7 CECB Attorneys Selected for Inclusion on the 2012 Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyers and Missouri Kansas Rising Stars Lists
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 and no more than 2.5% are named to the Rising Stars list. Meet the Seven CECB Attorneys that were included on the lists.
Super Lawyers 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. John has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
John is a member of the American College of Tax Counsel. The College is made up of approximately 700 fellows who have been chosen by their peers in recognition of their outstanding reputations and contributions in the field of tax law. John is also a fellow of the American and the Missouri bar foundations.
John 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). John has also served as an author and editor for the Missouri Law Review, The Journal of S Corporations and The Tax Lawyer.
John recently completed service as a member of the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri System (2005-2011).
John as been included on the Missouri Kansas Super Lawyers® list 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].
Bill 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.
Bill 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. Bill has also been named to the “Best Lawyers in America” list by the publication of the same name.
Mr. Evans has been included on the Missouri Kansas Super Lawyers® list in 2006, and 2010-2012.
Joseph (Chip) Dow 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 Chip’s practice includes securities and other fraud and fiduciary duty related claims, both as an arbitrator and as counsel for the parties. He has tried a combined total of more than 50 arbitrations, 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.
Chip is a board member and currently the President of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, Chairman of the Non-Partisan Court Plan Committee, member of the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar and 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. In 2008, he Co-Chaired the Greene Countians for Fair and Impartial Judges Committee which was responsible for bringing theMissouri 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. Chip has also been named to the “Best Lawyers in America” list by the publication of the same name.
Chip was selected to the Missouri Kansas Super Lawyers® list in 2005 and 2006 and again for 2010-2012.
Clifford S. Brown practices in 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.
Cliff 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.
Cliff is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, as well as The Best Lawyers in America. He 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, Cliff was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Cliff ’s community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Burrell Center and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
Cliff has been selected to the Missouri Kansas Super Lawyers® list since 2005.
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.
Tom 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.
Tom has been honored since 2010 with being named to the “Best Lawyers in America” list. Tom was also 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.
Tom 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.
Tom was selected to the Missouri Kansas Super Lawyers® list in 2005 and 2006 and again for 2010-2012.
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. John has an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
John 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 has served as a board member for eight years and was the 2010-2012 President of the Springfield Sister Cities Association, and is currently on the board and entering a term as the 2012-2013 Chairperson of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. In the past he has served on the board and as President of the Wilsons Creek National Battlefield Foundation, as a board member and President of the Visiting Nurses Association of Springfield, as a member of the Springfield Environmental Advisory Board, as a member and volunteer for Project Parkway. John was recently honored with a 2012 Gift of Time Award fromThe City of Springfield and the Council of Churches of the Ozarks.
John has been selected to the Missouri Kansas Super Lawyers® list since 2007.
Rising Star List
Rich Maltby, a shareholder in the Litigation/Dispute Resolution Practice Group of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C., has been named to the Rising Stars list. This follows his recognition by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly as a Missouri Up and Coming Lawyer in 2011. Rich concentrates his practice in the areas of construction, architectural, engineering and development law, business litigation, real estate litigation, and alternative dispute resolution.
Rich has substantial experience handling all aspects of the construction process, including bidding, contract negotiation, project management, and claims resolution. His representation has included many widely recognized owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, design professionals, and lenders throughout Missouri, the Midwest, and the United States. Rich has counseled clients on diverse multi-million dollar projects, both public and private, including affordable housing, airports, assisted living facilities, biofuels and other industrial and manufacturing plants, casinos, historic rehabilitation and preservation, hotel and resort developments, medical facilities, mixed use developments, office, parking structures, power plants, shopping centers/retail, single and multi-family residential developments including houses, lofts, apartments, and luxury high-rise developments, utility and infrastructure systems, and water distribution facilities.