UMKC School of Law Alumni Named Best of the Bar


The Kansas City Business Journal’s Best of the Bar acknowledges the work of accomplished lawyers in Kansas City and highlights local companies and clients the names of notable attorneys in select practice areas. This year, twelve UMKC School of Law alumni were included on the list.


A panel of judges selected by the Kansas City Business Journal selected 48 honorees based on such factors as professional reputation, involvement in significant cases or transactions, and civic involvement. 15 years ago the program was launched to highlight the accomplishments and skill of local attorneys and to provide a kind of specialized directory the Business Journal readers.

This year, twelve UMKC alumni made the cut, including:

Steven Aaron (J.D. ’92), Dentons US LLP

James Bartimus (J.D. ’77), Bartimus Frickleton & Robertson PC

Scott Bethune (J.D. ’88), Davis Bethune & Jones LLC

John M. Edgar (J.D. ’68), Edgar Law Firm LLC

Athena Dickson (J.D. ’03), Siro Smith Dickson PC

Shelley Ericsson (J.D. ’98), Armstrong Teasdale LLP

James Frickleton (J.D. ’83), Bartimus Frickleton & Robertson PC

James R. Hobbs (J.D. ’81), Wyrsch, Hobbs & Mirakian PC

Charles Renner (J.D. ’00), Husch Blackwell LLP

John Turner, Turner & Sweeny

James Wyrsch (J.D. ’66), Wyrsch, Hobbs & Mirakian PC

Nikki Cannezzaro (J.D. ’00), Franke Schultz & Mullen PC (Also the next 2018 President of the KCMBA)


Scott Bethune, who serves as Vice President – Development & Capital on the UMKC Law Foundation Board, was honored to receive the recognition.

“I am motivated each day by my law partners, Grant Davis and Tom Jones, with their dedication to our practice and our clients,” Bethune said. “We met in law school and have forged a bond that has been integral in serving those needing help navigating our civil justice system.”

We are proud that our alumni have, once again, made the Best of the Bar list, and we know that our UMKC attorneys represent us well.

Published: Nov 9, 2017