Rick practices in the areas of negligence and injury cases, business litigation, insurance and workers compensation. He has successfully handled hundreds of cases representing parties in wrongful death and injuries from truck wrecks, car crashes, death and injuries from drunk driver collisions, dangerous products, premises liability, even actions against out of control bounty hunters, and other wrongful acts of companies and individuals. Since his practice often involves medical issues, it includes the related claims from those injuries including Social Security disability and disability insurance claims.
He has experience representing individuals and businesses in litigation involving companies and municipalities, established and advised employee owned companies, been involved in class action cases, and abusive debt collection cases, and cases concerning the failure of insurance companies to protect their insured. He has also been involved in pension and ERISA issues including establishing and administering pension plans, representing claimants in disability claims against ERISA and insurance policies, as well as collective bargaining contracts, employer self insurance, arbitration and individual rights matters.
Rick is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, receiving his Juris Doctorate in 1979. From 1978-1981 he was a law clerk for the Honorable Louis Lombardo on the Circuit Court of Jackson County. Following his clerkship he entered private practice with his father’s firm. Rick has presented at seminars on litigation of car wrecks, insurance claims, and worker’s compensation matters to other attorneys and insurers.
Rick is admitted to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Districts of Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado, the Federal District Courts for the Western District of Missouri, the District of Kansas, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Missouri Bar Association and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. He has over 30 years of experience.
Rick and Gwen have 3 children, one son-in-law and one daughter-in-law as well as a canine ‘child’. He is a member of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection where he currently volunteers on the video production team. Rick enjoys sailing and mountain sports.
|KS||Authorized to practice law||1997||10/20/2021|
|MO||Good Standing, Active||1979||11/08/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Attorney||Gepford Law Group, L.C.||2002 - Present|
|Attorney||Gepford and Gepford||1980 - 2002|
|law clerk||Jackson County Circuit Court||1978 - 1980|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys||Supporting Member||2016 - Present|
|Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|Eastern Jackson County Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Supporting member||1979 - Present|
|Missouri Bar||Member||1979 - Present|
|University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law||J.D.||1979|
|University of Missouri (Kansas City, MO)||B.A.||1978|
|Workers' Compensation in Kansas||Deposing The Medical Expert: Tricks of the Trade; Subrogation; Social Security and The Worker's Compensation Settlemennt; Ten Steps to Litigation: A Primer On How To Insure A Claimant Will Get A Lawyer||2001|
|Workers' Compensation in Kansas||How the ADA/FMLA Interact With The Workers' Compensation Case||1999|
|Labor Law Briefing||Employee Stock Ownership Plans||1994|
|Workers' Compensation - "Confronting the Crisis"||Current problems and future solutinos regarding workers compensation||1991|
|Emergency Providers Inc. vs. MAST Ambulance et. al.||case settled after 5 years of litigation|
|Tong vs. Arrowhead Bonding||Received judgment for my client against Arrowhead Bonding and the bounty hunters in excess of $1 millon|
Posted by Ron
October 10, 2016