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Brian K. Asberry


Brian K. Asberry joined the firm in 1990 following graduation from law school and became a partner in 1996. He obtained his undergraduate degree from The School of the Ozarks and his law degree from the University of Missouri. In law school, he was a member of the Journal of Dispute Resolution and Phi Alpha Delta.

Mr. Asberry’s practice is divided between commercial litigation and general corporate work, emphasizing commercial litigation in state, federal and bankruptcy courts; creditors’ rights; condemnation law; mediation and arbitration; and general business and corporate work. He serves as outside general counsel for several financial institutions, commercial real estate companies and manufacturing concerns.

Mr. Asberry has served as an adjunct professor at Webster University, Drury University and the American Institute of Banking. In addition, Mr. Asberry is frequently invited to present lectures and seminars on a wide range of topics for the legal community and area businesses.

Mr. Asberry has been appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court for Western District of Missouri Attorney Advisory Group for a three year term beginning July 1, 2021. That group is composed of the bankruptcy court judges, representatives of the United States Trustee’s office, and practicing attorneys to provide input to the court regarding local rules, forms and practice issues.


  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri, J.D, 1990
    Journal of Dispute Resolution, 1989 – 1990
  • The School of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri, B.A., History and Political Science, 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, 2004 – present
  • The Missouri Bar Association, 1990 – present
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, 1990 – present

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2003
  • Springfield Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, 2001
  • Strathmore’s Who’s Who, lifetime member since 1999
  • United States Junior Chamber
    Clayton Frost Memorial Award, 1999
    International Senator #58334, 1998
    Outstanding Young Man of America, 1998
    Clayton Frost Memorial Award, 1998
  • Missouri Jaycees, William Gerhardt Memorial Award, 1997
  • Springfield Jaycees, Jaycee of the Year, 1996

Representative Cases

  • In re Hutton Valley Farms, 251 B.R. 522 (U.S. Bankr. Ct. 2000)
  • State ex rel. Rantz, et al. v. Sweeney, 901 S.W. 2d 289 (MO App 1995)

Civic Involvement

  • Big Brother/Big Sisters of the Ozarks, Board of Directors, Former member
  • Greater Springfield Apartment & Housing Association Advisory Board
  • Home At Last Pet Adoption Center, Board of Directors, Former member
  • Mt. Zion Lodge #327, A.F. & A.M.
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri, Board of Directors, Former member
  • Missouri Jaycees and Springfield Jaycees, 1992 - 2005
    Past President
  • National Legal Counsel for the United States Junior Chamber
  • Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities of the Ozarks, 2007 - present
    Past Chairman of the Board
  • Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Volunteer Lawyers Project

Classes and Seminars

  • Legal Aspects of Human Resources Management, Webster University, 2000 – 2002
  • Advanced Research & Writing & Intro to Law, Drury University, 1996 – 1997

Published Works

  • Chapter 7, Fraudulent Transfers, Receivers and Lis Pendens, in Creditors’ Remedies (6th ed. 2009), published by The Missouri Bar
  • When Your Law Firm wants a Divorce: Mediating the Dissolution of Law Firms, J. Disp. Resol., 387, 1990

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