LEAWOOD, KS—September 24, 2018—Rouse Frets Gentile Rhodes, LLC is pleased to announce the inclusion of six of the firm’s attorneys in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Since first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.
The attorneys and their awarded practice areas are as follows:
- Jerome V. Bales: arbitration, construction law and mediation.
- Greg L. Musil: bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, land use and zoning law, litigation-land use and zoning, litigation-real estate, and litigation and controversy-tax.
- Kenton E. Snow: construction law.
- Frederick K. Starrett: commercial litigation.
- Steven C. Willman: trusts and estates law.
- Stanley N. Woodworth: corporate law and real estate law.
Best Lawyers was founded in 1981 with the purpose of highlighting the extraordinary accomplishments of those in the legal profession. Attorneys included on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.
Jerome V. Bales has over 44 years of experience handling commercial litigation and construction claims, litigation, risk management and contract drafting/negotiation. He also has extensive experience with personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, premises liability, insurance coverage, arson and fraud. Jerry frequently serves as a mediator or arbitrator in commercial, construction, insurance, and other disputes. He has tried more than 100 cases and participated in hundreds of mediations and settlement conferences. In the construction industry, Jerry has represented design professionals, owners, contractors, sureties and suppliers and has handled virtually every type of claim arising from a commercial project. He has received The Best Lawyers in America distinction since 2008.
Greg L. Musil is an experienced trial lawyer who has successfully resolved business and commercial disputes for clients since 1987. He has worked with individual entrepreneurs, small businesses and America’s largest companies to craft cost-effective and valuable solutions. Greg has successfully handled disputes ranging from straightforward contract breaches to complex issues in condemnation, real estate development, warranty, corporate transactions, probate and trust challenges, and class actions. His dispute resolution experience includes mediation, and arbitration, as well as administrative, bench and jury trials in Kansas and Missouri. Since 2001 Greg has also focused his practice on and created a record of success for businesses and entrepreneurs in planning, zoning, land use and economic development incentives. He has received The Best Lawyers in America distinction since 2005.
Kenton E. Snow is an AV rated (preeminent) attorney and has more than 20 years of experience handling commercial matters and construction claims, litigation, arbitration, risk management and contract drafting/negotiation. Ken also has extensive experience with commercial matters (including banking and insurance litigation), personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, premises liability, insurance coverage and fraud. In the construction industry, he has represented design professionals, owners, contractors, sureties, and suppliers and has handled commercial project claims. He has received The Best Lawyers in America distinction since 2018.
Frederick K. Starrett has tried more than 50 jury trials and handled litigation throughout the 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 has received The Best Lawyers in America distinction since 2012.
Steven C. Willman has over 35 years of experience in assisting clients in the formation, structuring, purchase and/or sale of businesses, tax and strategic planning, preparation of corporate agreements, and the negotiation of financing arrangements. Steve works with business owners in the coordination of business plans with their estate plans and in the transition of ownership during life, upon death, or upon occurrence of disability. He has received The Best Lawyers in America distinction since 2012.
Stanley N. Woodworth has 36 years of legal experience in the areas of closely held businesses, partnerships, limited liability companies, capital formation, and residential real estate development. Through representation of sole proprietorships to publicly held companies, Stan has gained expertise in negotiating and drafting operating agreements, partnership agreements, joint venture agreements, private placement offerings of debt and equity investments, and in advising residential developers and home builders. He has received The Best Lawyers in America distinction since 2007.
Rouse Frets Gentile Rhodes, LLC combines highly focused practice groups in a client-focused law firm. The firm works with individuals, small businesses and large companies in the Kansas City area and on a regional and nationwide basis. Its attorneys have the experience, knowledge, and skill to engineer favorable solutions in efficient and effective ways.