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Columbia, Missouri 65205-0918

Our Professionals

Delivering the highest quality legal advice and representation since 1959.

Paralegal
  • Natalie S. Brown
Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Jenny Beckett, RN

Of Counsel


  • Raymond C. Lewis, Jr.
    (1926-2004)
  • Robert C. Smith
    (1923-2016)
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
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
  • Employment Law
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)
Community Involvement
  • Midwest Special Needs Trust, Member, Board of Trustees, 2002-present; President, 2006-2008, 2010-2011, 2019-2020; 2019-2020 Legal Committee; co-drafter, revised enabling statute §§402.199-402.208 RSMo (Cum. Supp. 2011)
  • Southern Boone Area YMCA, Advisory Board, Member 2014-present
Areas of Practice
  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Corporate Law
  • Estate Planning/Probate/Trusts
  • Eminent Domain/Condemnation Law
  • Public Utility 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, 3 Missouri Law Review 817 (2004)
Areas of Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Employment Law
  • 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
Beth Findley

Beth 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
  • Employment Law
Matthew R. Quetsch

Matthew R. Quetsch

Education
  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 2014
    • The Journal of Corporation Law
      • Executive editor, 2013–2014
      • Student writer, 2012–2013
    • National Trial Competition (sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers), team member, 2014
    • Judge Roy L. Stephenson Trial Advocacy Competition, finalist, 2013–2014
    • Van Oosterhout–Baskerville Domestic Competition (in appellate advocacy), selected to compete, 2014
    • Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center, research assistant, 2012–2013
  • University of Missouri, B.A. History summa cum laude, 2011
  • Rock Bridge Senior High School, 2008
Bar Admissions
  • Missouri Bar, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 2014
Publications
  • Corporations & Hedging: Distinguishing Forwards from Swaps Under the Commodity Exchange Act Post-Dodd–Frank,
    39 J. Corp. L. 895 (2014).
Areas of Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Eminent Domain/Condemnation Law
  • Banking/Finance
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Public Utility Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Law
Jackie Rodgers, Jr.

Jackie 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
John Nicholas Roark

John Nicholas Roark

Education
  • University of Missouri School of Law (J.D., 2018)
    • Journal of Dispute Resolution
      • Associate Managing Editor (2017-2018)
      • Associate Member (2016-2017)
  • University of Alabama (B.A., magna cum laude, 2015)
  • Rock Bridge High School (2011)
Bar Admissions
  • Missouri Bar, 2018
Publications
  • State Legislative Update, 2018 J. Disp. Resol. 197 (2018)
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

 

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 2020).

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
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