Family Law Attorney
Scott understands that, unless you are his older sister just checking up on him, if you are reading this website that you are likely feeling afraid and possibly vulnerable from not having the answers or information you need to make good choices and decisions. You want and need the answers to your questions so you can avoid a bad outcome with your divorce or custody case. Scott can help. He listens to you to learn what your objectives and goals are, and then together, as a team, you and Scott will find solutions and the next steps towards your objectives.
Scott handles, with honesty and integrity, all aspects of Kansas and International complex Family Law matters, including divorce, spousal and child support, child custody, and premarital agreements. Scott accepts traditional litigation, mediation, arbitration, and collaborative law cases.
He places an early emphasis on seeking creative solutions to facilitate settlement because he knows that 95% of all cases settle by an agreement of the parties. But if the case does not settle quickly, he is experienced at presenting your case at trial to the judge.
Scott strives to exceed the client’s expectations for quality legal representation in every family law representation, and to respond to each client’s needs quickly and professionally. He is both solution-oriented and results-oriented in his approach to reach unique case.
Scott is highly trained, experienced, and highly focused, and because he limits his practice to family law cases, he can dedicate quality time and effort to each client and to each case. He is experienced in complex custody and financial cases, especially cases involving closely held businesses.
Scott enjoys spending time with his family and friends, his two dogs, watching the Chiefs and Royals (and Sporting), and if time permits, he plays golf. He is a terrible golfer, however, because as the below list of his experience, activities, publications, awards, and accomplishments indicates, he rarely has time to play.
Scott received his law degree at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is or has been an active member of the Johnson County Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section; 2018 Chair of Maintenance Guidelines Task Force), Kansas Bar Association (President, Family Law Section 2008-2009), The Missouri Bar (Member, Family Law Section), and the American Bar Association (Chair, Bankruptcy Committee of the Family Law Section, 2009-2012; Member, Editorial Board of “Family Advocate” 2011-2014).
Scott is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (National Membership Chair 2016-18; National Treasurer, 2019-20; Kansas Delegate to National Board 2018; Kansas Chapter President 2015-17), Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (Board Member, USA Chapter); Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals; President, The Mercury Club (2004); Board Member, Children’s’ Therapeutic Learning Center (1995-2001). He is a Member and Master of the Bar of the Johnson County Family Law Inn of Court.
Scott has been selected by peers for the honors of “Best of the Bar” (Kansas City Business Journal), Missouri/Kansas “Super Lawyers,” and he is included in The Best Lawyers of America for Family Law published by U.S. News. He was selected by U.S. News as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Kansas City for Family Law Mediation for 2020. Scott is peer-rated “AV-Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell, their highest level of professional excellence.
Scott is a past Editor-in-Chief of the Kansas Bar Association’s “Practitioner’s Guide to Family Law,” 2nd Edition (2013) and is a frequent presenter at the AAML, ABA, and state and local bar association continuing legal education seminars. He co-authored the book “Divorce in Kansas,” and because you need answers, his book is available here.