Each year, Law & Politics Magazine mails over 23,000 ballots to Missouri and Kansas lawyers, asking them to nominate the best lawyers they’ve personally observed in action. Research is then conducted on each candidate, dividing them into more than 60 practice areas. A panel of preeminent peers in each practice area then evaluates each candidate. From the original pool of candidates, only 5% of Missouri and Kansas attorneys are selected as Super Lawyers®. While we feel all of our attorneys at CECB are super lawyers, here are the six named by Law & Politics as Super Lawyers® for 2006:
Cliff is currently serving as the 84th President of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association. The Supreme Court appointed Cliff to the Board of Law Examiners in 2003. As a Board member, Cliff’s role involves the investigation and determination of the character and fitness of individuals seeking admission to the bar, determining the qualifications of practicing attorneys from other states seeking to be admitted to the Missouri Bar, and in developing, administering, and grading the examinations of new applicants seeking admission to the bar.
A graduate of the University of Missouri- Columbia (B.S., with honors, in 1965 and J.D. in 1968), 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 to provide continuing legal education to members of the legal profession.
Cliff’s community involvement includes being a Member of the Ethics Committee of Cox Health Systems, and he has served as a Member of the Developmental Center of the Ozarks as well as the Burrell Center.
Tom’s experience includes the preparation of basic and sophisticated estate planning documents, as well as wealth transfer planning for high net worth clients, closely held business owners and their families. The author of several publications and a frequent lecturer on estate planning topics, Tom was elected a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in 2004.
Over the years, Tom has devoted a substantial amount of his time towards civic and charitable activities including the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, the Springfield Public Schools Foundation, the Springfield-Greene County Library Foundation, the History Museum of the Ozarks, the Hospice Foundation of Southwest Missouri, and the Child Advocacy Council. Tom 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 received his bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University, cum laude, in 1977, and his law degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1980.
In 2003, Bill was appointed as the Legal Advisor to the International Brotherhood of Magicians, a not-for-profit organization consisting of over 14,000 amateur and professional magicians worldwide. Bill has also served the
organization as a member of the Endowment Committee as well as the Business Systems Committee.
A Fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel, Bill’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University in 1974, a law degree in 1977 from the University of Missouri, and an LL.M. in Taxation from Southern Methodist University in 1980.
In 2005, John was appointed by Governor Matt Blunt to serve on the University of Missouri Board of Curators, a nine-person governing body of a four-campus system, which includes the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Missouri-Rolla, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. John received his bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University in 1971 and his law degree, cum laude, in 1974 from the University of Missouri. In 1975, John received his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Miami.
Brad received both his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1978 and 1981, respectively, and received his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Miami in 1984.
Brad has also devoted time to civic and charitable organizations, recently serving as president of the Developmental Center of the Ozarks.
Throughout his illustrious career, Chip 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 Chip’s practice include a variety of
business transactions, real estate development and related litigation and probate litigation. A former arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, New York Stock Exchange, and a present arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers, Chip was elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Association in
Chip’s community involvement includes serving as a director of Hickory Hills Country Club since 2003, as well as serving as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Governmental Relations Committee (1995-present). He has also served as an Elder at the First and Calvary Presbyterian Church and on the Board of Directors for Leadership Springfield and the Housing Authority of Springfield. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University in 1980, and law degree, as an E. Eugene Mason Endowed Scholar, in 1983 from Southern Methodist University School of Law.