Each year, Law & Politics Magazine invites lawyers in each state to nominate top Missouri and Kansas lawyers, they’ve personally observed in action. Research is then conducted on each candidate dividing them into practice areas. A panel of preeminent peers in each practice area then evaluates each candidate. From the original pool of candidates, only 5 percent of Missouri and Kansas attorneys are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers. Meet the six CECB Attorneys that were included in the list.
John M. Carnahan III is a shareholder in the Transactional and Estate Planning Practice Groups of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C. He concentrates his practice in the areas of tax planning, corporate transactions, estate planning, and business succession planning for family-owned businesses.
Mr. Carnahan has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Carnahan has served as author and editor for the Missouri Law Review, The Journal of S Corporations and The Tax Lawyer.
Mr. Carnahan is also a member of the Springfield Metropolitan and American (Member, Sections on: Taxation, Business Law, and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law) Bar Associations, as well as The Missouri Bar (Chairman, Taxation Committee, 1984-1985). He is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, the American Bar Foundation, the Missouri Bar Foundation, and has been active in Bar Association activities involving continuing legal education. He served as a member of the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri System from 2005 – 2011. Mr. Carnahan has been included on the Missouri Kansas “Super Lawyers” list published by Law and Politics magazine since 2006.
William E. Evans is a shareholder in the Transactional Practice Group of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C. He concentrates his practice in the areas of taxation, corporations, real estate, business, and employer/employee law. He has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell [highest rating possible].
Mr. Evans has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, tax free like-kind exchanges of real estate, and the formation and planning of limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations.
From July of 2003 to July of 2006, Mr. Evans was Legal Advisor to the International Brotherhood of Magicians, a not-for-profit organization consisting of over 12,000 amateur and professional magicians worldwide. Mr. Evans currently is a Member of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Grievance Committee.
Mr. Evans is a fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel, an elite group of only 700 tax lawyers in private practice, in law school teaching positions and in government, who are recognized for their excellence in tax practice and for their substantial contributions and commitment to the profession. Mr. Evans has been included on the Missouri Kansas “Super Lawyers” list in 2006, 2010 and 2011.
Clifford S. Brown is a member of the Estate Planning Practice Group of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C. He concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, and trust litigation, and related tax matters.
Mr. Brown earned his B.S., with honors, in Political Science and his J.D. from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law in 1965 and 1968, respectively. He has served as an educator and speaker on behalf of the Supreme Court of the State of Missouri, the Missouri Bar Association, the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law, and other organizations in providing continuing legal education to members of the legal profession.
Mr. Brown is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, as well as The Best Lawyers in America.. Mr. Brown served as the 84th President of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association in 2006. In September 2003, he was appointed to the Board of Law Examiners by the Supreme Court. In 1991, Mr. Brown was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Mr. Brown’s community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Burrell Center and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Mr. Brown has also been selected to the Missouri Kansas “Super Lawyers” list since 2005.
Joseph D. “Chip” Sheppard, III is a shareholder and Chairman of the Litigation/Dispute Resolution Practice Group of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C. He concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, business, securities and intellectual property litigation, dispute resolution and transactions. A substantial portion of Mr. Sheppard’s practice includes securities and other fraud and fiduciary duty related claims, both as an arbitrator and as counsel for the parties. Mr. Sheppard has tried a combined total of more than 50 arbitration’s, state and federal trials, both jury and non-jury, in his areas of concentration. Other areas of concentration are various business transactions, acquisitions, real estate development and related litigation and probate litigation.
He is a board member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, Chairman of the Non-Partisan Court Plan Committee, member of the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar, the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association. In 2005 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Association, an honor bestowed upon less than .5 percent of the Bar and was selected in 2005 and 2006 and again in 2010, to the “Super Lawyers” list. In 2008, he Co-Chaired the Greene Countians for Fair and Impartial Judges Committee which was responsible for bringing the Missouri Court Plan to Greene County, was a finalist for Missouri Lawyer of the Year and received the Missouri Bar Association and Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association President’s Awards in recognition of extraordinary service to those Associations and the legal profession. Finally, he has been named to the “Best Lawyers in America” list by the publication of the same name.
Thomas D. Peebles, Jr. is a shareholder and member of the Estate Planning Practice Group of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C. Mr. Peebles has concentrated his practice in estate planning and estate and trust administration matters since 1980.
Mr. Peebles has significant experience in the preparation of basic and sophisticated estate planning documents, and in wealth transfer planning for high net worth clients, closely held business owners and their families. He has been awarded an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell in recognition of his preeminent work in assisting his clients in achieving their estate planning goals and objectives. In 2004, Mr. Peebles was elected a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in recognition of distinguished service in the practice of estate planning, probate and trust law.
Mr. Peebles was honored in 2010 and 2011 by being named to the “Best Lawyers in America” list and has also been named on multiple occasions to the Missouri-Kansas “Super Lawyers” list In 2007, Mr. Peebles was elected by his peers as a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation. Membership as a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation is limited to one-third of one percent of the lawyers in America and is in recognition of a lawyer whose professional, public and private career has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community and to the traditions of the profession.
Mr. Peebles has, over the years, devoted a substantial amount of his time towards civic and charitable activities including the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, the Foundation for the Springfield Public Schools and the Springfield-Greene County Library Foundation.
Mr. Peebles was recognized as one of ten “Volunteers of the Year” as part of the 2004 Gift of Time Awards sponsored by the Council of Churches of the Ozarks.
John E. Price is a shareholder in the Litigation Practice Group of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C., concentrating in civil and business litigation, environmental law, corporate and real estate law and appellate practice. Mr. Price has wide experience in environmental law over the last 30 years. He has handled litigation under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Superfund and toxic torts. He regularly advises clients on environmental regulation, permitting and real estate transactions.
Mr. Price also has much experience with large, complex real estate and business transactions, and with commercial litigation involving leases, contracts and insurance disputes. He has argued over 75 appeals in federal and state appellate courts.
Mr. Price received his B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa, with honors, in 1975 and his J.D. cum laude, in 1979 from the University of Missouri at Columbia (Member Order of the Coif; Note and Comment Editor, Missouri Law Review). Mr. Price has been selected for inclusion on the Missouri Kansas “SuperLawyers” list since 2007 and has an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.