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Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, P.C.
5250 W. 116th Place, Suite 400
Leawood, Kansas 66211
Phone: (913) 387-1600
Direct: (913) 647-4699
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Bar Admissions:

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
U.S. Supreme Court


  • Creighton University School of Law, J.D., 1976
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, B.A., 1969


Frederick (Fred) Starrett was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on May 23, 1947. Fred has tried more than 50 jury trials and handled litigation throughout this region, including extensive appellate practice in the state and federal courts. Among the types of cases Fred has handled are copyright infringement, residential, commercial, and heavy construction, injuries, and professional and product liability. He has handled a broad range of litigation issues for an electric utility.

Fred is a senior fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America™, an honorary society of experienced and highly qualified trial lawyers.

Fred has taught trial practice at Washburn School of Law, served on the faculty of the Kansas Bar Association Trial Tactics Institute and the Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute, as well as appeared on numerous continuing legal education programs for bar and private providers.


  • Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, P.C>
    • Leawood, Kansas
    • 2014-present
  • Partner, Lathrop & Gage, L.L.P.
    • Overland Park, Kansas
    • 2009-2014
  • Partner, Lathrop & Gage, L.C.
    • Overland Park, Kansas
    • 1996-2008
  • Partner, Lathrop and Norquist
    • Overland Park, Kansas
    • 1991-1995
  • Partner, Lathrop Norquist & Miller
    • 1990-1991
  • Member, Miller, Bash & Starrett, Professional Corporation
    • Kansas City, Missouri
    • 1986-1990
  • Private practice law
    • Topeka, Kansas
    • 1977-1986
  • Private practice law
    • Great Bend, Kansas
    • 1976-1977

Areas of Practice

  • Product Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Business Litigation


  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel’s Kahrs Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Litigation Counsel of America™, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society-fellow
  • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 2012-2016
  • Judicial Nominating Commissioner, Tenth Judicial District, 2000-2004
  • Selected for Marquis Who’s Who in the World, 2007
  • Selected for Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, 2006, 2016, 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating
  • Creighton Law Review-Member
  • Topeka Civitan Club, Distinguished President Award-1985-1986

Activities and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Litigation Counsel of America™, 2008-presernt
  • Kansas Bar Association, President, Litigation Section, 1985-1986
  • Kansas Bar Association, faculty
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute, Kansas State Representative, 1998-2001, Board of Directors, 2003-2005
  • Kansas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Vice President, 1996; President, 1997
  • Diversity Law Institute-member
  • The Trial Law Institute-member
  • Lt. j.g., United States Naval Reserve, 1969-1972
  • Trial practice, professor, Washburn School of Law
  • Trial Tactics Institute
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute
  • Several continuing legal education programs for bar and private providers-presenter


  • Private pilot for single-engine and multi-engine, instrument and commercial rating
  • Scuba diving
  • Sailing
  • Golfing
  • Banjo