Laura has significant litigation experience in family and juvenile cases. She has represented parents facing allegations of child abuse and neglect, as well as juveniles who have allegedly committed a crime.


Laura has also acted as a guardian ad litem for children who have been abused and neglected.

Additionally, Laura has experience representing inmates on petitions for habeas corpus relief, and has spent a number of years as a public defender in Missouri before joining the firm.

News & Insights


Co-author and co-developer, "Guide for Parents of Children in Need of Care," April 2019

Co-author and co-developer, "Training for Volunteers Representing Parents at Protective Custody Hearings," April 2019



Named to Missouri Lawyers Weekly POWER List for Family Law Attorneys, 2021-Present

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) Impact of the Year Recipient, 2021

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Lawyer's Encouraging Academic Performance, Life Member

Children's Mercy Hospital, Institutional Review Board Member

Tall Oaks, a Disciples of Christ camp and conference center, former Ministry Member and former Gala Steering Committee Member

Lawyer's Encouraging Academic Performance, former Board Member and President

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

  • Juvenile Courts and Law Committee, former Chairman

Practices & Industries


  • Missouri, 1982


University of Missouri-Kansas City, J.D., 1981

University of Missouri-Columbia, B.J., 1975

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