MRSB News

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...

Jason Buchanan Elected Board President for EPEC

Jason Buchanan has been elected President of the Board for EPEC, which is a nonprofit program. EPEC means Empowering Parents which will Empower and improve the lives of their Children. EPEC starts with the need for a living wage and teaches the parents admitted a trade enabling them to transition off welfare through a living wage. Studies sho...

Meadowbrook Environmental Testing Finds No Damage From Herbicides

Meadowbrook Environmental Testing Finds No Damage From Herbicides [Reprint: Prairie Village Post, April 5, 2016 – Thomas R. Buchanan referenced] Extensive environmental testing on the Meadowbrook land set to become a new public park revealed no problematic toxin levels associated with the use of herbicides, pesticides or fungicides on the f...

Adam Gasper successfully obtains injunctive relief in Federal Court for local commercial distributor, forcing large shipment of product

Adam Gasper recently persuaded federal judge, Hon. Brian C. Wimes, to issue an injunction requiring a Colorado company to ship more than $325,000 of product to their local client, a long-time distributor of commercial and industrial tools and building materials. The parties had a 25-year distributorship relationship that had recently deteriorated....

MRSB Welcomes John Bentley Gariglietti

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (February 24, 2016) McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan, PC, announced that John Bentley Gariglietti of Overland Park, Kansas, joined the Firm as a shareholder on February 22, 2016. Mr. Gariglietti brings with him an active practice in the areas of workers’ compensation, personal injury law, wrongful death and other civil matters. ...

MRSB announces 2016 Executive Board members

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (February 1, 2016) – At its 2016 Annual Meeting, the Law Firm of McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan, PC, announced that R. Pete Smith as Chairman, Thomas R. Buchanan as President, Jonathan A. Margolies, Kristie Remster Orme, Greg T. Spies, and Michael J. Gorman as General Counsel, will serve on the Firm’s Executive Board. It wa...

Quick victory for Lou Wade and Ania Moncrief

Plaintiff sued Lou Wade's client, a Buffalo, NY-based Defendant, on August 14, 2015 in Wyandotte County, Kansas. Plaintiff’s counsel located in Kansas City, KS frequently files similar claims. By November 6, 2015, Lou Wade and Ania Moncrief obtained dismissal and judgment for their client. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) imposes st...

Adam Gasper victorious in Title VII trial

Adam Gasper represented a female client in a lawsuit brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits workplace discrimination. The client had two claims against her employer. She first claimed she was qualified for but did not receive a position because she is a woman. No woman had ever held the position. The client also cla...

Tiffany McFarland Honored - Best of the Bar 2015

Congratulations to Tiffany McFarland on being selected to the Kansas City Business Journal's 2015 Best of the Bar. Ms. McFarland was honored in a special section of the Kansas City Business Journal published September 25, 2015, and was quoted as saying: "Some of the best advice I have received as a family law practitioner is to be open and re...