16th Judicial Circuit Mediators and Contract Attorneys
Amanda Basri, J.D., mediator/contract attorney
17 W Kansas Street Liberty, MO 64068
"For the first ten years of my legal career, my focus was exclusively family law, representing clients through divorce and custody matters. Over the last five years I have transitioned from client representation to mediation. Through my experience supporting moms, dads, and children during this difficult time, I have learned that no separation is easy, yet no conflict is too hard to address. Mediation allows both parents to have a voice. As a mediator, I will ensure both voices are heard while we collectively work toward a resolution. I offer mediation services by video conference to allow parties to maintain social distancing and still resolve their disputes"
Andrew VanNess, J.D., mediator/contract attorney
17 W. Kansas St. Liberty, MO 6406
"Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Andrew VanNess graduated from Blue Springs South High School in 1996. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 2000 with a B.S. in Geography. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 2005 and was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 2005. Mr. VanNess is a member of the Clay County Bar, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar. Mr. VanNess practices in the areas of family law, mediation, juvenile law, adoptions, criminal law, and traffic defense. Mr. VanNess is regularly appointed to serve as Guardian ad Litem in Clay County, Platte County, and Jackson County, Missouri."
Angela Habeebullah, mediator
2405 Grand Blvd, Suite 800 Kansas City, MO 64108
"I have been with MARCH since the beginning. I believe in mediation because I know the positive effects it has or can have on children's lives when parents are able to move past the conflict and work together for the mental, emotional, and physical health of their children. For me, it's all about the children; they deserve two parents. So my saying is Don't litigate, mediate."
Anthony Moreno, J.D., mediator
111 W. 10th St. Kansas City, MO 64105
"Anthony always had a dream to attend law school and become a lawyer who fights for good people. Upon the insistence of his wife Mary, Anthony took the Law School Application Test and applied to the University of Kansas City – School of Law. UMKC offered Anthony a full scholarship to attend the upcoming school year. Now licensed in Missouri and Kansas, he is living his lifelong dream by running his own law practice in his hometown of Kansas City, MO. He has lived all over this town, touching almost every corner of the metropolitan area and he looks forward to serving the people of this community for many, many years to come."
Calan McConkey, J.D., mediator/contract attorney
1350 North Jesse James Road Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
"As a family law attorney for parents and as a Guardian ad Litem for children, I’ve seen first-hand the toll that the court process can take on everyone involved. With my experience helping parents and children I’ve also become a firm believer in avoiding litigation by attempting to resolve disputes with mediation. Mediation is an amazing tool that gives parties the opportunity and power to discuss -- and hopefully resolve -- the issues that matter most to them. While mediation may not solve every dispute, a successful mediation not only saves time and money but the parties also report being more satisfied with the outcome. As a mediator, my ultimate goal is to help the parties achieve a resolution that addresses not only the needs of the parents, but also those of the children."
Carrie Sue Doxsee, mediator
"Law In Kansas City help families build a healthy Co-Parenting Relationship through mediation by giving you the tools to create the perfect Parenting Plan for your family even before you step into our office. As an attorney for almost 30 years, and having gone through a crazy divorce myself, I understand the importance of coming to the table and finding your own solutions even if you think your Co-Parent won’t cooperate. What you do in mediation will impact your Co-Parenting relationship for the rest of your life. Learning the skills to find your own solutions not only makes you a better parent, but significantly improves the lives of your children. When things are crazy, you need a mediator who will listen to your issues and help you find strategies for building trust with your Co-Parent. Law In Kansas City provides information before you come into the office to get you ready for your session so you have the tools to improve your ability to find solutions. Why settle for old fashioned mediation when you can get additional resources to improve your Co-Parenting? Law In Kansas City provides VIP Services to help improve your Co-Parenting and your mediation session. Ask for us to be appointed as your mediator."
Daphne Halderman, J.D., mediator
"Daphne has served as a mediator in over 700 mediations involving personal injury, employment, business, community and family disputes. She has acted as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law teaching Lawyering Skills, and has also participated in the training of mediators throughout Missouri and Kansas. Recently, she has served as a professor at Baker University School of Graduate and Professional Studies, where she has taught courses in Alternative Dispute Resolution."
Dawn E. Kuhlman, MA, mediator
2 South Water St. Liberty, MO 64068
Dawn is the Executive Director of M.A.R.C.H., Inc. and a respected pioneer in the mediation field. She is the creator of a Trauma Informed Mediation Model and has been engaged in dialogue with mediators throughout the United States regarding the concept of Trauma Informed Mediation. Dawn is also an Advanced Mediation Training Instructor at Johnson County Community College. She holds a Masters (MA) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) in Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Dawn is both a Missouri and a Kansas Supreme Court Approved Mediator. She is also a certified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
Dawn has trained thousands over the past 15 years on various topics such as mediation, personality type, domestic violence, non-defensive communication, trauma, conflict coaching, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and high conflict personalities. She has been described as driven, compassionate, intelligent and hilarious. Dawn loves to inspire and encourage the best in others and is dedicated to promoting healing and growth in the community. When Dawn is not wearing her entrepreneur hat, she loves to drink coffee with her husband and spend time with their two beautiful daughters.
Kaelyn Guinty, J.D., mediator
"Kaelyn Guinty graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 2018. During her time in Law School she worked with the Midwest Innocence Project as well as in the schools Child and Family Services Clinic. During her law school time she began to work in Criminal Defense and Family Law with Mark M. Ferguson, Attorney at Law as a Law Clerk. Upon passing the bar, Kaelyn was hired on as an associate attorney with them. Kaelyn is admitted to practice law in both Missouri and Kansas. Kaelyn is also a Guardian Ad Litem, which allows her to investigate what solutions would be in the best interest of a child, typically seen in divorce or parental rights and responsibilities cases. In her work, Kaelyn continues to specialize in criminal law as well as focusing on family law."
Kelisen Molloy, J.D., mediator/contract attorney
Kristy Borders, J.D., mediator/contract attorney
PO Box 28936, Kansas City, MO 64188
Prior to becoming an attorney, Kristy Borders was a private investigator and process server. She has also worked in education, insurance, and security. Having been married and divorced three times, she is no stranger to the realistic effects of marriage and divorce. She also has extensive knowledge of child custody, child support, and other family law issues. Her prior experiences help ensure that she is able to help clients understand and explore their options during mediation. Kristy is passionate about making sure that people make informed and voluntary decisions regarding their life. Kristy also works as a Guardian ad Litem and fully understands the need to place the best interest of the child at the forefront of her work.
Lindsay Mathews, J.D., mediator/contract attorney
4240 Blue Ridge Blvd Suite 600 Kansas City, MO 64133
Lindsay Mathews is a domestic attorney with a passion for walking people through difficult conversations in order to arrive at creative solutions. In her humble opinion, while there is a time and place for litigation, mediation is where the real magic happens. Lindsay loves chasing her family around town and dreams of one day being able to drink a cup of coffee before it gets cold.
Lisa Hansen, J.D., mediator
Megan Alfano, J.D., mediator/contract attorney
3535 Broadway Blvd., R105 Kansas City, MO 64111
"Megan Alfano is a Missouri native. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a B.A. in Criminology and University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Megan began practicing family law while in law school at UMKC. Megan began her career in Kansas City practicing family and probate law. She later worked at a non-profit organization assisting low-income families with orders of protection, custody and divorce matters, adoptions, probate and guardianships.
Since opening Alfano Law Firm, Megan has focused on probate, estate planning, elder law and various family law matters.
Megan is a Missouri Supreme Court approved Mediator and a Guardian Ad Litem that advocates for the best interests of children. Megan also serves as a Missouri State Special Public Defender. When Megan is not working to serve the community, you can find her hanging out with her pups!"
Michelle Foster, J.D., mediator/contract attorney
10525 N. Ambassador Dr., Ste. 208 Kansas City, MO 64153
"In 2018 I joined the Kiske Law Office, LLC as an Associate Attorney with the passion to assist you through your life transitions. Prior to joining the Kiske Law Office, I worked as a Document Review Attorney with Epiq Systems. In 2016, I graduated from Washburn University School of Law with honors. During my time in law school, I had the honor to serve as the Executive Research Editor for the Family Law Quarterly during the 2015-2016 school year. I am a also 2013 graduate from Kansas State University with a bachelors in American Ethnic Studies and Political Science."
Patricia Hagenah, J.D., mediator
3720 Arrowhead Ave., Ste. 104 Independence, MO 64057
"Patricia has been mediating family law disputes for more than 20 years and has been practicing family law for almost 30 years. Patricia focuses her practice on mediation of family law matters including divorce, parenting and child custody issues, child support, and guardianship issues.
Patricia is a member of the Family Law Section of the Missouri Bar, the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts, and the Association of Missouri Mediators, where she also served as a board member and secretary. When her children were in Blue Springs public schools, Patricia volunteered for various activities, including serving as a board member and treasurer of the Blue Springs Music Boosters, which provides support to music programs for children of all ages in Blue Springs public schools.
Patricia graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in 1979 and a M.A. in 1982. After spending several years working in state government in Jefferson City, Patricia moved to Kansas City, where she attended law school at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Patricia was selected for the UMKC Law Review where she was published and served as an editor. Patricia received her law degree and was admitted to practice law in the state of Missouri in 1991. In 1999, Patricia received her mediation training at the University of Missouri School of Law Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution and has since made mediation her primary focus."
Ronnie Beach, MS, mediator
"I care about children! My background and training is centered on families, child development and how to help Moms and Dads move forward with their lives. I will approach our work from what would serve your child or children the best. The vast majority of my mediation work involves helping Moms and Dads figure this out. I have had the opportunity to serve hundreds of parents as this is the main focus of my mediation work. This experience will help to develop a parenting plan that really works for everyone. This is coupled with an understanding of the challenges and demands the real world places on each parent. Every parent will be treated with dignity. The process begins with an individual meeting. This allows each parent the opportunity to completely share their concerns and goals for the mediation. Parents make the best decisions about their children. I'll help you get there!"
Terri Round, J.D., mediator/contract attorney
4717 Grand Ave., Suite 300 Kansas City, MO 64112
"Terri has spent 30 years in the Kansas City legal community resolving tens of thousands of cases, from felonies to municipal ordinance violations. She and her partner transitioned into private practice with their newly formed practice, Resolve Legal Services, in 2021. Terri has extensive experience in domestic cases, including matters with allegations of intimate partner violence, elder abuse, and financial fraud."