Since 1901, McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips has been a leading litigation firm in the Midwest.  Our clients range from individuals and small businesses to national and international corporations.  The firm's general practice civil litigation attorneys have hands-on trial experience in a wide range of complex litigation areas and represent clients in the state and federal courts of Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Arkansas and other states across the nation. Our litigation team includes not only our attorneys, but also a dedicated and experienced staff and the latest in litigation technology.

Administrative Law 

McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips regularly represents clients before federal, state and local administrative agencies in matters ranging from arbitration and civil rights to utility regulation and zoning.

Alternative Dispute Resolution 

While we are committed to representing our clients in court, we recognize that many cases can be resolved prior to trial through alternative dispute resolution.  We often successfully participate in mediations, arbitrations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution as a more efficient and less costly alternative to litigation.

Antitrust and Unfair Competition 

We aggressively represent clients in antitrust actions in state and federal courts.  Our attorneys have been involved in many noteworthy cases over the years, including the longest civil jury trial in the history of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. In addition to litigation, we advise our clients on a broad range of antitrust issues, trade secrets, restrictive covenants and other related matters.

Banking and Financial Services

Our attorneys handle a wide variety of financial services litigation, including matters of leasing, fiduciary duties, bonds, lending, bankruptcy, debtors' and creditors' rights, and securities and investments. 

McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips has been recently selected as a Go-To Law Firm for Leading Financial Services Companies by ALM's Corporate Counsel Magazine.  The firm was named to this exclusive list of law firms in the area of litigation.

Business Litigation 

As the Midwest's leading law firm in business litigation, we represent clients ranging from the federal government and Fortune 500 corporations to local entrepreneurs and small businesses in antitrust, corporate issues, director, officer and other professional liability, intellectual property and many other types of commercial disputes.


We represent owners, developers, architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors and other construction professionals in counseling, litigation and arbitration involving commercial and residential acquisition, development and construction, ranging from litigation involving nuclear power plants to claims by homeowners.


McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips has a wealth of experience in the laws and issues surrounding our education system and is known as a leading education law firm in the Midwest.  We serve as general counsel for several school districts, are active members in the Council of School Attorneys for the National Association of School Boards and its state branches, and appear before state legislatures to provide testimony to education committees.


We represent insurance carriers and their insureds in a wide variety of insurance defense litigation, including automobile, civil rights, directors' and officers' liability, product liability, professional liability and other tort actions and insurance and reinsurance companies in insurance coverage litigation.

Professional Liability 

Because lawyers and other professionals are the object of an increasing number of claims, we often defend other lawyers and professionals in professional liability litigation.  Many years of legal practice provide insights into defending legal malpractice claims. The firm also assists individuals and corporations assert claims against professionals.  

Directors' and Officers' Liability 

McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips has considerable experience in directors' and officers' liability. We represent corporations, insurance carriers and their insureds, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and other governmental entities in complex litigation involving hundreds of millions of dollars in claims.
The firm represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in litigation against directors, officers, and other professionals of banks and other financial institutions, obtaining multimillion dollar jury verdicts, judgments and settlements for the FDIC.

Byron A. Bowles, Jr.
Gregory T. Cook
Ryan B. Denk
F. Charles Dunlay
Alan T. Fogleman
Gregory P. Goheen
Lawrence D. Greenbaum