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Latest News

Pat McInerney Interviewed about Violent Crime in Kansas City

Spencer Fane Partner Pat McInerney, a former president of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners, was recently interviewed on KCUR radio’s Up To Date show about the problem of violent crime in Kansas City. In the interview, which included Jeff Simon, also a former president of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners, Pat discussed the critical need for any solution to involve community engagement and trust within the community. Both McInerney and Simon agreed that violent crime is much more than just a police problem, and needs a comprehensive approach.

The interview was also featured in the Kansas City Star’s Sunday editorial, titled “Here’s how you can help tackle Kansas City’s violent crime problem.” You can listen to the interview here, and read the Star’s editorial here.

Pat is a partner in the Spencer Fane White Collar and Government Investigations practice group. He brings over two decades of experience as a trial lawyer, having first-chaired many high profile and complex cases in federal and state courts. As a former state and federal prosecutor, last with the Organized Crime Strike Force Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri, Pat’s background prosecuting organized crime and public corruption give him a unique understanding of investigative and prosecution priorities, and allow him to counsel individuals and companies facing federal criminal or civil investigation.

What property owners need to know about new registration requirements

Missouri Governor Greitens recently signed into law, RSMO §347.048, a new registration requirement affecting limited liability companies (LLCs) that own and either rent or lease real property, or own vacant real property, located in Kansas City, Missouri or Independence, Missouri.

Josh Dickinson Discusses Ethics Issues that Impact Debt Collection Attorneys

On Monday, July 17, Spencer Fane partner Josh Dickinson joined a panel discussion at this year’s ACA convention (Association of Credit and Collection Professionals), updating debt collection attorneys on ethics issues.

Through Leadership Las Vegas, Mary Bacon Makes a Difference for Schoolchildren

As an active member of Leadership Las Vegas, Spencer Fane attorney Mary Bacon is helping make a difference in lives of local schoolchildren. Mary’s Leadership Las Vegas class is placing Buddy Benches at 10 schools in the Clark County School District to help reduce bullying and integrate students.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Ed Herman to Firm’s Real Estate Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Ed Herman, who joins the firm as Of Counsel and brings more than 30 years of legal experience to the firm’s Real Estate practice.

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Latest Publications

Major Changes to Missouri Human Rights Act Signed Into Law by Governor Greitens

On Friday, June 30, 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed Senate Bill 43 into law. The Bill implements significant changes to the Missouri Human Rights Act (“MHRA”) and will likely have a significant impact on the litigation of MHRA claims. When he signed the legislation, Governor Greitens touted Senate Bill 43 for bringing Missouri law in closer alignment with the standards under federal law and 38 other states’ laws.

CERCLA Due Diligence Requirements Revised to Reflect Updated Phase I Standard for Forested and Rural Land

Purchasers of rural and forested land need to be aware of a recent change in EPA’s environmental due diligence rules. On June 20, 2017, EPA published a Direct Final Rule in the Federal Register, amending the All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) Rule, 40 CFR Part 312, to reflect 2016 updates to ASTM E2247, a standard for Phase I investigations on rural and forested land.

Sale of New Aircraft With Used Engine Supports Claim of Fraud

The Texas Court of Appeals in Dallas ruled this week that a buyer purchasing a new aircraft from the manufacturer made a submissible case of fraud against the seller when it introduced evidence that one of the aircraft engines had previously been used on another aircraft, and that this fact had not been fully disclosed to the buyer.

7th Circuit Holds That Title VII’s Prohibition on Sex Discrimination Includes A Prohibition on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

On April 4, 2017, the en banc Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overruled its own precedent and became the first Circuit to hold that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation can constitute unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII.

Requirements for Arizona employers to stay in compliance with new paid sick leave law

In November, 2016, voters in the State of Arizona adopted Proposition 206, known as The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Initiative. As of July 1, 2017, all employers in Arizona must provide employees with paid sick leave.

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Latest Events

COBRA Basics and More – Webinar

Laura Fischer, Ken Mason and Julia Vander Weele, partners in the Spencer Fane Employee Benefits group will conduct a webinar providing a refresher on COBRA basics, discuss the future of COBRA (in the event of a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act), and address several case-law developments.

Who’s Talking to Your Employees About Retirement? and Why You Should Care. – Seminar

Greg Ash, Chair of the Spencer Fane Employee Benefits group, will join Chris Costello of bloom to a conduct a seminar geared toward HR and benefits professionals titled, “Who’s talking to your employees about retirement, and why you should care.” Greg will focus on the topic “The DOL’s fiduciary rule: now what?”

25th Annual Midwest Section Air and Waste Management Association

Paul Jacobson will present “EPA’s Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule.”


Click here to learn more about the conference.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City to perform Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters this weekend

Spencer Fane is proud to be an underwriter of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s Exploration Series, featuring in its next performance, Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters.

Advanced HOA Issues – Triple Crown, Developer Trifecta & Changes on the Horizon

Lisa Mayers will present “Advanced HOA Issues – Triple Crown, Developer Trifecta & Changes on the Horizon Stalled Development: Development Rights—Foreclosed, Expired, Ongoing; Unfinished Projects; Unannexed and Unannexable” to attorneys and developers sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association.

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