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 three named by Law & Politics as Super Lawyers® for 2008.
Cliff 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. 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 Board of Directors of Community Foundation of the Ozarks, a Member of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Developmental Center of the Ozarks, as well as being a member of the Board of Directors of the Burrell Center.
In 2005, the Missouri Senate confirmed John’s appointment by Governor Matt Blunt to serve on the University of Missouri Board of Curators, representing the Seventh Congressional District. The Board of Curators is a nine-person governing body of a four-campus system including 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 where he was a Law Review Editor, member of the National Moot Court Team and Order of Coif. In 1975, John received his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Miami. John is a member of the Springfield Metropolitan and American Bar Associations, as well as The Missouri Bar Foundation, and he has been active in Bar Association activities involving continuing legal education.
John has significant experience in environmental law over the last 20 years. He has handled litigation with government agencies and private parties under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Superfund and toxic torts. He regularly advises business clients on environmental regulation, permitting issues and real estate transactions. He also has many years experience with large and 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.
John received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, with honors, in 1975 and his law degree, cum laude, in 1979 from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was a Member of Order of the Coif, and Note and Comment Editor of the Missouri Law Review.
He has served on the Boards of the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation, the Visiting Nurse Association, and Project Parkway in Springfield. Additionally, Mr. Price is currently serving a two-year term on the Springfield Sister Cities Association Board of Directors. He is a member of the Springfield Metropolitan and American Bar Associations, as well as the Missouri Bar.