Bevan Publishes Story in USLAW Magazine on Auto Insurance Issues for Driverless Cars

Kent Bevan published a story in USLAW Magazine entitled, “When the Driver is a Computer: Addressing Auto Insurance Issues Surrounding Autonomous Vehicles.”

“Driverless cars and autonomous vehicles are a common sight in futuristic science fiction movies, but now they’re becoming a part of present-day reality. In fact, the physical act of driving a car may soon become a thing of the past.”

Click here to read the whole article.

Contact Kent Bevan at or 816-931-2700.

Brumitt Delivers Construction Law Presentations

Lee BrumittLee Brumitt presented to the Kansas City Chapter of the National Association for Women in Construction on January 14. The presentation entitled “Preserving and Advancing Contractors’ Payment Rights” focused on federal, Missouri, and Kansas law and discussed tools and best practices to increase the likelihood of general and subcontractors receiving full payment on construction projects.

Mr. Brumitt also recently presented a workshop to the Kansas City American Subcontractors Association on “Killer Contracts: Red Flags and Revisions.” Mr. Brumitt is presenting a workshop program to the same group covering “Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors” on February 7. Lastly, Mr. Brumitt will be giving a presentation to the ABC/ASPE Kansas City Construction Estimating Academy entitled “Dealing with Change and Delay on Construction Projects” on February 8.

Contact Lee Brumitt at or 816-931-2700.

Smith Elected Shareholder/Director of Dysart Taylor

Dysart Taylor is pleased to announce that Carol Smith has been elected as a shareholder/director of the firm. “We’re excited to include Carol in our leadership group,” said Dysart Taylor Managing Director Amanda Pennington Ketchum. “Her unique experience and expertise will provide valuable insight for our decision-making processes.”  Dysart Taylor is a growing and forward-thinking firm with attorneys practicing in more than a dozen areas of law.

Carol represents clients in litigation matters, primarily involving surety, fidelity and construction claims.  She is active in the ABA, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee and has edited and contributed to several of the committee’s publications.  She was also recently named to the Board of Directors of the Surety Claims Institute.

Contact Carol Smith at or 816-931-2700.

Price Inducted into Estate Planning Society of Kansas City Hall of Fame

Joe Price was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Estate Planning Society of Kansas City (EPS) on Dec. 12, 2018.

He is only the 9th attorney, and the youngest, to ever be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The others were Peter Brown, Don Chisholm (posthumously), Roger Hurwitz, Elvin Knight, Maurice O’Sullivan, Ed Setzler, Myron Sildon and Bill Waugh.

The EPS was established in 1965 and is the principal estate planning organization in the region. Its mission is, “Helping our members best serve their clients by providing them challenging and timely educational programs and by hosting networking functions that provide an opportunity to collaborate with other high quality professionals to encourage a multi-disciplined approach to estate planning services and to promote long-term, ongoing relationships with local estate planning professionals.”

For more information about the EPS, visit

Contact Joe Price at or 816-931-2700.

Brumitt to Deliver Presentations to the Kansas City American Subcontractors Association

Lee BrumittLee Brumitt is presenting a series of four legal workshops to members and friends of the Kansas City American Subcontractors Association addressing topics of interest to contractors. The first workshop entitled “Retainage:  Don’t Just Kiss It Off” focused on federal, Missouri, and Kansas law regarding retainage, the percentage rates that can be legally withheld, advantages under the federal and state law afforded early-completing contractors, impact of prompt payment laws, and alternative security that can be posted to gain a release of retainage.  The next workshop, “Killer Contracts: Red Flags and Revisions,” takes place December 13.

Contact Lee Brumitt at or 816-931-2700.

Anne Lindner Saghir Joins Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore, P.C. as an Associate

Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore, P.C., is pleased to announce that Anne Lindner Saghir joined our firm in October 2018.

Anne’s practice focuses on a variety of civil litigation and personal injury matters, including defending trucking companies, retailers, and other businesses. She is an experienced litigator and has first-chaired three jury trials and has argued and briefed appeals. Anne also has experience defending insurance companies in coverage claims.

Anne is admitted to practice in Missouri, Illinois, Florida, and Wisconsin, the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Anne is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, and the Wisconsin Bar Association. She has served as a product recovery volunteer for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin, as a board member of the Friends Committee of Voices for Children, and as a volunteer judge for high school moot court and mock trial events. She was named a Missouri & Kansas SuperLawyers Rising Star in 2011 and a St. Louis SuperLawyers Rising Star in 2012.

Anne holds a B.S. in political science and journalism from Northwestern University where she was a contributing writer for the Daily Northwestern. She holds a J.D. from the St. Louis University School of Law where she received an 1843 Scholarship for full tuition. There, she wrote for the Saint Louis University Law Journal and served as managing editor of its Childress Lecture edition. She also served as the organizer of the Childress Lecture and related events at the law school. She was also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, a Jesuit honor society.

Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore, P.C. is a full-service law firm founded in 1934 and based in Kansas City, Missouri. It provides its clients with “Commitment, Stability and Value.” For more information, visit

To contact Anne, email or call (816) 931-2700.

Employers Should Use New FCRA Disclosure Notice

By: Anne E. Baggott

Employers should immediately begin using a revised Fair Credit Reporting Act notice form to applicants during the adverse-action process.  Failure to use the updated form, or a substantially similar form, could subject employers to costly class-action lawsuits and potential liability for non-compliance. The new notice requirements were effective September 21, 2018.

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection issued a model summary of rights disclosure notice in response to a May 2018 law passed to address high-profile data breaches.  The revised model form includes information about security freezes and fraud alerts.  The revised form can be found at

Contact Anne Baggott at or 816-931-2700 for more information regarding compliance with the FCRA.

Boe Elected to UMKC Women’s Council Board of Directors

Leslie A. Boe was elected to the University of Missouri – Kansas City Women’s Council Board of Directors. The organization manages the Graduate Assistance Fund which award grants to women UMKC grad students.

From the UMKC Women’s Council website:

“The Women’s Council sponsors a number of annual and ongoing events and programs. A hallmark of Women’s Council programs, the Graduate Assistance Fund has sponsored fellowships and short-term assistance for more than 1,800 exceptional women graduate students at UMKC. Members and friends contribute annually to the GAF endowment or establish lasting gifts through named awards.

High among the educational offerings of the Women’s Council shines the annual Starr Symposium, co-organized by the Women’s Center. The Starr Symposium examines the progress and needs of women locally, nationally and globally. The Women’s Council also works through the Women’s Collaborative to achieve its educational objectives.”

Boe said, “I am honored and excited to be a part of this organization that makes a difference in the lives of truly amazing women.”

Contact Leslie A. Boe at or 816-931-2700.