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Mary Jo Shaney and Jim Bowers with Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes attend outdoor advertising legal seminar

By December 27, 2018September 30th, 2019Awards and Accomplishments

Leawood, Kansas – December 18, 2018 –Mary Jo Shaney and Jim Bowers, attorneys with Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, represented the firm at the OAAA/Outdoor Advertising Association of America Legal Seminar, held in New York City November 13-14, 2018.

The OAAA seminar is held every two years and includes representatives of and lawyers for the largest billboard companies in the country, as well as some smaller companies. The seminar is open to members of OAAA, including Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes and the firm’s client, The Lamar Advertising Company.

The seminar provided an analysis of the latest cases affecting the billboard industry, along with information on new technology and an overview of anticipated state and federal regulatory changes. This year’s conference featured presentations covering billboard first amendment/free speech, federal and state takings claims and just compensation, and billboard taxation and fees.

At Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, Jim works to obtain approvals for billboards/signage, and challenges the denial of approval requests before a matter goes to litigation. Mary Jo handles court actions if the matters cannot be resolved satisfactorily at city hall and end up in litigation.

About Mary Jo Shaney:

Mary Jo Shaney is a trial attorney with experience in state and federal courts. Her practice areas include land use and regulatory hearings, appeals and litigation, and related constitutional challenges affecting private property rights. She also handles business and employment law matters and lawsuits. Mary Jo has defended clients and their business managers in sex, race, age and other discrimination cases. Her clients range from large and small businesses and retailers to local landowners and area municipalities.

About Jim Bowers:

Jim Bowers is a leader in land use and real estate development throughout the greater Kansas City area. The focus of his practice is public law, and his practice areas include economic development incentives, eminent domain, land use and zoning, local government counsel, real estate tax incentives and redevelopment law. As a former assistant city attorney for Kansas City, Jim has a thorough knowledge of building codes and building permit requirements. He has been an adviser for many economic development projects and forums.

About the Firm:

Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, P.C. serves and protects individuals, companies, estates and livelihoods. Based in Kansas City, the firm offers sophisticated representation for local, regional and national clients in both the private and public sectors. For more information, visit