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J. Richard Owensby – Partner

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  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
    • J.D.
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, 1965
    • Master of Arts
    • Major: Accounting
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1964
    • B.S.
    • Major: Accounting


J. Richard Owensby received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona in 1964. He then attended the University of Missouri, where he earned his Master of Arts degree in Accounting in 1965 and his law degree in 1968. He joined the firm upon graduation from law school.

Mr. Owensby is active in local Bar Association activities. He is an experienced speaker, having presented numerous seminars on estate planning and probate topics to civic, religious and social groups, as well as to other attorneys in Southwest Missouri in connection with the Missouri Bar Association’s mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirements.

Mr. Owensby’s primary areas of practice are estate planning and probate administration, as well as an emphasis in real estate, commercial and corporate law. In addition to his individual estate planning and estate administration clients, He represents a wide range of commercial clients, including large and small corporations, financial institutions, and local franchise operations.


Areas of Practice

Business & Commercial Law
Business Organizations
Estate Planning
Probate & Trust Administration


Bar Admissions

Missouri, 1968
U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1968
United States Supreme Court, 1986
U.S. Tax Court, 1994


Professional Associations/Memberships

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Fellow, membership by invitation only
Greene County Estate Planning Council
President, 1977 – 1978
Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
former officer and Director
President, 2002
Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation
President, 2003
Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
Probate and Trust Committee
The Missouri Bar Association
Probate and Trust Committee


Honors and Awards

Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association Distinguished Lawyer of the Year for 2011
Named multiple times as a Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyer
American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, 2001 – Present
AV Rating by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, 1980 – Present
Named in the publication “The Best Lawyers in America”


Representative Clients

Loren Cook Company
Gilbert & Sons, Inc.



Estate Planning Seminars, Missouri Bar Association
Estate Planning Seminars, Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
Estate Planning Seminars, National Business Institute


Past Employment Positions

Neale & Newman, L.L.P., 1968 – Present



Delta Sigma Pi
Phi Alpha Delta

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