Springfield attorney J. Richard Owensby, a partner in the law firm of Neale & Newman, L.L.P., retired from the firm at the end of the year.
Owensby was the firm’s senior partner. He had practiced law with the firm since 1968 and had been a partner since 1974.
He plans to remain involved with the firm as necessary to wind up matters that were in progress at the end of the year.
Owensby has been recognized 12 straight years by Best Lawyers In America in the areas of trusts and estates and ten times as a Top Rated Attorney by Super Lawyers in the areas of estate planning and probate.
He was the Best Lawyers 2013 Springfield Lawyer of the Year in Trusts and Estates.
He is a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, in which membership is by invitation only. He has also served as president of the Greene County Estate Planning Council.
Owensby graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1968. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri.
He is a past president of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association and received its highest honor, the Distinguished Attorney of the Year award, in 2011.
He is a member of The Missouri Bar and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.
Owensby also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of The Arc of the Ozarks Foundation.
Neale & Newman, Springfield’s oldest firm, is a full-service civil practice firm founded in 1903.