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Our Professionals

Delivering the highest quality legal advice and representation since 1959.

Paralegal
  • Cheryl Lobb
Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Jenny Beckett, RN

Founding Partners

Robert C. Smith (1923-2016)

Raymond C. Lewis, Jr. (1926-2004)


William Jay Powell

William Jay Powell

 

Education
  • University of Missouri-Columbia J.D., cum laude, 1981 (Order of the Coif)
  • Missouri Law Review member and editorial board
  • University of Missouri-Columbia A.B., 1972 (Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi)
  • Cabool (Missouri) High School 1968 (Salutatorian)
Bar Admissions
  • 1981, Missouri Bar
  • 1981, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • 1987, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 1989, U.S. Supreme Court
Publications

Legal Handbook for Freelancers (Outdoor Writers Association of America, 2009)

Justiciability and Foreign Affairs: The Treaty Termination Power, 46 Missouri Law Review 164 (1981).

The Right to Treatment: A Fabled Right Receives Judicial Recognition in Missouri (Eckerhart v. Hensley), 45 Missouri Law Review 357 (1980).

(Assorted articles and materials on estate planning topics, available to clients upon request. For example, see Estate Planning for Missouri Residents updated in 2017).

Contributed 100+ articles to various non-legal publications mostly about outdoor and travel adventures, also history, education, and legal issues.

Currently serve on editorial review board for The Missouri Bar Journal.

Legal Experience

During my employment since 1981 at Smith Lewis, LLP, I have handled various kinds of litigation and trials, including personal injury (plaintiffs and defense), medical malpractice (defense only), trust and estate litigation (plaintiffs and defense and as an expert witness), and business and real estate disputes. Recently I’ve become involved in public utility law matters. I also have considerable experience with alternative dispute resolution such as mediation. Litigation is a smaller part of my current practice as I have concentrated more on estate planning, trust and estate administration, and rendering advice to nonprofit organizations, including various journalists’ and writers’ organizations and entities that serve the disabled and the arts, but my practice remains broad and general.

Speaker

To professional and civic groups, mostly about various estate planning matters, but sometimes about my various hobbies.

Other Interests, Hobbies and Personal Information

International travel (35+ countries) and international law; backpacking and mountaineering (U.S., Andes, Alps, Caucasus, Himalaya, including climbs of highest mountains in South America, Europe, and Africa); growing grapes and making wine; eclectic reading; school board (12 years) and other local government service on boards and commissions; service on non-profit boards; mental health issues (worked seven years in Missouri’s Department of Mental Health, mostly in the maximum security unit, before attending law school). I’ve given advice about preservation of property of famous mountaineers and authors and other historically important real and personal property.

I was born in Cabool, Missouri, in 1949, am married, and have two sons.

Areas of Practice
  • Estate Planning/Probate/Trusts
  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
John L. Roark

John L. Roark

Education
  • University of Missouri-Columbia (A.B., cum laude, 1977)
  • University of Missouri-Columbia (M.A., Political Science, 1980)
  • University of Missouri-Columbia (J.D., 1985)
Bar Admissions
  • 1985, Missouri Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
Biography
  • Missouri Law Review (Member, 1983-1985 and Editor-in-Chief, 1984-1985)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2010
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers (Board of Directors, 2003-2009)
  • Electric Cooperative Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Areas of Practice
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Eminent Domain/Condemnation Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
Colly J. Durley

Colly J. Durley

Education
  • Northwest Missouri State University (B.S.Ed., cum laude, 1974)
  • University of Iowa (M.A., 1978)
  • University of Missouri at Columbia (J.D., 1986)
Bar Admissions
  • 1986, Missouri Bar
  • 1986, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • 2006, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • 1999, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 2000, U.S. Supreme Court
Biography
  • Member, Missouri Law Review, 1984-1986
  • Juvenile Justice Advisory Board
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Mediator
  • Elwood Thomas Inns of Court
Areas of Practice
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Employment Law
  • Public Utility Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Eminent Domain/Condemnation Law
James B. Lowery

James B. Lowery

Education
  • University of Missouri (B.S.B.A., 1986)
  • University of Missouri (M.B.A., 1989)
  • University of Missouri (J.D., cum laude, 1992)
Bar Admissions
  • 1992, Missouri Bar
  • 1992, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • 1995, Kansas Bar
  • 1995, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • 2001, Texas Bar
Biography
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Order of the Coif
  • Associate Managing Editor, 1991-1992, and Member, 1990-1992, Missouri Law Review
Areas of Practice
  • Public Utility Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Banking/Finance
  • Administrative Law
  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Eminent Domain/Condemnation Law
Michael R. Tripp

Michael R. Tripp

Education
  • Truman State University (B.S.E. cum laude, 1980)
    • Regents Scholar
    • Speech Team
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City (J.D. with distinction, 1993)
    • Member, Order of the Bench & Robe
    • Member, UMKC Law Review
    • UMKC Regional Trial Team
    • Recipient, Terry Thomas Trial Practice Achievement Award
    • Saul Lefkowitz National Moot Court Competition
    • Chancellor’s Award Scholar
    • Dean’s List – six semesters
Bar Admissions
  • 1993, Missouri Bar
  • 1994, Kansas Bar
  • 2000, U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships
  • Advisory Committee on Citizenship Education, Missouri Bar
  • Barrister, KCMBA Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court (1994 – 1995)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Lawyer’s Association
  • Federalist Society
Interests
  • Missouri High School Mock Trial Coach and Evaluator
  • Running and triathlons
Areas of Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Administrative Law
Phebe LaMar

Phebe LaMar

Education
  • Southwest Missouri State University (B.S., Cum Laude, 1996)
  • University of Missouri-Columbia (J.D., 2000)
Bar Admissions
  • 2000, Missouri Bar
  • 2001, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • 2003, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
Biography
  • Member, Journal of Dispute Resolution, 1998-2000
Areas of Practice
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Litigation
Sarah E. Giboney

Sarah E. Giboney

Education
  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law (J.D. 2000)
    • Missouri Law Review, associate member (1998-1999)
    • Charles G. Young Award, Best Work in Professional Responsibility
    • R. David Ray and Jacob Y. Garrett Trial Advocacy Award
  • University of Missouri-Columbia (B.S.W., cum laude, 1994)
Bar Admissions
  • 2000, Missouri Bar
  • 2001, Kansas Bar
Publications
  • Co-Author, Chapter 34, “Will Drafting and Execution,” Missouri Practice Methods of Practice Transaction Guide (2002)
  • Co-Drafter, Title 21: Missouri Family Trust (2005), Missouri Code of State Regulations
  • Co-Author, Chapter 6, “Distribution of Commissioners’ Award,” Missouri Condemnation Practice (Fourth Ed. 2009)
Speaking Engagements
  • Presenter, “Essentials of Durable Powers of Attorney and Living Wills,” APNO (Advance Practice Nurses of the Ozarks) Annual Conference, Chateau on the Lake, Branson, Missouri, October 14, 2005
  • Co-Presenter, “Securing the Financial Future for an Individual with Disabilities: Using a Special Needs Trust to Supplement Benefits” Missouri Department of Mental Health Spring Training Institute 2006, Tan-Tar-A Resort and Conference Center, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, May 19, 2006
  • Co-Presenter, “Future Planning & Special Needs Trusts” NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) Kansas Annual Conference: “Partnership for Recovery and Transformation: Strength Through Collaboration”, Ramada Inn, Topeka, Kansas, September 30, 2006
  • Presenter, “Non-Probate Transfers—Creditors’ Rights,” MoBar Annual Estate and Trust Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, September 15, 2011
Community Involvement
  • Midwest Special Needs Trust, Member, Board of Trustees, 2002-present; President, 2006-2008, 2010-2011; Legal Committee; co-drafter, revised enabling statute §§402.199-402.208 RSMo (Cum. Supp. 2011)
  • Boone County Family Resources (SB 40), Member, Board of Directors, 2008-present
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), State (Missouri) Reporter regarding special needs estate planning
Areas of Practice
  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Corporate Law
  • Estate Planning/Probate/Trusts
  • Eminent Domain/Condemnation Law
Amanda Allen Miller

Amanda Allen Miller

Education
  • University of Missouri Columbia, J.D. cum laude 2005
    • Order of the Coif
    • Missouri Law Review Note and Comment Editor (2004-2005) and Member (2003-2005)
    • R. David Ray and Jacob Y. Garrett Trial Advocacy Award
  • Central Missouri State University, B.A. summa cum laude 2001
  • Smith-Cotton High School, 1997
Bar Admissions
  • 2005, Missouri Bar
  • 2005, United States District Court, W.D., Mo.
  • 2008, United States District Court, E.D., Mo.
  • 2010, United States Supreme Court
Publications
  • Missouri Supreme Court Rules: Despite Change in Statute, Sleeping it off Behind the Wheel Is Still not an Option, 69 Missouri Law Review 817 (2004)
Areas of Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Public Utility Law
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Administrative Law
Daniel G. Beckett

Daniel G. Beckett

Education
  • University of Missouri-Columbia (B.A., Marketing, Cum Laude, 2000)
    • Member, Phi Delta Theta
  • University of Missouri – Columbia (J.D., 2008)
Bar Admissions
  • 2008, Missouri Bar
  • 2008, United States District Court, W.D., Mo.
Biography
  • Capt., U.S. Marine Corps, 2000-2004
Areas of Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Banking/Finance
  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Employment Law
  • Eminent Domain/Condemnation Law
Bruce H. Beckett

Bruce H. Beckett

Education
  • University of Missouri (B.S., 1969)
  • University of Missouri (J.D., 1975)
Bar Admissions
  • 1976, Missouri Bar
Biography
  • Member, Missouri Law Review, 1974-1975
  • Capt., U.S. Marine Corps, 1969-1973
Areas of Practice
  • Corporate Law
  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Banking/Finance

 

Bethany R. Findley

Bethany R. Findley

Education
  • University of Missouri School of Law (J.D., 2010, Order of the Coif)
    • Missouri Law Review
      • Note & Comment Editor (2009-2010)
      • Symposium Coordinator (2008-2009)
      • Associate Member (2008-2009)
    • Guy A. Thompson Best Student Note
    • Guy A. Thompson Best Production Award
    • Fred L. Hall, Jr. Foundation Estate Planning Award
  • Missouri State University (M.B.A., 2007)
  • Missouri State University (B.S., summa cum laude, 2006)
  • Smith Cotton (Sedalia) High School (2002, Valedictorian)
Bar Admissions
  • Missouri Bar, 2010
  • United States District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2011
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2012
Publications
  • The Eighth Circuit Loosens the Grip of the Bankruptcy Gag Rule but Holds Attorneys to Advertising Disclosure Requirement, Note, 74 Mo. L. Rev. 845 (2009)
Previous Employment
  • Judicial Clerk to the Honorable William Ray Price of the Missouri Supreme Court, 2010-2011
Areas of Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Corporate Law
  • Estate Planning/Probate/Trusts
Matthew R. Quetsch

Matthew R. Quetsch

Education
  • JD, Univ. of Iowa College of Law (2014)
    • Executive Editor, The Journal of Corporation Law
    • Regional Semifinalist, TYLA/ACTL National Trial Competition
    • Finalist, Judge Roy L. Stephenson Trial Advocacy Competition
    • Selected Participant, Van Oosterhout–Baskerville Domestic Competition (in appellate advocacy)
    • Research Assistant, Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center
  • BA summa cum laude (History), Univ. of Missouri (2011)
  • Rock Bridge HS (2008)
Bar Admissions
  • State of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
Publications
  • Corporations & Hedging: Distinguishing Forwards from Swaps Under the Commodity Exchange Act Post-Dodd–Frank,
    39 J. Corp. L. 895 (2014)
Areas of Practice
  • Eminent Domain/Condemnation Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
Jackie L. Rodgers, Jr.

Jackie L. Rodgers, Jr.

Education
  • Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., Cum Laude, 2017)
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, (B.A., Finance, Cum Laude, 2011)
  • U.S. Army JAG Paralegal School (Distinguished Honor Graduate, 2003)
Bar Admissions
  • State of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
Biography
  • Sgt., U.S. Army, 2003-2007