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MoveMakers & NewsMakers for December 19, 2023


See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."

Kansas City | Springfield

Kansas City

CPA and estate planning attorney Matt Mentzer has joined Foulston Siefkin LLP’s Overland Park office. Previously the lead tax attorney for a large national wealth management company, Mentzer’s 15 years of accounting and legal experience encompasses trusts, estates, probate, and tax matters.

Mentzer frequently works with high-net-worth clients to develop and implement income and gift/estate tax minimization and mitigation strategies. His experience also includes serving as tax counsel on M&A transactions. He represents clients before the US Tax Court, IRS Office of Appeals, and state taxing authorities on various tax issues and controversies and has represented clients ranging from C-suite officers of Fortune 500 companies to startup founders undergoing initial rounds of funding.

Prior to his leadership position in the wealth management firm, Mentzer spent more than a decade in private practice focused on estate planning, trust administration, and tax planning. He is a member of the American Bar Association Tax Section as well as a member of the Kansas Bar Association, the Missouri Bar, Johnson County Bar Association, and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. Mentzer is a two-time University of Kansas graduate, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting as well as his Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law.


Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Kristen O’Neal joined the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group as an of counsel attorney in the firm’s Springfield, Missouri, office.

O’Neal brings a diverse background both in private practice and as an alternative legal services provider with proven ability in all stages of the litigation life cycle, including handling depositions, drafting and arguing affective motions, managing discovery processes, and utilizing all manners of dispute resolution, including significant and notable trial experience. Her specific litigation track record includes work in transportation, insurance coverage, and educational matters (employment and civil rights and professional liability).

“Kristen brings a coveted commitment to collaborative and communicative legal service in an effort to design efficient and effective litigation strategies that align with a client’s unique business goals and objectives,” said Jason Smith, Office Managing Partner for Spencer Fane in Springfield. “We look forward to incorporating her in the work we do not only in Springfield but across the firm’s expanding national footprint.”

O’Neal completed her undergraduate studies in education at Southwest Baptist University and later earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Law. While in law school, she completed an internship with the Hon. Charles H. McKenzie in the Jackson County (Missouri) Circuit Court. (I also graduated with my litigation law certificate)


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