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LEWANNA BELL-LLOYD is a sole practitioner in Olathe, where her main area of practice is family law. She earned her B.S.E. and J.D. degrees from the University of Kansas. Ms. Bell-Lloyd has spoken for various professional groups on topics relating to her area of practice. She is a member of the Johnson County and Kansas bar associations, and a past member of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association. Ms. Bell-Lloyd is admitted to practice in Kansas.
GAIL BERKOWITZ is a partner at the law firm of Berkowitz Cook Gondring Driskell & Drobeck LLC. Ms. Berkowitz focuses her practice on family law in Missouri and Kansas. She has extensive experience handling complex matrimonial matters, business valuations and tracing of assets, division of property, child custody, modification of orders, antenuptial agreements, and appellate practice. Ms. Berkowitz is a member of The Missouri Bar, the Eastern Jackson County Bar Association and the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She earned her B.S. degree from Washington University and her J.D. degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
CHRISTOPHER P. LAWSON is a managing member of Lawson Law Office, LLC. He practices in the areas of family law; general civil litigation; health law; business, corporate, and employment law; insurance and claims administration; elder law and estate planning; administrative law; and commercial and residential real estate. Mr. Lawson brings his experience as a trial lawyer, business owner, and insurance company claims executive to every case he takes for his clients. He has won federal jury trials, state court, and administrative hearings. Mr. Lawson also helps businesses and individuals with their transactional needs, including organizing a business, employment matters, transactions with third parties, and estate planning. He is a member of the American, Kansas, and Kansas City Metropolitan bar associations. Mr. Lawson earned his B.S. degree, cum laude, from Baker University; his M.H.S.A. degree from the University of Kansas Graduate School; and his J.D. degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
LESLIE L. LAWSON is a solo practitioner with the Leslie L. Lawson Law Offices LLC, located in Kansas City, Missouri. She practices in all areas of family law, including dissolution, adoption, paternity, and guardianships cases. Ms. Lawson serves as a court appointed guardian ad litem and mediator in Jackson County. She also has experience in the drafting of qualified domestic relations orders required to divide retirement benefits. In addition to family law, Ms. Lawson practices in the areas of estate planning, traffic matters, and trademark law. She is licensed to practice law in the states of Missouri and Kansas, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Lawson is an active member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Association of Women’s Lawyers, and Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts. She earned her B.S. degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and her J.D. degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
HOWARD L. LOTVEN is a sole practitioner with the law office of Howard L. Lotven P.C. Mr. Lotven primarily represents clients in criminal/municipal courts and traffic courts. He has been either a prosecutor or a defense attorney in more than 10,000 cases. Mr. Lotven also represents clients in family law matters, including divorce, paternity, modification of child support, custody and visitation. His professional associations and memberships include the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Municipal Court Committee, Family Law Committee, Criminal Law Section, Volunteer Attorney Project), The Missouri Bar (Criminal Law Committee, General Practice Committee), the Municipal Court Prosecutors Association of Western Missouri, the Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association, and the Association of Women Lawyers. Mr. Lotven is admitted to practice in Missouri and before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the U.S. Federal Court. He presently serves as a lecturer for the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association on practicing in municipal and traffic courts. Mr. Lotven earned his B.A. degree, with honors, from Drake University and his J.D. degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
VALERIE MOORE is the owner of the Law Offices of Valerie L. Moore, LLC, where she practices in the areas of divorce, child custody, guardianship/conservatorships, adoption, child support, LGBTQ family law matters, and various other family issues. Ms. Moore has lectured numerous times for both the Kansas Bar Association and the Johnson County Bar Association. She has authored “The Role of Guardian Ad Litem in Family Law Matters,” ABA web article. Ms. Moore is a past president of the Kansas Bar Association Family Law Section, current secretary for the Johnson County Family Law American Inn of Court, president of the Johnson County Family Law Section, and is a member of various other bar associations. She earned her B.S. degree from Kansas State University and her J.D. degree from Washburn University School of Law.
ELIZABETH WALSH is licensed to practice law in both Kansas and New York. Ms. Walsh is an honors graduate of the University of Albany, New York. She received her J.D. degree from New York Law School, where she was a distinguished member of the Moot Court Association. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Walsh served as an assistant corporation counsel for the city of New York. She then worked in general litigation for a mid-sized firm in New York City. Ms. Walsh was a certified mediator in New York and New Jersey, focusing mainly on divorce, prior to her family’s relocation. She became a partner in Boothe Walsh Law & Mediation LLC, in 2017. She serves as a member of the Executive Board for both the Johnson County Bar Association and the Johnson County Family Law Inn of Court.June 13 - Wichita
BRENDAN J. BURKE is a partner with the law firm of Norton Wasserman Jones & Kelly LLC, where he practices family law. Mr. Burke is a member of the American, Kansas and Saline-Ottawa County (past president) bar associations. He earned his B.S. degree from Pittsburgh State University and his J.D. degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
ROBERT S. JONES is a partner with the firm of Norton Wasserman Jones & Kelly LLC, where he practices in family law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, Saline County Bar Association (past president), Kansas Trial Lawyers Association (past vice president), and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAMLA), and current president of the Kansas Chapter. Mr. Jones earned his B.A. degree from Pittsburgh State University and his J.D. degree, with honors, from Washburn School of Law. He was a former speaker for the Kansas Bar Association and the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association.
KARI NELSON is an attorney who has handled a variety of family law cases, including divorce, child custody, child support, adoption, paternity, and guardianship. She also has handled a number of criminal law cases from traffic to misdemeanor to felony and appeals. Ms. Nelson also does work in the area of wills, trusts, and estate planning and general probate law. She graduated cum laude from Washburn Law School in 2003. During law school, she participated in Law Journal, Moot Court, and Law Clinic. Directly after law school, Ms. Nelson worked directly with the late Judge Elliott of the Kansas Court of Appeals as a research attorney.
TONY A. POTTER is a partner of Ward Potter LLC. Mr. Potter has extensive experience in family law including divorce, child custody, parenting time, and child support. He has handled hundreds of cases from beginning to end ranging from simple divorces to highly contested custody cases and appeals. Additionally, Mr. Potter has been a mediator in both domestic and civil law since 2000 and has mediated over 300 cases primarily concerning divorce and child custody. He received his B.A. degree from Washburn University of Topeka and his J.D. degree from Washburn University School of Law. Mr. Potter was named an Outstanding Attorney in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Justice Trial Advocacy, and was recognized for an Outstanding Brief in 2003 by the United States Department of Justice Appellate Advocacy.
MICHAEL J. STUDTMANN is principal of The Law Offices of Michael James Studtmann, P.A., where he practices in the areas of bankruptcy, divorce, child custody, estate planning, probate, and criminal defense. He has more than 31 years of experience and has a strong reputation for protecting the rights of his clients ethically and competently. Mr. Studtmann is a member of the Wichita Bar Association (Lawyer's Assistance Committee), Kansas Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in Kansas and before the U.S. District Court District of Kansas and the 10th circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Studtmann earned his B.A. degree from Bethany College and J.D. degree from Washburn University School of Law.