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Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, P.C.
5250 W. 116th Place, Suite 400
Leawood, Kansas 66211

Main: (913) 387-1600
Fax: (913) 928-6739

Email: tehlert@rousepc.com
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Bar & Court Admissions

Kansas, 1995
Missouri, 2000
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri


  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D. 1995, Dean’s Honors
  • University of Kansas, B.S., 1991


Todd is an accomplished and experienced trial attorney. Throughout his nearly twenty-five year legal career, he has tried approximately 350 trials to verdict; has substantial experience trying large, complex cases in arbitration; and has successfully argued multiple cases on appeal before appellate courts. His practice focuses on representing businesses and individuals as both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of disputes, with a concentration in business litigation. To date, total damages in the cases he has been involved with exceed $675 million. Todd joined the firm in 2019. Before that, he was a shareholder in an AmLaw 100 national law firm.

Areas of Practice

Areas of Emphasis

  • Commercial Disputes
  • Corporate officer and director liability
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreement disputes
  • Will and trust disputes

Activities and Memberships

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • St. Joseph Bar Association (Missouri)
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Co-Vice Chair, Business Litigation Section.
  • St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors)
  • United Way of Greater St. Joseph (Board of Directors; Nominating Committee; Audit Committee; Campaign Cabinet Member/Professional Division)
  • Missouri Western State University Foundation (Board of Directors; Chair, Bylaws Committee; Vice-Chair, Committee on Directorship)
  • St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce Young Executives Network (Chair)
  • St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce Booster’s Club (President; Board of Directors)
  • Kansas Chapter Delta Upsilon Fraternity Alumni Corporation Board (Board of Directors)
  • The Cathedral of St. Joseph (School Board; Pastoral Council; Finance Review Committee; Strategic Task Force; Marketing Committee; Volunteer Teacher, Introduction to Law)
  • Twin Spires Museum (Board of Directors)
  • City of St. Joseph Charter Review Commission (Commissioner)
  • Bishop LeBlond High School (School Advisory Board; Strategic Planning Committee)
  • Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Training Center (Instructor)

Honors and Recognition

  • Recipient of Red Ribbon Award for Victim’s Rights from the DUI Victim’s Center of Kansas for efforts in prosecuting DUI-related homicides and manslaughters
  • Selected by Missouri Lawyers Weekly for Up and Coming Lawyer (2008)
  • Recognition, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 18, No. 35
  • Recognition, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 18, No. 32

Representative Experience

  • See Payne v. City of St. Joseph, MO, 135 S.W.3d 444(Mo.App. 2004)
  • See Nitro Distributing Inc. v. Dunn, et al., 194 S.W.3d 339 (Mo. 2006)
  • See Inc. v. Dunn, et al., 194 S.W.3d 353 (Mo. 2006)
  • See Nitro Distributing, Inc, et al., v. Alticor, Inc., 453 F.3d 995 (8th 2006)
  • See Betts, 297 S.W.3d 94 (App. 2009)
  • See Treaster v. Betts, 324 S.W.3d 487 (Mo.App. 2010)
  • See  Peterson v. Discover Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., 460 S.W.3d 393 (Mo.App. 2015)
  • See Farms, Inc. v. United States, 136 Fed.Cl. 654 (2018)

Publications and Presentations

  • Injunctions and Other Non-Monetary Remedies in Business Disputes, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Business Torts Handbook, Chapter 12 (2017)
  • 34 Washburn Law Journal 119, 1994 (Don’t Disobey the Parental Preference Doctrine)
  • CLE Presenter, KCMBA Annual Business Litigation Seminar, Injunctions and Other Non-Monetary Remedies in Business Disputes, 2018
  • CLE Facilitator, KCMBA CLE By the Hour, Maximizing Your Effectiveness in Mediation: Do’s and Don’ts from Three Seasoned Mediators
  • CLE Presenter, KCMBA Annual Business Litigation Seminar, Obtaining and Proving an Award of Attorneys’ Fees (2019)