Ms. McFarland has focused her practice exclusively in the area of domestic relations litigation. Ms. McFarland repres...

Midwest Innocence Project President Pete Smith welcomes new volunteers

Midwest Innocence Project (“MIP”) President, Pete Smith (center), hosted a “Happy Hour” to welcome t...

Greg Spies obtains a temporary restraining order

McDowell Rice obtained a temporary restraining order in Johnson County District Court preserving the court’s jurisdiction and restraining the defendants and their two international law firms from pursuing a temporary restraining order in a later filed Georgia state court action seeking to prohibit McDowell Rice's client from enforcing its contract ...

Rob Maher obtains $11.58 million judgment for trustee and bondholder

Rob Maher filed a receivership and foreclosure lawsuit on behalf of both a bank in its capacity as trustee under certain industrial development bonds and the industrial development bondholders against a borrower in Wyandotte County, Kansas. Mr. Mahersuccessfully moved for the immediate appointment of a receiver to supplant the borrower controlled e...

Hugh Marshall, Jim Daniels and Mike Gorman obtain confidential settlement in a case alleging fraud, conspiracy and aiding and abetting fraud against borrower’s prior lender

Hugh Marshall, Jim Daniels and Mike Gorman recovered for Client bank a confidential settlement from Defendant on allegations of fraud, conspiracy and aiding and abetting fraud. A borrower who had defaulted on a multi-million dollar loan confessed that he never owned any of the collateral he had pledged to secure Client bank’s loan. Client bank subs...

Understanding the "vacancy” provisions in your building insurance policy

The recent decision in Oakdale Mall Associates vs. Cincinnati Insurance Company, 702 F3d 1119 (8th Cir. 2013) reminds landlords to check their insurance coverage, especially for vacant buildings. Oakdale shows that determining whether your building is vacant is a technical task. “Vacancy” may permit your insurance carrier to assert reduced covera...

McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan announces the addition of Scott A. Long as a Shareholder

McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan announces the addition of Scott A. Long as a Shareholder. Mr. Long’s practice areas include: Banking & Financial Services, Corporate & Business Transactions, and Real Estate Law. Mr. Long brings more than 25 years of experience and represents clients in all aspects of real estate, lending, general corporate and b...

Rebecca Martin achieves offer in compromise success

During 2013, Rebecca filed Offers in Compromises for taxpayers which were accepted by the IRS compro...

Rob Maher and Kristie Orme obtain $1.9 million judgment for bank against borrower

After filing suit on behalf of a bank client against a borrower and a number of other lienholders for default under a commercial loan, Rob Maher and Kristie Orme successfully obtained summary judgment against the borrower and the junior lienholders for all amounts owed under the loan documents plus attorneys' fees and costs. The borrower and a juni...

The Midwest Innocence Project elects R. Pete Smith as President and announces relocation to Plaza’s historic Skelly Building

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE KANSAS CITY, Missouri (October 21, 2013) – The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) announced that R. Pete Smith was elected President of the not-for-profit corporation. Mr. Smith is the Chairman and Senior Partner of McDowell, Rice, Smith & Buchanan, P.C., where he has worked for 49 years. He graduated from the University of Mi...