MRSB News

MRSB Welcomes Michael J. Kelly

KANSAS CITY, Missouri, (September 19, 2016) - McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan PC, announced that Michael J. Kelly has joined the Firm on September 12, 2016 as an Associate. Mr. Kelly is a member of the Firm’s Construction & Architect/Engineer Law practice group, and the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group. He brings with him ...

MRSB Welcomes Staci Olvera Schorgl

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (September 19, 2016) McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan, PC, announced that Staci Olvera Schorgl joined the Firm as a Shareholder. Ms. Schorgl is a member of the Firm’s Banking & Financial Services Group, Employment Law Group, Corporate and Business Transactions Group, and Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group. She practices in ...

Pete Smith and Jonathan Margolies – The Best Lawyers in America©

Congratulations to R. Pete Smith* and Jonathan A. Margolies** on having been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for their work in the following practice areas: R. Pete Smith - Litigation – Bankruptcy Jonathan A. Margolies - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorgan...

Five Tips for Starting a Business

Understanding your tax obligation is one key to business success. When you start a business, you need to know about income taxes, payroll taxes and much more. Here are five IRS tax tips that can help you get your business off to a good start: 1. Business Structure. An early choice you need to make is to decide on the type of structure for ...

‘We’re a little bit DIFFERENT’ - McDowell Rice brings libertarian ethos to law practice

By: Scott Lauck, May 17, 2016 [Money20 – Missouri Lawyers Weekly Reprint] McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan is the formal kind of law firm where the chairman, R. Pete Smith, is listed as “Mr. Smith” on the nameplate on his door. It’s also the kind of place where Smith feels free to play the occasional game of fetch with his dog, Roxie, who is hangi...

Pete and LesLee Smith Receive “Justice for the Innocent Award” from The Midwest Innocence Project

Pete and LesLee Smith Receive “Justice for the Innocent Award” from The Midwest Innocence Project ...

Pete and LesLee Smith Receive “Justice for the Innocent Award” from The Midwest Innocence Project

Congratulations to Pete and LesLee Smith on receiving the “Justice for the Innocent Award” at the 2016 Faces of Innocence fundraiser gala benefiting The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP). Mr. Smith served on MIP’s Board of Directors for years and became President of the Board in 2013, and is currently the 2016 Advisory Board President. Mr. Smit...

John Gariglietti and KCWJC Honored for Pro Bono Work

The Kansas City Chapter of Empower Missouri will honor The Kansas City Worker Justice Center (KCWJC) at the 2016 Empower Missouri Award Dinner on May 25, 2016. KCWJC was chosen because of the pro bono work they have done in Metropolitan Kansas City for more than 10 years assisting the victims of wage theft, helping workers recover lost wages and l...

Tom Buchanan Participates in Annual Construction Industry Outlook Assembly

The annual Construction Industry Outlook Assembly hosted by Ingram’s Magazine was held on May 12, 2016 . Tom Buchanan participated in the Assembly along with 40 other experts in the construction industry, including construction companies, contractor associations, builders, architects, engineers, electricians, and attorneys. Talking points include...

Beware: Credit Unions Remain Subject to Hearing for Certain Reaffirmations in Bankruptcy

When a debtor seeks to reaffirm a debt, and the debtor acts pro se with respect to the reaffirmation, the Bankruptcy Code requires a court hearing to approve, unless real property secures the debt. 11 USC 524(c)(6). The 2005 Bankruptcy amendments included a new section 524(m) inserting a presumption of undue hardship where the debtors’ monthly expe...